Advanced Construction Technology
2008-2009 School Year
This is an advanced building technology course. It is designed for individuals who have already
taken the prerequisite course. During this course, you will apply the concepts that you learned in
the previous class, expand your knowledge of homebuilding and construct a home for a Tucson
II. Goals and Objectives for the Year:
You will fulfill the requirements for Advanced Construction Technology according to state,
district and Sabino High School standards. All students will be required to meet minimum
competencies for this course as prescribed by the State of Arizona. By the end of the year, you
will have applied homebuilding concepts to construct a home according to building industry
standards, processes and procedures.
This year you will be working toward proficiency in the following areas:
1. Construction site safety procedures
2. Blueprint reading and application
3. Building site preparation and Foundations
4. Floor, Wall and Roof Framing
5. Window and Door installation
6. Electrical system
7. Plumbing system
8. Climate Control Systems
9. Drywall installation
10. Roofing installation
11. Insulation techniques
12. Building codes application
13. Construction project management
Construction can be a dangerous activity. For this reason the safety of each student will be our
number one priority. Students are expected to act responsibly and will be held accountable for
their actions. Students will be expected to follow general and specific safety rules. Students will
be given explicit instructions in the safe operation of many power tools and machines. For each
piece of equipment, you must read and understand the safety instructions, you must be present for
the instructor’s demonstration and you must demonstrate to the instructor that you are capable of
its safe use. Students may not use equipment on which they have not been completely trained.
Students must request permission from the instructor before using any power tool or machine.
Students acting with disregard for their own safety and the safety of others may be removed from
the class. The Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Guide should be reviewed in depth prior
to taking this class. They will be strictly followed in this class.
During the prerequisite class you were given explicit instructions for the safe operation of power
tools and equipment. Students are expected to adhere to all safety rules and act in a manner
consistent with safe workers at all times. Students are to wear protective gear as needed
throughout the year. This includes but is not limited to safety glasses, hardhat, gloves and proper
IV. Tools and Equipment
Students will be assigned tools and equipment for their exclusive use during the course of the
school year. This includes a tool belt, necessary tools and safety equipment. Students are
responsible for keeping track of this equipment and maintaining it in good condition. Students
must wear their tool belt and have the proper tools with them whenever necessary. Students who
are unprepared to work because they lack proper tools and/or safety equipment will have points
deducted from their grade.
Students are expected to be in their seat on time every day. Attendance and the amount of time
you spend working in the lab are major influences on your grade. There will be few activities
outside the classroom. As a result, virtually your entire grade depends on work within the
laboratory. Chronic lateness or excessive absences will have a severe negative effect on your
success in this class. Five points will be deducted from twenty possible daily points for lateness
and twenty points will be deducted for any absence. Excused absences can be made up provided
that official school records reflect that the absence is excused within two days of the absence.
Students with more than nine absences are subject to being dropped from the class. Disciplinary
action will follow any unexcused mark on a student’s attendance record. Any student with more
than 9 unexcused absences in one semester may receive no credit for the class. Laboratory work
must be made up in the laboratory. Students can make up work before school or after school.
Students must schedule a date and time with the instructor to make up any missed work.
In keeping with Sabino High School policy, passes will be given only if a situation is extremely
urgent. Under no circumstances are students permitted to leave the room or the
construction area with permission and a pass. Students who violate this rule will be marked
absent for that class and be referred for disciplinary action.
Grading in this class will be based on a point system. Each day, students are able to get a
maximum of twenty points. (100 points for a full week) Students who are not in class for any
reason will not get credit for that day. Any student who is absent legally will have the
opportunity to make up the work that they missed. Students have ten days in which to make up
the work, after which no credit will be given. Unexcused absences can never be made up.
Quizzes, tests and special assignments including community service will be graded in addition to
How you will be graded:
Approximately 2600-3000 points are possible per semester. The majority of your grade will be
based on your performance in the laboratory. Students are required to maintain a daily log to
chronicle activities, concepts, and progress. Students are required to do a self-evaluation for each
week during the semester. This evaluation will be based on the following:
Safety: How are the student’s work habits and attitudes as they apply to working safely? Does
student contribute to accident prevention and safety awareness? At what level does the student
care for school property and keep work areas safe and tidy?
Communication: How effective is the student in listening to others, expressing ideas, both orally
and in writing and providing relevant and timely information to instructor and classmates?
Independent Action/ Decision Making/Problem Solving: How effective is this student in the
area of time management; initiative and independent action within prescribed limits? How
effective is this student at understanding problems and making timely, practical decisions?
Teamwork: How well does this student get along with fellow students, respect the rights of
others and shows a cooperative spirit?
Dependability: How well does student comply with instructions and perform under unusual
circumstances? Does the student maintain high standards for attendance, punctuality and meeting
Performance Rating Definitions
The following ratings must be used to ensure commonality of language and consistency on
20 Outstanding Performance is consistently superior
18 Exceeds Expectations Performance is routinely above job requirements
15 Meets Expectations Performance is regularly competent and dependable
10 Below Expectations Performance fails to meet job requirements on frequent basis
5- Unsatisfactory Performance is consistently unacceptable
Students are required to perform five hours of community service per semester. Service should
be construction related and must be completed at least two weeks before the end of the semester.
Any community service should be approved by the instructor prior to starting. Students
may satisfy this requirement by volunteering extra time working on the Habitat for humanity
house, volunteering for events such as the Blitz Build, fundraising or organizing class events
.Each hour of community service should be documented as it is completed. Community service
hours are due two weeks prior to the last day of the semester and are worth 100 points for each
Advanced Construction Technology
2008-2009 School Year
I have read the course syllabus for Advanced Building Technology. I understand class
expectations regarding safety, equipment, attendance and grading procedures.
I understand that each student is required to perform at least five hours of community service per
semester and that service must be documented.