ACT-211: Commercial Construction Systems

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Architecture/Construction Tech
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Commercial Construction Systems
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

Focuses on small and large commercial building construction systems, techniques, materials and methods, including soils, foundations, structural systems, wall/cladding assemblies, roofs, and interior building systems. The investigation of building uses and the consideration of materials, equipment, and services are integral parts of this course.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction
  2. Commercial Construction Processes
  3. Soils investigation and properties
  4. Foundation systems
    • Shallow foundations
    • Deep foundations
    • Specialties
    • Retaining Walls
  5. Structural systems
    • Steel
    • Masonry
    • Concrete
  6. Wall and Cladding systems
  7. Roofing systems
  8. Interior construction systems
    • Walls
    • Floors
    • Ceilings
  9. Barrier Free Design and ADA
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Discuss the relationship between the participants in commercial construction
  2. Discuss the major systems used in commercial construction
  3. Analyze the selection of suitable materials for commercial construction systems
  4. Discuss the assembly techniques used in commercial construction systems
  5. Discuss the relationship between a material’s properties and use in commercial construction
  6. Analyze the sequence of construction used in commercial construction*
  7. Discuss testing processes used in various commercial materials

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment is based on performance of periodic tests and final exam. All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

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.

  1. Completion of the final exam with a minimum score of 75%.
  2. 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.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2015
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date