Course Number and Title: AET 250 Architectural Drafting/Design III
This computer-aided design (CAD) based course focuses on commercial building design, documentation, building placement, and site analysis and development, including the use of surveying equipment, field notes, and calculations. Topics include building codes, structural systems, and building components in construction documents.
- Prepare detailed architectural drawings and supporting materials for commercial design and construction. (CCC 2, 5, 6; PGC 3, 5, 6)
- Use surveying equipment to gather site information. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 5, 6)
- Develop a site plan. (CCC 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 3, 5, 6)
- Review and discuss building codes applicable to commercial design. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC 3, 4, 6)
- Use building design standards and techniques. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC 3, 5, 6)
- Integrate construction materials and methods into 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 commercial design and construction.
- Perform a site analysis.
- Develop bubble diagrams.
- Create hand-drawn conceptual sketches of site plan, building grid, floor plan(s), elevations, and other required views.
- Prepare schematic CAD drawings of a site plan, building grid, framing plan, foundation plan, floor plan(s), roof plan, elevations, building sections, wall sections, stair sections, and connection details.
- Produce a dimensioned and annotated design development CAD drawings set that includes all drawings in the schematic set as well as schedules and data columns.
- Adhere to schedules and timelines.
- Present design information graphically, orally, and in writing.
- Use surveying equipment to gather site information.
- Review boundaries, contours, elevations, inverts, and other survey information.
- Calculate elevations, and interpolate contours.
- Identify and explain the uses of surveying equipment.
- Perform a field survey with others.
- Use a field book to record field survey data.
- Use CAD to draw boundaries, contours, and elevations based on field survey data.
- Develop a site plan.
- Review zoning restrictions, and determine buildable area for site.
- Identify adjacent structures, important site features, drainage patterns, soil conditions, wind conditions, solar access, existing vegetation, and other factors that influence building placement.
- Determine possible building locations on site based on buildable area and site analysis.
- Create a site plan using CAD with contours and elevations, building footprint(s), and supporting infrastructure such as roads, access, parking, utilities, and other important existing and proposed features.
- Review and discuss building codes applicable to commercial design.
- Review and discuss life safety issues with emphasis on egress and refuge requirements.
- Examine and assess the edition of the International Building Code (IBC) with amendments as currently adopted by the county where the campus is located.
- Review and summarize the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and important design considerations for commercial buildings.
- Evaluate and consider Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification guidelines and other similar standards as they apply to commercial buildings.
- Use building design standards and techniques.
- Use standard sizes and room relationships.
- Employ standard layouts to design public bathrooms.
- Use standard elevator and stair designs and locations.
- Design for standard material sizes and minimal waste.
- Employ both passive and active energy saving design elements.
- Incorporate accessible and universal design elements.
- Use span charts and building design criteria to create framing plans.
- Integrate 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.
- Develop design studies using standard sketching techniques.
- Prepare building details using proper line types and weights, material symbols, and notes.
- 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 the evaluation and selection of construction components.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. 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
Drafting Assignment (summative)
Course Project (summative)
Final Exam (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.