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David R. Riley
CM 313
Seattle Campus

Construction Methods and Materials I

Introduction to basic building materials, with emphasis on techniques for assembly and utilization in residential and light construction, including materials such as concrete, brick, and wood. Offered: AS.

Class description

CM 313 introduces students to the vocabulary and knowledge of materials necessary to design and construct buildings. An emphasis is placed on material properties, assembly techniques and construction sequences used on residential and commercial buildings. Its purpose in the Architecture and Construction Management curriculum is to prepare students for advanced courses in design, estimating, scheduling and project management.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Course size ranges from 120 (autumn) to 30 (summer). A lecture format with PowerPoint presentations is used. In-class quizzes and exams encour -age students to keep up with the large amount of information covered.

Recommended preparation

Course attendance is paramount, in addition to staying current with reading assignments. This course provides the fundamental vocabulary of building materials which will be used by architects and construction managers for the rest of their careers. It is essential for students to commit to long term understanding of material. The course project allows course concepts to be applied by a group of students. This requires cooperation and teamwork for success.

Class assignments and grading

Course project assinged in first week of class and involved the conception, design, and construction of an educational model. Homework requires students to apply technical concepts. Quizzes and exams test retention and comprehension of material presented in lecture.

Quizzes 20% Homework 15% Term Project 25% Mid Term Exam 20% Final 20%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David R. Riley
Date: 05/27/1998