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Course Descriptions CONST

CONST 102 Introduction to Construction Practices

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

This course provides students with in-depth analysis of the organization and structure of the construction industry and the many career choices the industry offers. Many of the construction trades are represented, with formal apprenticeship opportunities highlighted. The emerging "Green Building" jobs will be examined, as well as other topics in sustainability. Guest speakers and field trips provide the students a wide view of the expectations of entry-level work, wages, benefits, and work place culture. The curriculum also emphasizes job site safety, practical working knowledge of tool and equipment use, an introduction to blueprints, and an overview of industry math.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Define the roles that safety plays in the construction industry.

CONST 103 OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training

Units: 1

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This OSHA Outreach Training Program is for training construction students and industry workers in basic safety and health hazard recognition and prevention. This course is taught by authorized industry outreach trainers, and successful students will receive the OSHA 10 Hour card. Topics include: Intro to OSHA, Fall Protection, Electrical, Ladders and Stairs, Scaffolds, PPE, Hand and Power Tools, Hazcom, Motor Vehicles, Confined Space Entry, Fire Protection, and Ergonomics.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1-Recognize common workplace hazards on jobsites.

CONST 105 Rough Carpentry I - Tools, Materials, and Foundations

Units: 3

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to teach the introductory skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include an Introduction to the Industry, Hand and Power Tools, Building Materials, Introduction to Plans and Building Codes, Site Layout and Foundations. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, plan reading, as well as the fundamental layout techniques for foundations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 - Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the nature of the construction industry and the career opportunities to choose from.

CONST 106 Rough Carpentry II - Floors, Walls, and Roof Framing

Units: 3

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include Skill Development in Hand and Power Tool use, as well as techniques in Floor Framing, Wall Framing and Roof Framing. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands-on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, plan reading, as well as the fundamental layout techniques for floor, wall, and roof framing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 - Identify common hand and power tools used in the construction industry and develop skills and competence in their safe and efficient use.

CONST 107 Rough Carpentry III - Exterior Finishes

Units: 3

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include skill development for hand and power tools, review of framing principles, windows and doors, insulation and ventilation, exterior siding, and roofing. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands-on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, window and door installations, as well as siding and roofing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 - Demonstrate basic proficiency with the hand and power tools commonly associated with the installation of windows and doors, exterior siding, insulation and roofing.

CONST 108 Finish Carpentry I - Interior Finish

Units: 3

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include Skill development with tools, Drywall, Interior doors and door frames, Interior trim, Stairs and cabinets. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands-on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, drywall applications, as well as the accurate installation of interior trim.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 - Identify common hand and power tools used in Interior finish and demonstrate competence and skill development in their safe and efficient use.

CONST 130 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship I

Units: 6

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: CONST 102

This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. This course covers an Introduction to the Industry, Building Materials, Hand and Power tools, Introduction to Plans and Building Codes, Site Layout and Foundations, Floor Framing, Wall Framing and Roof Framing. This is the second of three courses that make up the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship certificate.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO. #1 - Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the nature of the construction industry and the career opportunities to choose from.

CONST 131 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship II

Units: 7

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 216 hours LAB

Prerequisite: CONST 130 with a grade of "C" or better

This is the third of three courses that make up the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship program. This program prepares students for jobs in the construction trades. The course also prepares students for careers in the Building Performance and Energy Assessment certificate. This course is a continuation of the curriculum from CONST 130 and covers windows and doors, Insulation and Ventilation, Interior and Exterior finishes, Intro to Green Building, Energy Awareness, and Fundamentals in Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing. Construction projects may be located at both on and off campus sites.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1- Recognize and describe components in typical residential building assemblies for exterior walls, including doors, windows, exterior siding, and insulation.

CONST 142 Energy, Performance, and Indoor Air Quality

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This course is intended to be the third in the series of Green Building courses, although the sequence is not mandatory. Each course in the series focuses on specific pieces of the larger Green Building sector. This course covers the following topics: The science of energy and its sources, as well as the common alternative and renewable sources of energy that are being researched and developed.
Green building guidelines and state energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances will also be examined. The "Whole House approach" to Building Performance will be an under-current through out the course. Indoor Air Quality, and other health topics will be introduced. This course satisfies the elective units for the CRC Green Building Certificate.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Demonstrate the skills and competencies in Building Performance and Indoor Air Quality that will enable them to compete effectively in the emerging green building industry.

CONST 143 Photovoltaic Systems

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This course will cover general solar industry topics with an emphasis photovoltaic principles and products. There will be a brief study of the political landscape in California in support of the California Solar Initiative, and market strategies and incentives will also be discussed. There will be some hands on projects to help students learn basic electrical theory and circuits, and an introduction to print reading. System Sizing and components will be covered as well. This class is part of the Green Buildings: Environmental Design, Energy Management and Performance Based Construction Certificate.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1 Demonstrate safe working practices associated with photovoltaic installations.

CONST 160 Introduction to Residential Building Performance

Units: 6

Hours: 81 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: CONST 130 and 131, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

This class focuses on preparing students for jobs within the Residential Building Performance and Weatherization industries. This class will train students in residential building science, energy efficiency, and combustion appliance safety. Topics will include nationally recognized Building Performance Institute standards and California Weatherization Installation Standards, Duct and Shell Sealing Measures, and Combustion Appliance Zone testing. This is the first course in the Residential Building Performance and Energy Assessment certificate.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Define the role that building performance and weatherization play in helping to reduce the demand for energy.

CONST 161 Intermediate Residential Building Performance and Energy Auditing

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: CONST 160 with a grade of "C" or better

This course focuses on preparing students for jobs in the Building Performance and Residential Energy Assessment industry. This class will train students about current auditing methods and standards including inspection, whole house performance diagnostics, building science, software applications for the energy professional, utility fee structure and bill disaggregation, and the industry's recognized rating systems. This course will also prepare the student for the Building Performance Institute "Building Analyst" exam.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Identify the industry's recognized energy assessment and audit measures.

CONST 163 Advanced Energy Auditing and Energy Modeling

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: CONST 161

This course prepares students for jobs in the building performance and energy auditing industry. This class will train students in advanced energy auditing techniques using energy modeling software, and thermography. Students will be trained to use energy modeling software recognized by the California Energy Commission for both new and existing structures. Students will also be trained to use infra red imaging for accurate, non-invasive inspection of homes, assisting the auditor in locating thermal bridging in the building envelope. Topics in Multifamily and "Envelope Professional" certification will also be discussed.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Demonstrate entry level proficiency with energy modeling software.

CONST 294 Topics in Green Building Technology

Units: 0.5 - 4

Hours: 9 - 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This course covers special topics not included in current green building classes. Topics may be offered in workshops or seminar presentations on timely subjects or targeted for specific audiences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Demonstrate the skills and competencies that will enable them to compete effectively in the emerging green building industry.

CONST 298 Work Experience in Construction

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Construction.

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in associate degree level or certificate occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)