Fundamentals of Construction


Hampshire Unit School: A School of Applied Science & Natural Resources


COURSE NAME: Fundamentals of Construction                                                                  

Teacher: Stephen Kelley


Room #: 132                                                                                                                              



COURSE DESCRIPTION: Fundamentals of Construction is a foundational course in the Architecture & Construction cluster covering essential knowledge, skills, and concepts required for careers in construction. Upon

completion of this course, proficient students will be able to describe various construction fields and

outline the steps necessary to advance in specific construction careers. Students will be able to

employ tools safely and interpret construction drawings to complete projects demonstrating proper

measurement and application of mathematical concepts.  Standards in this course also include an

overview of the construction industry and an introduction to building systems and materials.  Standards in this course are aligned with Tennessee State Standards:

SUPPLIES:                          Loose Leaf paper

                                    Mechanical or Wood Pencils

Blue or Black ink Pen                                   


  1. All work should be turned in on the assigned due date with a name and title.
  2. Work turned in without a name will likely not receive credit.
  3. Work turned in after due date will be penalized 10 points per day late unless other arrangements are made previous to due date.
  4. Tests and quizzes missed due to absence will be made up within two class periods of absence.Missing class instruction time should be avoided as much as possible.
  5. All students should follow all class and safety rules to prevent injury or illness.
  6. Consequences for breaking these rules will result in immediate corrective action to prevent further violations of this sort.
  7. Behavior and initiative is factored with grades and this is subject to the teacher. Remember that this is your workplace and you are the employee.
  8. Prejudice, Racism, Discrimination or any type of Bullying will never be tolerated at any time. This is non-negotiable.






            50%- PROJECTS

25%  - TEST/Exam GRADES






  1. Safety: Identify safety hazards on a jobsite and demonstrate practices for safe working conditions. Accurately read, interpret, and demonstrate adherence to safety rules, including but not limited to rules pertaining to electrical safety, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines, and state and national code requirements. Be able to distinguish between the rules and explain why certain rules apply.Define and demonstrate adherence to industry-standard practices regarding general

    machine safety, tool safety, equipment safety, electrical safety, and fire safety to protect all

    personnel and equipment. 

  2. History of Architecture & Construction: Investigate the evolution of architecture and construction across a variety of civilizations throughout history. Identify major architectural innovations, such as technological advances in materials or construction processes. Create an annotated timeline or visual graphic illustrating significant time periods in the development of construction. Research the major professions and trades within construction.
  3. Introduction to the Construction Industry: Research and analyze the organization of the modern construction industry. Distinguish among the various personnel involved in the industry and explain the roles of each in the construction process, including but not limited Page 3 to the owner, developer, architects, engineers, building officials, contractors, suppliers, unions, and professional craftsmen.Research basic regulations affecting today’s construction industry. a. Investigate and report on the process for securing a building permit for a selected location in the community. b. Explain what a building code is and where to find published local building codes. Write persuasively to defend why a particular building code is necessary.
  4. Introduction to Measurement:Use physical measurement devices typically employed in construction to complete accurate field measurements. Determine the appropriate units and record accurate measurements of lengths and angles.
  5. Tools & Equipment: ) Accurately identify a wide range of hand and power tools used in the construction trades, such as striking tools, cutting tools, torque producing tools, leveling and squaring tools, grinding and shaping tools, clamping tools, and pulling and lifting tools. Explain when each is used and describe the characteristics that make each appropriate for a given task.Assess a variety of situations requiring the use of hand tools, power tools, and equipment. Select the proper tool and accessories, critique the readiness of the tool, use the tool to accomplish the desired task, and then return the tool and accessories to their proper storage.
  6. Introduction to Building Systems and Materials: Compare and contrast the properties and uses of basic construction materials employed in building construction processes, such as aggregates, asphalt, concrete, steel, wood, and masonry materials.Distinguish between the various types of fasteners commonly used in construction, such as nails, screws, and bolts, by creating a visual display outlining the properties and uses of each type.
  7. Construction Drawings & Specifications: Inspect and interpret construction drawings, diagrams, and written specifications for construction projects. Explain how pictorial representations relate to a physical layout. Use an architect’s scale and the given dimensions on a construction document to determine an unknown dimension.Create two-dimensional scale drawings using accepted dimensioning rules and measurement systems.For example, as part of a project to build a simple structure, develop

the complete drawings that specify the dimensional details for each step of the construction

process, annotating all drawings such that another person could replicate the work.


TESTING DATES:   All test dates will be provided to each student ahead of time. This includes Final Exam, Mid-Term and any daily test administered. Students shall make notes and remember these date for future reference.


PROJECT DUE DATES:   Projects will be given due dates related to depth of activity.  These dates and a grading rubric will be given at the beginning of each project.