The Architectural Design and Technology Associate Degree is a 63–65 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 1 (10614101)

2.00

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 (AutoCAD 2D software will be utilized). Design and analysis of joist, stair, and roof design is also covered.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-614-121 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 1, 10-614-152 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN and 10-614-139 AUTOCAD 2D FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Condition: Meet assessment standards and be accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree or Construction Technologies TD, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 1 (10614121)

3.00

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.

Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program or Construction Technologies Technical Diploma, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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.

Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program, Construction Technologies Technical Diploma or Architectural Design Software Technical Diploma, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (10614152)

2.00

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, and sketching application.

Pre/Corequisites:10614121 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 1 and 10614139 AUTOCAD 2D FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Condition: Meet assessment standards and accepted in the Architectural Design & Technology AD or Construction Technologies TD, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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.

Prerequisite: 10-804-118 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA W/APPS.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Algebra
  • AP Precalculus

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 2 (10614103)

3.00

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.

Prerequisites: 10-614-101 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 1, 10-614-121 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 1 and 10-614-139 AUTOCAD 2D FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Pre/Corequisite: 10-614-119 DESIGN & PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES 1 and 10-614-129 SKETCHUP FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program or Construction Technologies Embedded Technical Diploma, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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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.

Prerequisite: 10-614-121 CONSTRUCTION TECH 1. Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program or Construction Technologies Technical Diploma, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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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.

Prerequisites: 10-614-101 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 1 and 10-614-139 AUTOCAD 2D FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Pre/Corequisite: 10-614-103 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 2 and 10-614-129 SKETCHUP FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology AD, Construction Technologies TD, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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.

Pre/Corequisite: 10-614-139 AUTOCAD 2D FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN or 10-606-140 2D MECHANICAL CAD. Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program, or Architectural Design Software Technical Diploma, Construction Technologies Technical Diploma, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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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.

Prerequisite: 10-614-139 AUTOCAD 2D FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Pre/Corequisite: 10-614-129 SKETCHUP FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program or Construction Technologies Technical Diploma, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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.

Pre/Corequisite: 10-804-118 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA W/APPS or 10-804-195 COLLEGE ALGEBRA W/APPS.

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

SURVEY OF PHYSICS (10806139)

3.00

Emphasizes understanding basic physics concepts through laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.

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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 and sustainable homes will be addressed and studied.

Prerequisites: 10-614-121 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 1 and 10-614-139 AUTOCAD 2D FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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. Learners explore 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.

Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program, or Architectural Design Software Technical Diploma, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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RESIDENTIAL 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.

Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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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.

Prerequisite: 10-614-103 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 2. Pre/Corequisites: 10-614-184 BUILDING TRADE STATICS and 10-614-122 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 2.

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.

Prerequisites: 10-504-118 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA W/APPS or 10-804-195 COLLEGE ALGEBRA W/APPS and 10-806-154 GENERAL PHYSICS 1, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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

Learners develop and apply skills in all aspects of the writing process. Through a variety of learning activities and written documents, learners employ rhetorical strategies, plan, organize and revise content, apply critical reading strategies, locate and evaluate information, integrate and document sources, and apply standardized English language conventions.

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.

Prerequisites: 10-614-105 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 3, 10-614-127 REVIT RES FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN and 10-614-129 SKETCHUP FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Pre/Corequisite: 10-614-182 DESIGN & PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES 2 and 10-614-189 REVIT COMMERCIAL FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN.

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. Learners analyze and interpret plans and specifications, explore the use of estimating tables, and develop material lists utilizing estimating software.

Prerequisite: 10-614-110 CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING 1, 10-614-155 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 3 and 10-614-122 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 2. Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program or Construction Technologies Technical Diploma, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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. Learners enhance their BIM skills by developing light commercial construction documents through tutorials and exercises. Learners will also be introduced to family content creation and structural REVIT tools.

Prerequisite: 10-614-127 REVIT RESIDENTIAL FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN. Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program, or Architectural Design Software Embedded Technical Diploma, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

SPECIFICATIONS AND COMMERCIAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT (10614190)

2.00

Strengthens learners’ knowledge and skills necessary to effectively coordinate managerial and technical aspects of commercial construction projects through commercial print reading, permitting, construction documentation, means and methods of commercial construction, and project supervision. Upon graduation learners will possess skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and communication, as well as technical and conceptual application of commercial project administration, contracts, scheduling, finance, and safety.

Prerequisite: 10-614-128 RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT. Condition: Accepted into the Architectural Design & Technology Associate Degree program, or with Dean or Associate Dean approval.

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

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

PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS (10809199)

3.00

Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society.

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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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