ARCH 2020 - Structural Systems
Credit Hours: 3.00
Prerequisites: ARCH 1010
(formerly DRAD 2020)
Using analytical and graphical solutions, students will evaluate the theory and practice behind the creation of architectural structures. They will learn about structural principals found in nature and case studies of buildings that lead in the evolution of structural engineering and built form. Structural prototypes will be constructed including both hands-on model making and analytical computer modeling which will introduce methods for developing and testing systems. Students will create drawings with architectural design of structural members and material properties including steel, concrete, timber and other structural materials. Analysis of external and internal loads, basic mathematical calculations of structures, and movement of the structure under various loads will be examined and summarized.
Billable Contact Hours: 6
When Offered: Winter semester only
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to interpret terminology, conventions, techniques, and symbols of the building forces.
- Identify the language of structural engineering including shear, strain, bending, and deflection.
- Identify symbols, within the analysis and completed documentation of structures.
- Identify connections, within the analysis and completed documentation of structures.
- Identify annotation within the analysis and completed documentation of structures.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to analyze natural and engineered structures.
- Classify various material properties of a tree, spider web, eggshell, soap bubbles and the human body.
- Classify various structural properties of a tree, spider web, eggshell, soap bubbles and the human body.
- Compare natural structures.
- Compare engineered structures.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to analyze the structural forces in various building forms and materials.
- Examine general theory of structures including loads, forces, and properties.
- Identify structural components within the systems.
- Compare steel, concrete, timber and other materials.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to research the structural principles within existing case studies.
- Identify projects with new processes, fabrication methods, and geometric configurations.
- Name the structural pioneers who tested the limits of contemporary engineering with new models of our built environment.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to create a physical model of structural forms.
- Gather several materials.
- Develop models with materials found in nature and man-made.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to evaluate various computer programs used for structural analysis.
- Identify connections between architecture and structural analysis computer software.
- Generate structural layouts and connections using BIM technology.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to critique architectural drawings for the purpose of determining the structural system and detail requirements.
- Develop sketches of the structural system within existing construction documents.
- Generate details of various structural connections.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to create basic architectural structural drawings.
- Draw structural floor plans.
- Draw sections.
- Draw details of a small structure.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create a course architectural design portfolio.
- Present a collection of drawings created in the course.
- Identify the portfolio creation process.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• 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:
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
- Introduction to structures and design
- Graphical communication for structural design
- Case Studies
- Design of structural materials: Concrete, Timber, Steel, Plastic
- Analytical studies of structural systems
- Examination and experimentation with various Case Studies
- Structural Drawings
- Course Portfolio
Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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