Course Number and Title: AET 125 Architectural Drafting/Design II
This course presents basic architectural design, drafting, and documentation techniques through the drawing of plot, floor, and elevation plans that contain sections, details, and schedules as used in residential construction documents. Quality line work, dimensioning, and drawing accuracy are emphasized for traditional techniques as well as computer-aided design (CAD).
- Prepare detailed architectural drawings and supporting materials for residential design and construction. (CCC 2, 5, 6; PGC 3, 5, 6)
- Use building design standards and techniques. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC 3, 5, 6)
- Determine construction materials and methods into the building design. (CCC 2, 5, 6; PGC 3, 5, 6)
- Use accepted industry drafting techniques, standards, and equipment in the design, drafting, and presentation processes. (CCC 2, 5, 6; PGC 3, 5)
- Examine and interpret architectural drawings and documents. (CCC 2, 4, 6; PGC 3, 6)
- Use standard industry references and other information resources in design, documentation, and product selection. (CCC 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC 3, 5, 6)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Prepare detailed architectural drawings and supporting materials for residential design and construction.
- Perform a site analysis.
- Develop bubble diagrams.
- Research and apply residential building and zoning codes.
- Create hand drawn conceptual sketches of site plan, floor plan(s), and other required views.
- Prepare schematic drawings of site plan, foundation plan, floor plan(s), elevations, sections, and details.
- Produce fully dimensioned and annotated working drawings, including schedules suitable for use by the construction trades and code review agencies.
- Prepare a CAD and/or a physical model of the completed design.
- Adhere to schedules and timelines.
- Present design information graphically, orally, and in writing.
- Use building design standards and techniques.
- Use standard sizes and room relationships.
- Employ standard layouts to design bathrooms.
- Use standard layouts to design kitchens.
- Design for standard material sizes and minimal waste.
- Employ both passive and active energy saving design elements.
- Incorporate accessible and universal design elements.
- Determine construction materials and methods into the building design.
- Research and select appropriate building systems and materials.
- Document building systems and materials used in design.
- Use computer-based industry resources to support design and documentation.
- Use accepted industry drafting techniques, standards and equipment in the design, drafting, and presentation processes.
- Prepare design studies using standard sketching techniques.
- Produce drawings using CAD software.
- Use standard CAD organizational and file handling techniques.
- Examine and interpret architectural drawings and documents.
- Extract information from architectural and engineering drawings and documents.
- Identify building components, sizes, material symbols, reference symbols, and abbreviations in architectural drawings.
- Define the role of the architectural engineering technician in the context of working with architects, engineers, and other licensed professionals.
- Use standard industry references and other information resources in design, documentation, and product selection.
- Use standard industry references to guide production of drawings and specifications.
- Employ websites, publications, books, periodicals, and catalogues to research design issues and to evaluate and select construction components.
The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Site Analysis (formative)
Precedent and Schematic Design (formative)
Preliminary Design (formative)
Final Design Documentation (summative)
Final Presentation (summative)
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Research and analyze existing site conditions.
- Apply principles of sustainability to the built environment.
- Employ the architectural design process.
- Interpret and apply building codes.
- Create technical drawings and presentation graphics.
- Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, professional development, and continuous improvement.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.