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  • Objectives
    The program introduces the student to the principles of design and planning, contemporary building methods, and structural and environmental engineering related to architectural construction. Individual and team projects involved with residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings, assist in the development of knowledge and skills required for careers in the architectural field.
  • Practical experience
    This co-operative education program consists of 6 academic semesters and 4 work terms over a 3.3 to 3.7 year period.
  • Academic Title
    Architectural Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ARCH-1001    Architectural Design 1     3.00
    • CADD-1041    Architectural AutoCAD 1     4.00
    • WRIT-1039    Reason & Writing 1-Technology     3.00
    • DRAF-1059    Architectural Fundamentals 1     3.00
    • MATS-1002    Materials & Methods 1     3.00
    • MATH-1061    Statics     3.00
    • ARCH-1006    History of Architecture     3.00
    • ENVR-1017    Sustainability in the Built Environment     3.00

    Level 2    Credits

    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CADD-1042    Architectural AutoCAD 2     4.00
    • ARCH-1003    Architectural Design 2     3.00
    • ARCH-1004    Ontario Building Code I     2.00
    • DRAF-3022    Architectural Project 2     5.25
    • MATS-1007    Materials & Methods 2     3.00
    • MECH-1009    Mechanics of Materials     3.00
    • MATH-1041    Architectural Mathematics     3.00
    • SFTY-1029    Health & Safety     3.00

    Level 3    Credits

    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ARCH-3002    Architectural Design 3     3.00
    • ARCH-1021    Ontario Building Code 2     2.00
    • DRAF-3024    Architectural Project 3     5.25
    • ENGR-1004    Environmental Engineering-Electrical     2.00
    • MATS-3009    Materials & Methods 3     3.00
    • CONS-1012    Quantities     3.00
    • ENGR-3007    Structural Engineering 1     3.00
    • SURV-1002    Surveying     3.00

    Level 4    Credits

    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ARCH-3003    Architectural Design 4     3.00
    • CADD-5011    Rendering     3.00
    • DRAF-3025    Architectural Project 4     5.25
    • ENGR-1006    Environmental Engineering (HVAC)     4.00
    • MATS-3010    Materials & Methods 4     3.00
    • ENGR-3009    Structural Engineering 2     2.00

    Level 5    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • URBN-1025    Urban Environmental Studies     2.00
    • MATS-5003    Building Science 1     2.00
    • ARCH-5002    Architectural Design 5     3.00
    • DRAF-3026    Architectural Project 5     5.25
    • ECON-1010    Building Economics     3.00
    • ARCH-3007    Specifications 1     2.00
    • ENGR-5007    Structural Engineering 3     3.00

    Level 6    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ARCH-5004    Architectural Design 6     3.00
    • MATS-5004    Building Science 2     2.00
    • ARCH-5006    Architectural Office Procedures     3.00
    • DRAF-5013    Architectural Project 6     5.25
    • ARCH-5007    Specifications 2     3.00
    • ENGR-5009    Structural Engineering 4     2.00
    • COMM-5005    Technical Report Prod for Bldg Tech'y     2.00

    Gen Ed - Electives

    Take 6 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 4 and 5

    ARCH-1001 -  Architectural Design 1

    This course is an introduction to the principles of design and planning, through study and analysis of architectural language, scale, function, circulation, spatial relationships and activities as they relate to buildings. Basic design principles will be studied through a number of exercises and assignments in either individual or group format.

    ARCH-1003 -  Architectural Design 2

    Through the use of individual projects, this course continues the study of design by preparing preliminary sketches and presentation drawings for a single storey load bearing masonry building with wood framed truss roof. The project will be based on a building type of commercial or institutional use. All sketches and presentation drawings for this course will be created using manual drawing techniques. ARCH1003 and DRAF3022 are co-requisites. These courses MUST be completed successfully together in the same semester. Failure in either course will require that BOTH courses be repeated.

    ARCH-1004 -  Ontario Building Code I

    This course is an introduction to the Ontario Building Code and other regulations published by national, provincial and municipal jurisdictions, affecting public safety in buildings.

    ARCH-1006 -  History of Architecture

    This course is a study of architectural development beginning with ancient and classical architecture, continuing with medieval and renaissance architecture, and concluding with post renaissance, international and modern architecture. Significant developments in style, technology, and techniques of construction will also be studied.

    ARCH-1021 -  Ontario Building Code 2

    This course continues the study of the Ontario Building Code and other regulations related to architectural practice. The student will study and apply criteria and requirements of the Ontario Building Code to a variety of building situations, focusing on Part 3.

    ARCH-3002 -  Architectural Design 3

    This course continues the study of design principles. With given requirements and information about site conditions and spatial requirements, students will design an industrial building and prepare the required preliminary and presentation drawings. The focus will be on framing and curtain wall cladding for structural steel.ARCH-3002, DRAF-3024, and ENGR-3007 are co-requisites. These 3 courses MUST be completed successfully together in the same semester. Failure in ANY of these courses will require that ALL 3 courses be repeated.

    ARCH-3003 -  Architectural Design 4

    Given the requirements for a project and information about site conditions, the student will continue the study of design principles by preparing preliminary and presentation drawings for a multi-unit residential building of maximum 2 storey height on a restrictive infill site. This project will incorporate wood frame construction and concrete foundations. Architectural Design, ARCH-3003, DRAF-3015 and ENGR-3009 are co-requisites. These courses MUST be completed successfully together in the same semester. Failure in ANY of these courses will require that ALL 3 courses be repeated.

    ARCH-3007 -  Specifications 1

    This course introduces the student to the use of specifications in the construction industry through the study of specification writing, contract documents, and master specifications.

    ARCH-5002 -  Architectural Design 5

    Given the requirements for a project and information about site conditions, the students will continue the study of design principles by preparing preliminary and presentation drawings for a multi-use commercial building renovation. The building will be designed using an existing concrete structure. A separate parking structure will be included on the site. ARCH-5002, DRAF-3026, and ENGR-5007 are co-requisites.

    ARCH-5004 -  Architectural Design 6

    This course continues the study of design principles. With given requirements and information about site conditions, the student will design and prepare preliminary sketches and presentation drawings of a multi-storey residential building project. ARCH-5004, DRAF-5013, and ENGR-5009 are co-requisites.

    ARCH-5006 -  Architectural Office Procedures

    This course is designed to familiarize students with the knowledge of business procedures and management principles that are applied to an Architectural project. This includes the study of topics such as professionalism, conduct, liability, contracts, office practice, bonding, insurance, scheduling, guarantees, labour relations, and project management.

    ARCH-5007 -  Specifications 2

    This course will continue the study of specifications started in ARCH-3007, Specifications1, by introducing advanced techniques of specification writing through the use of electronic editing and computer-based master specifications.

    CADD-1041 -  Architectural AutoCAD 1
    This course is an introduction to the use of computer aided design and drafting through the preparation of architectural drawings.

    CADD-1042 -  Architectural AutoCAD 2

    This course studies advanced use of 2-D computer aided design and drafting through the preparation of architectural drawings, as well as an introduction to 3-dimensional AutoCAD concepts.

    CADD-5011 -  Rendering

    In this course the students will develop the knowledge achieved in course CADD-1042; additionally they will be exposed to a variety of programs that may be used to create 3D Architectural models and renderings.

    COMM-5005 -  Technical Report Prod for Bldg Tech'y

    This course will require the student to perform primary and secondary research in the production and presentation of various types of formal reports. The presentation includes designing a persuasive oral presentation.

    CONS-1012 -  Quantities

    This course will introduce the Architectural Technology student to the process of Quantity Surveying and Estimating from the perspective of the General Contractor for the purposes of completing a stipulated price bid/tender. Items of Site Work, Concrete, Masonry, and Rough Carpentry will be taken off. The components of a detailed contractor's estimate will also be covered.

    DRAF-1059 -  Architectural Fundamentals 1

    In this course, students will develop the skills necessary to read and produce architectural working drawings. A number of exercises and small projects will be produced using industry standards of practice.

    DRAF-3022 -  Architectural Project 2

    In this course, the student will prepare a partial set of construction drawings for the single storey commercial or institutional building designed in course ARCH1003. Drawings will be prepared using AutoCAD. ARCH1003 and DRAF3022 are co-requisites. These courses MUST be completed successfully together in the same semester. Failure in either course will require that BOTH courses be repeated.

    DRAF-3024 -  Architectural Project 3

    In this course, students will prepare a partial set of construction drawings for an industrial building based on the design concepts in ARCH-3002. ARCH-3002, DRAF-3024, and ENGR-3007 are co-requisites. These 3 courses MUST be completed successfully together in the same semester. Failure in ANY of these courses will require that ALL 3 courses be repeated.

    DRAF-3025 -  Architectural Project 4

    In this course, students will prepare a partial set of construction drawings for the multi-unit residential building design project described in ARCH-3003, Architectural Design. ARCH-3003, DRAF-3025, and ENGR-3009 are co-requisites. These courses MUST be completed successfully together in the same semester. Failure in ANY of these courses will require that ALL 3 courses be repeated.

    DRAF-3026 -  Architectural Project 5

    In this course, students will prepare a partial set of construction drawings for the multi-use project as designed in ARCH-5002. ARCH-5002, DRAF-3026, and ENGR-5007 are co-requisites.

    DRAF-5013 -  Architectural Project 6

    In this course, students will prepare a set of construction drawings for the multi-storey residential building as described in ARCH5004. ARCH5004, DRAF-5013, and ENGR5009 are co-requisites.

    ECON-1010 -  Building Economics

    This course is an introductory course in building economics. Topics will include the purchase and sale of Real Estate, income properties, economics of development, feasibility studies, and budget estimating methods for various types of buildings.

    ENGR-1004 -  Environmental Engineering-Electrical
    This course will provide the Architectural student with an understanding of the basic principles of electrical power and lighting for buildings in accordance with codes and accepted industry standards. The course will cover determining service size and distribution of electrical power with emphasis on residential applications, and lighting design with emphasis on commercial/institutional applications.

    ENGR-1006 -  Environmental Engineering (HVAC)
    This course introduces the student to the principles involved in the application and design of HVAC and plumbing systems for buildings with regard to human comfort, function, economics, and code compliance.

    ENGR-3007 -  Structural Engineering 1

    This course introduces the student to the study of design procedures for the selection of structural steel members for the frame of an industrial or commercial building. The members will include owsj, beams, girders, and columns. Foundation design will also be studied. ARCH-3002, DRAF-3024 and ENGR-3007 are co-requisites. These 3 courses MUST be completed successfully together in the same semester. Failure in ANY of these courses will require that ALL 3 courses be repeated.

    ENGR-3009 -  Structural Engineering 2

    In this course, the student will study the design procedures for the selection of masonry units used in load-bearing, plain, and reinforced masonry construction. The student will also study the design procedures for the sizing of decks, joists, beams, girders, trusses, and columns used in timber buildings. This course is a co-requisite to the fourth semester Architectural Drafting project.

    ENGR-5007 -  Structural Engineering 3

    In ENGR-5007, the student will study the design and theory of reinforced concrete components. The emphasis will be placed on application of the course material to the design of reinforced concrete components used in buildings.ARCH-5002, DRAF-3026 and ENGR-5007 are co-requisites.

    ENGR-5009 -  Structural Engineering 4

    ENGR-5009 is a continuation of the study of structural engineering principles in which emphasis will be given to design procedures for framing systems commonly used in highrise residential construction. This course is designed to assist the student in the production of drawings related to the sixth semester Architectural Drafting project.

    ENVR-1017 -  Sustainability in the Built Environment
    This is an introductory course that investigates sustainability in the built environment. Students will explore the topic as it applies to environmental stewardship, professional practices, and certifications as well as investigate sustainable building design, construction, and maintenance approaches and practices.

    MATH-1041 -  Architectural Mathematics

    The concepts studied in this course pertain to measured data, fundamental algebraic operations, trigonometry, and the plane geometry of triangles and circles. Solutions to practical problems using mensuration techniques. A solid grasp of these topics will be of value to the student in the core subject areas of the program.

    MATH-1061 -  Statics

    In this course, the student will study forces, types of force systems, vectors, resultants, components, equilibrants, simple structures, method of joints, force diagrams, moments, equilibrium, beam and truss reactions, concentrated loads, and distributed loads.

    MATS-1002 -  Materials & Methods 1
    This course is an introduction to the study and composition of materials and methods of construction used in site work, concrete, masonry, metals, wood and plastics.

    MATS-1007 -  Materials & Methods 2
    This course continues the introduction to the study and composition of materials and methods of construction used in thermal and moisture protection, doors, windows and glass, acoustics and finishes, selected special construction, and conveying systems.

    MATS-3009 -  Materials & Methods 3
    Materials and Methods of construction for a typical two-storey industrial or commercial structure including relevant adjacent components and their integration as a finished assembly for foundations, walls, floors, roofs, doors and windows, and stair requirements. Energy conservation choices, green architecture, and field trips may be included wherever possible.

    MATS-3010 -  Materials & Methods 4
    Materials and Methods of construction in residential timber-framed construction including relevant adjacent components and their integration as a finished assembly for foundations, walls, floors, roofs, doors and windows, and stair requirements. 'Energy conservation choices' and 'green architecture' are included. Field visits and reports are required components of this course.

    MATS-5003 -  Building Science 1

    A building science course in which students will analyze principles of building enclosure designs related to elements of the indoor and outdoor environments, and service life of materials.

    MATS-5004 -  Building Science 2

    MATS-5004 is a building science course in which students will analyze building enclosure design including air, moisture, and thermal control in wall, window, and roof design.

    MECH-1009 -  Mechanics of Materials
    In this course, the student will study centroids, moment of inertia, section moduli, radii of gyration; shear, tensile and compressive stresses; statically determinate beams; shear force diagrams, bending moment diagrams; design of beams for bending moment, shear, deflection and lateral bending; beam formulae; and columns, slenderness ratio and concentric loads.

    SFTY-1029 -  Health & Safety
    People who go to work should feel confident that they will end their work day uninjured and healthy, both mentally and physically. Working conditions have not always been as safe as they are today, and remain unsafe in many parts of the world. Terms such as "mad as a hatter" and "canary in a coal mine" reflect historical exposure to toxic chemicals as a result of deficiencies in workplace health and safety. Ontario's current policies and legislation are the result of a long history of workers striving for better and safer working conditions.Workplace safety can be divided into two broad categories: physical and psychosocial. Students need to be aware of both to ensure a healthy, safe and productive work environment. Through discussions, lectures and films covering a variety of topics such as historical workplace conditions, disasters and resulting injuries in Canada and elsewhere in the world, students will learn to understand and appreciate the evolution of workplace safety, health policies and practices in place today.This course will provide students with knowledge of the legislation, policies, procedures, agencies, organizations and committees whose purpose is to protect workers against health and safety hazards on the job. Topics will include the history of health and safety in Canada and around the world, federal and provincial legislation, hazard classification systems, fire prevention, air quality, ergonomics and the cause and prevention of workplace violence.This course addresses both physical and psychosocial factors related to ensuring a healthy, safe and productive work enviromnent.

    SURV-1002 -  Surveying

    In this course, the students will learn the basic methods and skills for measuring distance and difference in elevation. The student will be shown how to apply these skills in detail location methods and plotting techniques which will enable them to prepare contour and site plans.

    URBN-1025 -  Urban Environmental Studies

    URBN-1025 is an introductory course in the basic principles of urban planning and the effects of urban planning upon the environment.

    WRIT-1039 -  Reason & Writing 1-Technology
    This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected issues and terms in technology.

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