Georgian College - Course Outline


Term: Winter 2019

Subject Code:
Course Number:
PLA Applicable:
Course Name:
Construction Practices
Grade Mode:
Post Secondary

Students are advised to retain course outlines for future use in support of applications for employment or transfer of credits

Course Description:

Students further their knowledge of wood-frame construction, site preparation, building layout, a variety of footing, foundation and other concrete applications, engineered building products, exterior doors and windows, a variety of roof styles, and a look at post and beam construction. Energy efficiency is emphasized. Sustainable construction techniques, entrepreneurship and construction management are explored. Hoisting and rigging, and scaffolds and ladders are introduced.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Appraise a job site for site layout and/or excavation.
2. Select correct equipment and procedures for survey tasks.
3. Determine the appropriate erection and use of ladders and scaffolds.
4. Analyze forming design and methods for residential footings and walls.
5. Differentiate between past, current, and future trends in the industry.
6. Delineate framing methods for wood frame construction as relates to roofs, dormers, and specialized situations.
7. Utilize the Ontario Building Code for design requirements.
8. Explore methods of truss and engineered systems erection.
9. Evaluate construction methodology as it relates to energy efficiency and emerging ‘green technologies’.
0. Examine building science: concepts of heat, air and moisture flows; materials and techniques; the building as a system; sustainability.

Course Content:

- Survey principles
- Concrete Formwork
- Hoisting, scaffolds, ladders
- Framing with engineered products
- Advanced roof construction
- Trusses
- Dormers
- Ontario Building Code
- Energy efficiency
- Green technologies
- Sustainability


Tests/examinations/assignments must be written/submitted at the time specified. Requests for adjustments to that schedule must be made before the test/exam/assignment date to the faculty member. Failure to do so will result in a mark of “0”, unless an illness/emergency can be proven with appropriate documentation at no cost to the College.

The passing grade for all courses is 50%, or letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) unless otherwise noted below. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester of a program is 60% and is a requirement to graduate.

Evaluation is comprised of: Workbook (50%) Tests/assignments (50%)


A student at Georgian College can appeal the following:

  1. a mark on the assignment, test, examination or practical experience;
  2. a final mark for a course or co-op work term;
  3. missing or incorrect assessment information on a grade report and/or transcript

A student cannot appeal a decision regarding whether or not a PLA or Exemption is available for an individual course, nor the method of challenge used.

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