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College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CNST 2110 - Applied Building Construction

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly DRAD 2110)

This course acquaints the student with terminology, methods, procedures, materials, sequences of operation, types of construction, and planning involved in construction of buildings.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify terms used in the construction industry.


  1. Define construction terms.
  2. Describe softwood characteristics.
  3. Describe hardwood characteristics.
  4. Identify sawed lumber.
  5. Identify engineered lumber.
  6. Identify wood sheet products.

Outcome 2
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use tools in the construction industry.


  1. Identify hand tools.
  2. Identify power tools.
  3. Identify leveling and layout tools.
  4. Use specified hand tools.
  5. Use specified power tools.

Outcome 3
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate approved safety practices.


  1. Describe general safety rules.
  2. Use safety glasses when cutting.
  3. Read approved safety information for each tool.

Outcome 4
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to read and interpret residential drawings.


  1. Identify foundation plans.
  2. Interpret floor plans.
  3. Recognize wall sections.
  4. Interpret elevations.
  5. Define specifications.

Outcome 5
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to work together in groups to build a model of a residential building.


  1. Construct footings.
  2. Construction foundations.
  3. Construct floors.
  4. Construct walls.
  5. Construct roofs.

Outcome 6
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to estimate quantities of materials needed to complete building projects.


  1. Calculate board feet.
  2. Calculate square footage.
  3. Calculate amount of concrete needed.

Outcome 7
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify different types of construction with emphasis placed on wood.


  1. Identify residential foundation systems.
  2. Assemble residential floors systems.
  3. Translate residential wall systems.
  4. Assemble residential roof systems.

Outcome 8
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the sequences of operations in building a residential structure.


  1. Use of a story pole.
  2. Layout of building on property.
  3. Use batter boards.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

  UNIT 1 - Getting Started  
1.1 LEC    
2.1 LEC Orientation, General Information Obtain Book / Begin Reading
  UNIT 2 - Preparing to Build  
3.1 LEC
3.2 LAB
Building Materials, Job Site Safety, Hand Tools, Power Tools
‘Test Your Knowledge’
Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 31
4.1 LEC
4.2 LAB
Plans, Specifications, Codes & Life Safety
‘Test Your Knowledge’; Chapter 3
  UNIT 3 - Foundations  
5.1 LEC
5.2 LAB
Building Layout
Building Layout Exercise
QUIZ - Unit 2 Preparing To Build
Test Your Knowledge’; Chapter 6
6.1 LEC
6.2 LAB
Masonry / Block Wall Construction - Demonstration
Test Your Knowledge’; Chapter 7
7.1 LAB CONSTRUCTION - Building Layout / Footing Construction Chapter 8
8.1 LAB CONSTRUCTION - Foundations  
  UNIT 4 - Floor Framing  
9.1 LEC Floor Framing QUIZ - Unit 3 Foundations
‘Test Your Knowledge’; Chapter 8
10.1 LAB CONSTRUCTION - Estimation, Layout & Construction  
11.1 LAB CONSTRUCTION - Floor Construction  
  UNIT 5 - Wall and Ceiling Framing  
12.1 LEC
12.2 LAB
Wall Framing
CONSTRUCTION - Estimation, Layout & Construction
QUIZ - Unit 4 Floor Framing
Test Your Knowledge’; Chapters 9,11
13.1 LAB CONSTRUCTION - Wall Framing  
15.1 LAB CONSTRUCTION - Wall Framing QUIZ - Unit 5 Wall Framing
Test Your Knowledge’; Chapters 12
  UNIT 6 - Roof Framing  
16.1 LEC
16.2 LAB
Roof Framing
CONSTRUCTION - Roof Framing Layout

Primary Faculty
Grant, Janice
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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