Academic Catalog

ARCH190 INTRODUCTION TO SURVEYING AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES

Course Code: 1200190
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 0(0-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Department: Architecture
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. SOOFA TAHRA ELAS ZKAN
Offered Semester: Fall and Spring Semesters.

Course Content

Aims:
The Arch 190 - Building Construction Module aims at introducing students of Architecture to building materials and techniques. The students will be provided hands-on training in masonry, wood, concrete and finishing works. The Arch 190 - Surveying Module aims at introducing students to surveying equipment, different measurement techniques, topographical and building documentation procedures and their applications. The exercises will be aimed at imparting the right skills and attitude to the students. By working in groups they will learn to cooperate with each other; and by observing safety regulations and workplace manners they will acquire the right attitude.
Objectives
The Arch 190 Introduction to Surveying and Construction Techniques and course will be offered to students on completion of their 1st year of studies in the Department of Architecture; by the end of which they will have learned how to:
Acquire the basic hands-on experience on how different construction materials are applied at construction sites after obtaining the application knowledge.
Provide a link between the basic design practices and material in scaled construction activities by using modeling and basic construction techniques on concrete and wood.
Introduce the use of conventional and advanced surveying equipment and tools, topographic readings, measurement techniques and their applications and to understand documentation of topographical features of an open area and architectural features of a building
Course Conduct
Arch190 Introduction to Surveying and Construction Techniques course for the first year architecture students can start after the final exam period of Spring Semesters. The duration of the internship is 20 working days. This internship is divided into three modules, as hands-on building construction workshop for 5 working days, model construction workshop for 5 working days and documentation of topographical features of an open area and architectural features of a building by computer aided drafting for 10 working days. The modules will begin with a lecture on theoretical information related to the materials and practical work and instructions on how to use the materials, tools and equipment properly; the lecture may be followed by a question and answer session.
Deliverables
A. Report based on the daily log maintained by the students; and models produced or digital photos of work done during the hands-on sessions of the Building Construction Module
B. Reports and drawings related to the site/ buildings surveyed during the Surveying Module.
Submission Deadline
All deliverables should be submitted after the end of each modules.
Evaluation
Attendance will be mandatory, and the students will be graded by the instructors on their practical work as well as their written reports and/or drawings. Summer practices are graded by a committee on the basis of satisfactory (S) and unsatisfactory (U).