ACT-220: Residential Design

This course is INACTIVE
Technology - DNU
Arch Construction-DNU
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Residential Design
Cross-Referenced Course
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
ACT-130 and ACT-150
Catalog Course Description

This is an advanced course in which the student develops a residential design for an assigned site and client.  Included are site planning, building design and a partial set of construction documents.  Presentation drawings of the proposed design are also required.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Programming a residential design project
  2. Functional organization through “bubble-diagramming”
  3. Coordinating building requirements with natural site amenities and legal restrictions
  4. Schematic design of plans, sections and elevations
  5. Development of final design presentation documents including:

    • Site plan • Floor plans • Building sections • Exterior elevations

  6. Analysis of construction materials and processes
  7. Design development for pre-construction document preparation
  8. Development of construction documents for:

    • Floor plans • Building sections • Wall sections and details

Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Analyze and organize functions for a specific residential design
  2. Analyze and organize site parameters for building placement
  3. Create schematic plans, sections and elevations
  4. Create a comprehensive design presentation
  5. Select appropriate materials, finishes, appliances and equipment
  6. *Translate a design presentation into usable construction documents
  7. Produce properly formatted construction documents
  8. Utilize building codes as they relate to residential design and construction
  9. Apply CAD skills in the preparation of documents

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment is based on performance of periodic lab projects. All assessment of student achievement is left to the discretion of the individual instructor.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2015
Deactivation Date
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date