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BCN 1050   BUILDING SPECIFICATIONS

credits: 1  
An introduction to the professional written requirements of contracts, plans and specifications which are legal documents governing the construction of buildings. Discussions will include the Uniform Construction Index, data filing systems, data organization and format, Sweet's Catalog Files and Standardized Software. 17 contact hours.

BCN 1057   RESIDENTIAL HEATING, VENTILATING AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) SYSTEMS

credits: 1  
This course is an introduction to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems installed in residential home building. The systems will be studied for code requirements, installation procedures and working principles. 17 contact hours.

BCN 1058   RESIDENTIAL PLUMBING SYSTEMS

credits: 1  
This course is an introduction to plumbing systems installed in residential home building. The systems will be studied for code requirements, installation procedures, and working principles. 17 contact hours.

BCN 1059   RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

credits: 1  
This course is an introduction to electrical systems installed in residential home building. Systems will be studied for code requirements, installation procedures, and working principles. 16 contact hours.

BCN 1251C   CONSTRUCTION DRAWING

credits: 3  
This course is an introduction to the tools and techniques used in producing drafted construction drawings. Emphasis is on residential construction. Six class and laboratory hours weekly. 92 contact hours.

BCN 1272   BLUEPRINT READING

credits: 2  
An introduction to the reading and interpretation of architectural working drawings. Topics include history of recorded drawings, architectural and structural details, materials, structural, mechanical and electrical systems and related building code requirements. Emphasis is on residential plans. 32 contact hours.

BCN 1480   HURRICANE RESISTANT DESIGN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

credits: 1  

This course is an overview of the design and construction of hurricane-resistant structures for contractors and builders. Topics covered will include the impact of recent hurricanes on the construction industry, basic engineering principles (wind loads, shear walls, diaphragms, uplift, overturning, etc.), structural failure, waterproof construction (roofing, storm surge, doors and windows, etc.) and insurance topics. Emphasis will be on new code requirements and construction techniques for residential construction. 16 contact hours.

BCN 1592   ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR FLORIDA'S CLIMATE

credits: 3  

This is an introductory course to designing and building energy efficient structures for Florida’s sub-tropical and tropical climates.  This course will investigate strategies, elements and devices that have been used successfully, in both historic and contemporary context, to enhance human comfort with less impact on the environment. 47 contact hours.

BCN 1593   A BUILDING'S LIFE

credits: 2  
This course investigates the ever-evolving lifespan of a building, from the original site, through its construction and use, until its ultimate demolition and memory. The topics include how a building evolves over time, the environmental benefits of renovating an existing structure, and how a building’s adaptation over time can be beneficial to the environment. 32 contact hours.

BCN 1596   ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

credits: 2  

This course is an introduction to technological aspects of building design which relate to human comfort and safety and to the efficiency of building performance in consumption of energy.  32 contact hours.

BCN 1597   AN INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR ENERGY IN RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

credits: 3  
This course is an introduction to the characteristics of solar energy and the passive and active uses of solar energy in heating and cooling situations in typical, residential construction. The course explores the characteristics of solar energy, its adaptation by the earth’s atmosphere, and current and future methods available to harness, control, and best utilize this source of energy. The course emphasizes the potential advantages available in the sustainability of this natural resource. The course will focus on the climate of the southeastern United States. 47 contact hours.

BCN 1940   CONSTRUCTION PRACTICUM

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: TAR 2122C. This course is an intensive study in an area of special interest to the student in the Building Arts program. Students will demonstrate professional competencies in the documentation and completion of an approved, "hands-on" project that may incorporate multiple aspects of the construction industry, including drawing, estimating, scheduling, permitting and/or construction. 92 contact hours.

BCN 2052   MASONRY CONSTRUCTION METHODS

credits: 1  
This course is a survey of the basic principles and methods used in the construction of concrete block and brick masonry structures. Topics include materials, properties, products, accessories and reinforcing steel used in masonry construction. 17 contact hours.

BCN 2053   ROOFING SYSTEMS

credits: 1  
This course is a survey of roofing systems used in residential construction. Topics include materials, products, accessories, underlayments, substrates, flashing, code applications and construction methods for membrane, composition shingle, tile, metal and wood roofing systems. 17 contact hours.

BCN 2054   CONSTRUCTION SURVEYING METHODS

credits: 1  
Prerequisite: Any college-level math course with an MAC, MAT, MGF, or STA prefix. This course is an overview of the basic principles and methods used in surveying as related to building construction, including general surveying principles, site surveys, contours, elevations, building layout, and levels. 16 contact hours.

BCN 2055   CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION METHODS

credits: 1  
This course is a survey of the basic principles and methods used in the construction of buildings in which the primary structural system is reinforced concrete. 16 contact hours.

BCN 2056   STEEL CONSTRUCTION METHODS

credits: 1  
This course is a survey of the basic principles and methods used in the construction of buildings in which the primary structural system is steel. 16 contact hours.

BCN 2068   THE A.D.A.: PRIMER FOR CONTRACTORS

credits: 1  
An introduction to the requirements of the "Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)" as it relates to the design of new, and the renovation of existing buildings. 16 contact hours.

BCN 2070   AVOIDING AND RESOLVING CONSTRUCTION CLAIMS

credits: 1  
This course is an overview of the nature of the construction industry, the individuals who participate in projects, some of the reasons disputes arise, and a review of how to resolve disputes. Topics covered will include a basic review of the various types of contracts used in the industry, the determination and allocation of risks, the variety of methods and options available for the resolution of disputes, and a case study to illustrate the principles discussed. 16 contact hours.

BCN 2732   OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (OSHA) STANDARDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

credits: 1  
This course is an overview of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and its relationship to the construction industry. Topics include history, general OSHA standards, job safety, health hazards, fire protection and prevention, material storage, handling, use and disposal, and hand and power tools. 16 contact hours.

BCN 2949   CO-OP WORK EXPERIENCE

credits: 1-3  

Prerequisite: Faculty Advisor/Co-op Coordinator or Program Director Approval. This course is designed to provide students with major-related, supervised, evaluated practical training work experiences which may be paid or voluntary. Students are graded on the basis of documented learning acquired through hands-on experiences in an actual work setting. Variable credits are available, one to three per course. The student must fulfill the requirement of 60 on-the-job hours for each credit earned in addition to written assignments. Co-op courses may be repeated but total credits shall not exceed twelve.

BCT 1760   BUILDING CODES

credits: 2  
This course is an introduction to the Florida Building Code and local zoning codes which are laws governing the construction of buildings. Other documents are discussed including: National Electric Code, Life Safety Code, the Standard Building Code, testing agencies, accessibility and governmental agencies which impact on the construction industry. 32 contact hours.

BCT 1770   CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: ARC 2461, and either BCN 1272 or BCN 1251C or permission of the instructor. This course is an introduction in computations for labor, materials, equipment, overhead, and profit for residential construction projects. "Take-offs" will be made from working drawings. 47 contact hours.

BCT 2708   ADVANCED CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: BCT 2771 or BCT 2730. Students will be expected to have a working knowledge of computers including Internet access and a current email address. This course is an in-depth look at the challenges of coordinating and managing large-scale construction projects. Major topics include construction participants, contracts, pre-construction planning, bidding, negotiating, inspections, codes, safety, project closeout and conflict resolution. Emphasis will be on the use of computer technology as a tool in the management process. 47 contact hours.

BCT 2730   JOB SITE SUPERINTENDING

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: BCN 1251C or BCN 1272, and BCN 1050, BCT 1760, BCN 2732, and BCT 1770. This course is an in-depth look at the challenges and responsibilities of a construction job site superintendent. Major topics to be covered include job site management, workplace safety, long range and short range planning, project estimating and scheduling. Emphasis will be on developing the critical thinking skills necessary to become a successful construction job site superintendent. 47 contact hours.

BCT 2762   RCS-96 HURRICANE CODE

credits: 1  
This course is an in-depth look into the requirements of the "Construction Standards for Residential Structures (RCS-96)", the hurricane code for residential construction located in some of the municipalities of Pinellas County. 16 contact hours.

BCT 2764   SSTD 10-96 "DEEMED TO COMPLY"

credits: 1  
This course is an in-depth look into the requirements of the "Standard for Hurricane Resistant Residential Construction (SSTD 10-96)", the "Deemed to Comply" hurricane code for residential construction in high wind areas. 16 contact hours.

BCT 2771   ADVANCED ESTIMATING AND SCHEDULING

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: BCT 1770. This course is an in-depth continuation of Construction Estimating, using the components of commercial buildings. Emphasis will be on the use and application of estimating computer software. 47 contact hours.

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