ACT-124: Construction Systems 1

This course is INACTIVE
Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Architecture/Construction Tech
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Construction Systems 1
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces residential construction materials and proper installation methods with reference to geographical location, cost, and material selection. Focuses on reading and working from blueprints, and working with traditional hand and power tools. Covers building layout procedures using the level and transit as well as foundation, floor, wall framing materials, and systems. Lab work includes small-scale concrete construction and rough frame construction of a wood frame house in a controlled environment. Utilizes software to research building materials and building codes.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Safety
  2. Hand and power tools
  3. Site and building layout
  4. Concrete and concrete block
  5. Foundation design and materials
  6. Framing methods and materials
  7. Floor framing
  8. Wall framing
  9. Sheathing and engineered panel products
  10. Traditional lumber
  11. Engineered lumber
  12. Rafters and trusses
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Discuss the materials used in residential construction and how they apply to stages of construction and building codes
  2. Discuss the relationship between building design and selection of materials
  3. Explain the properties of and limitations of various residential construction materials *
  4. Establish a proficiency in reading and working from sketches
  5. Establish a proficiency in reading and working from construction documents
  6. Establish carpentry skills necessary to function in the residential building trades
  7. Explain typical layout procedures used in structural framing *
  8. Explain rough framing techniques and how they apply to building codes
  9. Demonstrate the safe use of power tools

Demonstrate site and building layout procedures *

General Information

This course is being deactivated as part of the catalog cleanup project in 23/WI. It is not part of any active program and has not been offered in 3 or more years.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.

  1. Unit tests
  2. Construction projects
  3. Group assignments
  4. Attendance
  5. Final exam


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details
  1. Provide, in writing, a request to the department indicating the proposed rationale for requesting credit and describing (via portfolio) the type of college level learning upon which the request is based.
  2. Completion of the final exam with a minimum score of 75%.
  3. Schedule an interview with the appropriate instructor(s) to discuss the request and exam.

Upon review of the request, portfolio, and documentation, the department will make a determination whether credit will be granted.

Effective Term
Summer 2024