Materials and Methods Syllabus ET-127

Materials and Methods Syllabus

ET-127  Materials and Methods                                                       CR 3

Chris Scott – Instructor

Office   Main Office


Spring 2013

Catalog Description:

An introductory study of materials and methods of modern construction.  Materials included are Portland cement, ferrous and nonferrous metals, plastics, and asphalt.  Current equipment and methods of construction will be discussed.

Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of wood and wood by-products.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of wood grading and to be able to read typical grade stamps.

3. To show an understanding of CSI master format and its subdivision.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of cement, aggregates, and concrete.

5. Demonstrate an understanding an understanding of concrete admixtures and their relationship to concrete.

6. Demonstrate an understanding of the properties and the production of Ferrous and Nonferrous metals.

7. Demonstrate an understanding of how bituminous materials are produced and used.

8. Demonstrate an understanding of how stress and tensions affect materials.

Text – Allen, Edward , Fundamentals of Building Construction Materials and Methods Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc. 1999


Students will do a range of problems from the text and worksheets provide by the instructor.  In addition students will do two written activities, which are described later.


Tests                                                           30%

Worksheets, Quizzes,                           20%

Written Activities                                 30%

Final                                                           20%

Grades will be assigned on the basis of the following

94-100             A

81-83               B-

68-70               D+

91-93               A-

78-80               C+

64-67               D

88-90               B+

74-77               C

61-63               D-

84-87               B

71-73               C-

Below 60         F

Due Dates

Due Dates are usually given for all assignments.  According to the discretion of the instructor late assignments MAY BE REJECTED except for excusable reasons.  Promptness in the completion and turning in of assignments is a basic requirement for organized instruction and therefore it becomes the responsibility of the student to keep pace with the class assignments plan.


Cognitive examinations will be given periodically and possibly performance based examinations also.  The examinations may cover only the material presented since the previous test,  the material is cumulative therefore preparation for the exams should include a review of all past assignments and materials.  POP Quizzes may be given at any time during the semester.


Attendance is the responsibility of the student and may be used in the grading process in this course.  Only work missed due to an excused absence can be made up.  It will be the responsibility of the student to make up excused absences.

Code Paper                             Due Date: 1/27    5% of Total Grade

Take a visit to your local city hall or Morrison’s City Hall and obtain all local ordinances on set backs for residential structures.  In addition determine what type of plumbing and electrical is necessary for a residential structure.

Architectural Style Paper      Due Date.         5% of Total Grade

Find three homes in your local city or Morrison and in less then 1 page for each home determine what architectural style the home was built in. You should include all features that helped you determine its architectural style.  Pictures will help but are not required.

Article Review                       Due Date: 3/5     5% of Total Grade

Students will produced a typed one page article review of a new product or new method in the construction field.   At the top of the page students should include authors name, title of article, publications name, date of publication, and page numbers of the article.  Review should be double spaced and written in students own words.

Brochure Assignment            Due Date: 2/19     15% of Total Grade

From the product or new method of construction, students will produce a double side page brochure advertising the product or new method.  The page should be folded in thirds.  The brochure should contain a description of the product or new method of construction, pictures, drawings, charts, etc; and should be put together using the cut and paste method

Extra Credit:                 Due Date: 4/27    Up to 10%

Build a complete scale model of a wall section of a home.  Appropriate scales would be 1/8″ = 1′-0″ or 1/4″ = 1′-0″.  The model should include a representation of all materials in a typical framed structure from the concrete footer to the shingles on the roof. Use a layering approach to show all interior materials found within the wall cavity.