Courses in Architectural Drafting & Design

Introduction to Building Design and Energy Technology

BDET 1100     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
Overview of academic preparation and career opportunities in the field of: Architectural, Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP), structural, building design and energy technology. (Prerequisite: None)

Studio I

BDET 1110     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This is an introductory studio course for students interested in Building Design and Energy Technology. Studio I includes a combination of sketching and electronic drawing software applications. This course will cover, sketching techniques, dimensions, notations, organization, and measuring. This class advances into drawing a commercial wood-frame construction project while incorporating electronic drawing software into the design process. (Prerequisite: None)

Estimating Concepts

BDET 1120     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers principles of quantity takeoffs, identification of symbols, and computation of materials from a set of commercial construction working drawings utilizing the CSI divisions. (Prerequisite: None)

Materials and Methods

BDET 1130     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
The basic construction methods and materials used in building technologies are examined. Common building materials such as wood, masonry, concrete, and metals will be analyzed as it relates to commercial applications. The classification of materials and project delivery systems; application of principles of building science to construction sites; relationship between technology and sustainability will be addressed. (Prerequisite: None)

AutoCAD

BDET 1150     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This is an introductory 2D computer-aided drafting course that takes a practical hands-on approach to the use, operations, and methods of AutoCAD. It includes the following: drafting, line types, line widths, accuracy, and dimensioning, editing, drawing setup, scaling, and plotting. (Prerequisite: None)

Studio II

BDET 1210     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the materials, methods, and construction principles of a commercial project. Electronic drawing software and hand drawing will be utilized. Independent work, critical thinking, problem solving, and application are emphasized. A set of working drawings will be drawn incorporating construction documents. (Prerequisites: BDET 1110, 1150)

Building Analyst

BDET 1220     3.00 Credits
This course will provide an understanding of technical standards for home performance and weatherization retrofit. The course will provide an introduction to building performance as it relates to the residential sector. The student will be introduced to the building shell components, combustion zone and blower door testing. In addition, the student will be aware of the auditing process and customer relations. This course will follow the Building Performance Institute (BPI) standards and content for building analyst and envelop professional. (Prerequisites: BDET 1110, 1130)

Materials and Methods II

BDET 1230     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Construction methods and materials utilized in building technologies will be examined in detail. Building materials such as wood, masonry, concrete, and metals will be analyzed as it relates to commercial applications. This application will be by a single building material and/or as an assembly (e.g. wall section). The classification of materials and project delivery systems; application of principles of building science to construction sites; relationship between technology and sustainability will also be addressed. (Prerequisites: BDET 1130)

Construction Documents

BDET 1240     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an overview of construction documents including working drawings, specifications, and other contract documents. Emphasis on the development of project manual, legal and ethical aspects, and divisions of work. (Prerequisites: BDET 1110)

Revit

BDET 1250     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This is an introductory 3D computer-aided course that takes a practical hands-on approach to the use, operations, and methods of Revit. It includes the following: detailing and drafting views, construction documentation, and the basics of building modeling. (Prerequisites: BDET 1110, 1150)

Special Topics in Environmental Design

BDET 1260     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will provide an understanding of addressing surrounding environmental parameters. These parameters may result when devising plans, programs, policies, buildings or products. The course will also provide an introduction to the human-designed environment. This introduction will relate to interdisciplinary areas such as architecture, urban planning, and product design and sustainability issues. (Prerequisite: BDET 1110)

Internship

BDET 1320     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers applying classroom knowledge to the workplace. Students are responsible for finding an appropriate program related job. Course requirements will be adapted to the type of work performed by the student. (Prerequisites: BDET 2210, Advisor approval)

Studio III

BDET 2110     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Building Information Modeling (BIM) will be incorporated. Construction methods & materials, LEED principles, design process, preparation of details, research, and incorporation of applicable codes and ordinances shall be major factors in developing this coordinated set of working drawings. The International Building Code (IBC) and the American Disability Act (ADA) will be determining factors in this commercial project. This class will continue to further the students knowledge of construction, materials, and applications of various architectural and engineering design principles. (Prerequisites: BDET 1210)

Statics and Strengths of Materials

BDET 2120     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers an introduction to structural theory and calculation. It includes analysis of forces, vectors, calculations of forces, moments and internal stresses and strains in structural materials. It also includes tracing of load paths through the structure. (Prerequisites: MATH 125, BDET 1210)

MEP Systems (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing)

BDET 2130     3.00 Credits
This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing systems. HVAC, lighting, plumbing, and communication systems will be analyzed in reference to their impact on commercial design, space planning, construction cost, and sustainable design. (Prerequisites BDET 1210)

Building Codes

BDET 2140     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
The course will involve the current International Building Code (IBC), Chapter 1341 Minnesota Accessibility Code, International Residential Code, and Minnesota Energy Code. This class will address the understanding of the building codes as they relate to the residential and commercial sector. (Prerequisite: BDET 1210)

Revit II

BDET 2150     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course enables students to expand their knowledge in setting up office standards with templates that include annotation styles, preset views, sheets and schedules as well as creating custom systems, in-place and component families. (Prerequisite: BDET 1250)

Studio IV

BDET 2210     6.00 Credits
This capstone course will advance the students knowledge of commercial building design. Building Information Modeling (BIM) will be incorporated. CAD skills, construction methods & materials, preparation of details, research, and incorporation of applicable codes and ordinances shall be major factors in developing this coordinated set of working drawings. The International Building Code (IBC) and the American Disability Act (ADA) will be determining factors in this commercial project. This class will continue to further the students knowledge of construction, materials, and applications of architectural and engineering disciplines as they pertain to the construction of a commercial project. (Prerequisites: BDET 2110)