Construction Materials and Processes
Class Organization and Grading
The purpose of this course is to give the student an overall and
elementary understanding of construction materials and processes. We
will study one specific material category, one specific construction
process, and an overall construction system each week. The student
will have the opportunity to expand the studies to include materials and
processes which are normally encountered by the student in his/her work
In addition the student is expected to
research and report on the session materials and processes with respect to
sustainable or "green" construction.
By the end of this class you should:
- Be able to recognize quality control procedures for various materials.
- Be familiar with material manufacturing processes.
- Understand the physical limitations of the materials we are studying.
- Understand how the materials we are studying are used in construction.
- Know where to find information about materials when needed.
- Understand the regulatory environment under which materials are
manufactured and incorporated into new structures.
- Know the relevant history of each material.
- Know the important aspects of how each material is used in
Class Organization and Grading
The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum value in points a student
can receive within each module, and the time in which the modules must be finished.
||By End of Week
|0. Student Orientation
|1. Introduction To Construction Materials
|2. Concrete as a Building Material
|3. Concrete Placement and Handling
|4. Brick and CMU
|5. Masonry 2: Stone and Other Masonry
|6. Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals
|7. Wood and Lumber
|8. Manufactured Wood Products
|9. Waterproofing, Roofing, Insulation
|10. Finishes and course wrap up
It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall
behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each
week. Class work must be completed before the following Monday. Students will
not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available
in advance. Actual dates that modules will become available will be posted in
advance on the course calendar.
Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in at
least two class discussions. Each quiz will count 10 points and class discussions
will count 15 points per module. You can see that I consider class discussions to be
a very important part of this course. For that reason, the regular weekly
discussions are even more important than the weekly quizzes. Students
should provide at least 3 contributions to the class discussions each week
to gain the maximum points.
Grades will be posted on a weekly basis. You will have full access to your grade
sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.
Your overall grade in the course will be determined by the total number of
points you have accumulated on quizzes and assignments. The grading scale is
You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the
Detailed textbook information can be found at http://www.constructionclasses.com/textbooks.htm#mats