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Building Structures (ARCH 1500)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course provides a basic understanding of the structural design for beams, columns, and joists in wood, steel, and concrete. It emphasizes the nature of frame structures and is intended to provide an architectural technician with the knowledge necessary to work with a structural engineer.

Topical Outline:
1. Structural concepts of forces, the load path, and how different factors affect the design of structures
2. Fundamental physical properties of wood, steel and concrete
3. Structural components such as beams, columns, trusses and connections
4. Contributing load to structural components and the equations used to calculate loads
5. Using load tables to select wood framing members

Learning Outcomes:
1. Draw and define various forces on structural components
2. Compare and contrast the physical properties of structural wood, steel and concrete
3. Calculate the tributary area of a structural member and determine the size and type of force acting upon it
4. Design the framing system and select member sizes for a simple wood framed structure
5. Design the framing system and select member sizes for a wood framed deck

Prerequisites:  Placement into MATH 0070