Architecture & Engineering Design III Syllabus
Course Standards
1) Accurately read, interpret, and demonstrate adherence to safety rules, including but not
limited to rules published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and
state and national code requirements. Be able to distinguish between the rules and explain
why certain rules apply.
2) Identify and explain the intended use of safety equipment available in the classroom.
Demonstrate how to properly inspect, use, and maintain safe operating procedures with
tools and equipment. Incorporate safety procedures and complete safety test with 100
percent accuracy.
Architectural Design
3) Interpret civil drawings used to describe a site, including recognizing symbols used to
describe topography. For example, in teams, interpret a topographic survey drawing to
construct a model (physical or virtual) of a building site. Use the model to influence the
design of the building and the building’s placement on the site.
4) Perform a site analysis to make design decisions for a building plan, including interpreting
existing site conditions and evaluating site surroundings. Determine the impact
environmental factors such as climate, wind patterns, and the movement of the sun have on
the design and site placement of the building. Summarize site analysis findings with
drawings and supporting text.
5) Synthesize the various constraints affecting a building’s design to make and justify design
decisions. Items to consider should include:
a. Evaluating the building’s program based on client need. For example, appraise the
requirements of the client such as total square footage and list of desired features
(number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.).
b. Accommodating the needs of people of all ages and physical abilities in compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
c. Interpreting applicable building codes based on the project type. For example,
determine the minimum number and spacing of exit doors for a given building
occupancy size.
6) Research planning and diagramming techniques used by designers. Implement planning and diagramming techniques such as bubble diagrams and traffic flow patterns to design a
schematic site plan and floor plan for a given building program.
7) Create a properly scaled model of a building (physical or virtual) and study the model in the context of the site layout. Present the model along with supporting sketches and diagrams to an audience (such as the instructor and peers), explaining and justifying design ideas in a logical, coherent narrative. Gather feedback and use it to refine the design.
8) Incorporate schematic design sketches, models, and peer feedback to further develop a
building’s design. Communicate details of the design through appropriate drawing types,
utilizing industry-standard drawing conventions and software. Create a comprehensive set
of drawings including the following drawing types:
a. Site plan
b. Floor plan
c. Interior and exterior building elevations
d. Foundation plan
e. Roof plan
f. Building system plans (such as an electrical plan)
g. Door and window schedules
h. Three-dimensional renderings (interior and exterior)
9) Research sustainable design solutions and practices; then provide recommendations for a
given design. Calculate a rating for energy responsiveness using a sustainable building
10) Examine a wall section drawing for a specific building. Identify, define, and explain the
function of each component, including wall insulation, flashing, and the structure of the
cornice. Draw from textbooks and other resources to annotate the wall section drawing with
notes explaining the purpose of each component.
Mechanical Design
11) Create three-dimensional models of machine parts of increasing complexity utilizing
parametric modeling software. Perform software operations including:
a. Utilizing basic software tools such as extruding and cutting, and navigating around
the object.
b. Applying and modifying geometric constraints and dimensions to capture and alter
the design geometry of a part.
c. Creating drawing layouts with dimensioned views of parametric solids, arranging a
drawing sheet according to industry standards.
d. Printing drawing layouts at appropriate scales.
e. Preparing multi-sheet working drawings and assembly drawings according to
industry standards.
12) Building on techniques practiced in prior courses, continue to measure, record, and use field measurements to create drawings of increasingly complex objects and layouts. For example, create an accurate three-dimensional model of an actual screw and fastener by first measuring and examining the physical object in order to visualize and create the model.
13) Compile parametric models of individual machine parts to create a model of a simple
assembly. Perform advanced software operations such as animating the model to illustrate
how the assembly operates.
14) Utilize the design process to create a schematic design solution for a mechanical design
problem. Identify the criteria and constraints and produce a virtual or physical model of the
solution, utilizing software tools where appropriate. Test and evaluate the solution by
performing an analysis of the model and gathering feedback from peers.
15) Incorporate schematic design models, peer feedback, and test results to further develop a design. Communicate details of the design through appropriate drawing types, utilizing
industry standard drawing conventions and software. Derive working drawings (detail and
assembly drawings including parts lists) from the three-dimensional models created using
parametric modeling software. Attend to details when explaining the design, including:
a. Specifying and depicting threads, fasteners, and other hardware involved in a
mechanical assembly.
b. Applying appropriate geometric dimensioning and tolerancing based on industry
standards, including understanding tolerance relationships between mating parts,
interpreting geometric tolerancing symbols in a drawing, and using tolerancing in
c. Selecting and creating appropriate section drawings, noting tolerances, hidden
surfaces, and other mechanical details.
Research Project
16) Employ basic methods of data collection and analysis to compile information for projects.
Use available research methods when project planning and problem solving. Synthesize
research to present appropriate precedents for development of a project and articulate
logical rational for the use of chosen precedents. Create a detailed presentation or written
report, citing evidence from research. Examples include a proposal for how a specific plot of
land should be developed to meet the needs of a given neighborhood; or a proposal for a
new product based on consumer market data for a target audience.
Design Project
17) Use the design process to create schematic designs employing discipline-appropriate
representational media (such as sketches, technical drawings, and preliminary models) for a
given problem set. Prepare and present schematic designs to peers and others, citing
research to justify design solutions. Note constructive feedback received and use it to refine
the design.
18) Drawing on results from the schematic design phase, create discipline-appropriate drawings
based on industry standards, a three-dimensional model of the design, and presentation
boards. Present final design conclusions to members of the profession as well as peers;
justify design decisions as would an architect or engineer delivering a pitch to a prospective
19) Compile working drawings in a comprehensive set, including a bill of materials with
allowable material alternatives. Demonstrate the ability to properly select the drawing scale,
select the views, lay out drawings, and organize the drawing set according to industry
Project Management
20) Examine how architects and engineers conduct project management processes, including
but not limited to setting interim goals, tracking progress, and coordinating with
construction professionals and clients. Compare and contrast components of project
management models gathered from textbooks, online resources, and actual case studies of
major or local design professionals.
21) Utilize project management strategies to create and implement a work plan to complete
projects according to schedule. Use technology to periodically document project status and
progress in written reports.
22) Create a written report or infographic describing the basic steps of traditional project
delivery, outlining who and what is involved in each step. Compare texts to describe
alternatives to traditional project delivery methods, such as the design-build method used in
23) Update the portfolio to reflect the cumulative total of all projects undertaken across the
program of study. Continually reflect on coursework experiences and revise and refine the
career plan generated in the introductory course. Include written descriptions of drawing
types and learning outcomes.
Standards Alignment Notes
*References to other standards include:
 P21: Partnership for 21st Century Skills Framework for 21st Century Learning
o Note: While not all standards are specifically aligned, teachers will find the
framework helpful for setting expectations for student behavior in their classroom
and practicing specific career readiness skills.