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The Architectural Design and Technology Associate Degree is a 63–64 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 1 (10614101)

3.00

Explores the fundamental principles of architectural design and drafting. Examine topics including: career exploration, sustainable-residential design, industry related practices and procedures, State of Wisconsin building codes, area planning, sketching application and roof/stairway design. Develops learner's ability to design and create construction drawings for a one-story residence including: foundation and floor plans, wall and stair sections and elevations (2D & 3D software will be utilized).

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CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 1 (10614121)

4.00

Introduces the learner to the fundamental materials and methods of residential construction. Explores foundations, framing, roofing, interior and exterior wall coverings, trim, stairs and insulation. Explores innovative design techniques, energy efficient construction practices, energy conservation methods and alternative energy systems through classroom discussion and lab activities. Analyzes code and application pertaining to methods and materials.

AUTOCAD 2D FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (10614139)

2.00

Explores the latest version of Autodesk's AutoCAD program as a 2D design, drafting and visualization tool. Provides learners with skill development starting at an introductory level and progressing to a level in which authentic architectural construction graphics and working drawings including annotations can be developed.

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ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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COLLEGE 101 (10890165)

1.00

Examines proven strategies designed to help learners achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success. Learners will apply personal responsibility thinking and behaviors; self- management, awareness, and motivation strategies; as well as interdependence skills to develop a proactive life plan.

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INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA W/APPS (10804118)

4.00

This course offers algebra content with applications. Topics include properties of real numbers, order of operations, algebraic solution for linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomial and rational expressions, operations with rational exponents and radicals, algebra of inverse, logarithmic and exponential functions.

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COLLEGE ALGEBRA W/APPS (10804195)

3.00

This course covers those skills needed for success in Calculus and many application areas on a baccalaureate level. Topics include the real and complex number systems, polynomials, exponents, radicals, solving equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), relations and functions, systems of equations and inequalities (linear and nonlinear), matrices, graphing, conic sections, sequences and series, combinatories and the binomial theorem.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Algebra

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 2 (10614103)

3.00

Expands upon the concepts associated with architectural design and drafting. Examines topics including: sustainable, efficient and universal design practices, architectural styles and elements of design, private site/plot development, sketching application and 3D modeling/visualization, state building code and local zoning adherence, as well as advanced roof, stairway, joist and beam design/layout. Develops learners' ability to design and create construction drawings for a two-story residence including: plans, sections, evaluations and visualization models.

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CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING 1 (10614110)

3.00

Applies the quantity survey and quantity take-off methods of residential estimating through the interpretation of plans, specification of materials, material pricing and projection, use of checklists, estimating forms and Excel worksheets.

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DESIGN & PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES 1 (10614119)

2.00

Explores the theory of design and its application in the world of architecture. Focuses learners’ skills of creating and thinking within the architectural field. Examines critical elements of design theory, sketching application, and space planning. Develops skills in visualization, modeling, presentation drawings, floor plans and exterior compositions. Prepares learners to be able to discuss projects in architectural terms with appropriate professional vocabulary.

SKETCHUP FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (10614129)

2.00

Explores Trimble's SketchUp as a design and visualization tool. Develops learners' skills in creating realistic computer models that can be used to create full color renderings, animations, exported/imported AutoCAD files for construction drawings and Layout as a construction documentation tool.

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SURVEYING FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (10614132)

2.00

Introduces learners to the fundamentals of operation in optical and laser transits required for residential and small commercial design. Coverage of topics include types of surveying instruments and their use in measuring angles, difference of elevation, contour maps, building layout and development of plot plans. Format and content of legal descriptions of land parcels are also covered.

GENERAL PHYSICS 1 (10806154)

4.00

Presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem-solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include unit conversion and analysis, vectors, translational and rotational kinematics, translational and rotational dynamics, heat and temperature and harmonic motion and waves.

National Exams Accepted:
  • AP Physics with Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Physics with Mechanics

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 2 (10614122)

3.00

Introduces the learner to the application of principles of mechanical systems, which includes: electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Heat loss calculations will be completed in both long-hand and computer based. A systems approach to environmentally responsible homes will be addressed and studied.

REVIT RESIDENTIAL FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (10614127)

2.00

Introduces the learner to Building Information Modeling (BIM) by using the latest version of Autodesk's Revit. Revit is a computer modeling program that allows for intelligent, 3D and parametric object-based design. The course introduces the learner to the program by the use of tutorials and exercises that start at an introductory level proceeding throughout the semester to create a complete set of residential construction documents.

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 3 (10614155)

3.00

Provides instruction in the preparation of working drawings for a bi-level residence on a city lot to meet local and state codes. Learners will prepare drawings for bidding as produced in an architectural or custom design office. Coursework will include the preparation of Site plans, floor plans, foundation plans, elevations, sections, elevations, framing plans and finish schedules. Special emphasis is placed on utilizing high efficiency approaches to building construction.

BUILDING TRADE STATICS (10614184)

3.00

Explores the methods of calculating building loads and subsequent analysis of their effect on structural members. Examines topics including: the design of floor joists, headers, basement beams, tall walls and columns in residential and light commercial construction. Conventional lumber, manufactured lumber and steel beams and columns will be sized by standard calculations and manufacture/third party computer software.

INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 4 (10614108)

3.00

Introduces the learner to the creation of drawings and documents used to specify and build light commercial buildings. Topics covered include the commercial building code, cost estimating, the preparation of working drawings, specifications and other documents used to bid, construct and obtain plan approval for light commercial buildings.

CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING 2 (10614112)

3.00

Strengthens the learners' understanding of the procedures employed in estimating construction materials and labor costs for new and remodeling construction systems pertaining to application, sizing, plan layout and code application. Students will learn to interpret plans and specifications, the use of estimating tables, material lists and estimating software.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT (10614128)

2.00

Introduces learners to the fundamentals of management in the areas of construction and project management. Identification of the types of organizations, positions and responsibilities, subcontract relationships and insurance requirements for contractors, project management and public/labor relationships and scheduling contracts and documents.

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DESIGN & PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES 2 (10614182)

2.00

Strengthens the learners' understanding and application of design theory. Learners will analyze and design a commercial building through the completion of an authentic project for a real client. Learners interview the client and develop a program that will be used to complete preliminary and final design documents followed by a formal presentation. This real world exercise explores issues that prepare the learner to interact with a client, interpret their needs and present a realistic solution.

REVIT COMMERCIAL FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (10614189)

2.00

Strengthens the learners skill set in Building Information Modeling (BIM) by using the latest version of Autodesk's Revit. Students will learn, through the use of tutorials and exercises, BIM skills to create light commercial construction documents. Learners will also be introduced to family content creation and mechanical/electrical/plumbing REVIT tools.

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multiculturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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