Architecture/Environmental Design

The Architecture and Environmental Design program offers various curricula with emphasis in transfer and employment preparation in Architecture, Building Inspection Technology, Construction Management and Drafting/CAD. The courses in each curriculum endeavor to provide students with technical background, a set of social values, and a range of skills which result in creative expression. Consequently, students are prepared to understand issues and provide solutions for the betterment of the human physical environment.

Advisor:  Bert Bitanga
dbitanga@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7236

Architecture (ARCH)

ARCH 001  Intro To Architectural Professions Units: 3

This course provides students with an overview of professional occupations in Architecture, Construction Management, Building Inspection Technology, City and Regional Planning, Architectural Engineering and Landscape Architecture.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ARCH 002  Materials Of Construction Units: 4

This course is an introduction to construction materials and processes. Lab demonstrations in construction techniques and field trips to construction sites will be utilized to assist students' understanding of construction principles and practices. Emphasis on the selection of materials in a design context will help develop students' spatial and three dimensional skills.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ARCH 003A  Architectural Practice I Units: 3

This is an introductory course in wood construction methods and processes. It focuses on the use of drafting tools, office equipment and references to assist in selection and drawing of architectural details, including foundation, floors, walls and roofs.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: DRA-001
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ARCH 003B  Architectural Practice II Units: 3

This is an advanced drafting course and a continuation of the content and issues introduced in ARCH-003A which includes the development of site plan, floor plans, exterior elevations, roof plan, sections and architectural details. In addition, this course also incorporates a comprehensive study of the development of construction documents.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ARCH-003A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ARCH 005A  Introduction To Drawing & Perspective Units: 3

This course is the first in a series of two graphics courses. It is an introduction to basic techniques used for graphic communication in the design profession. It includes the study of orthographic and isometric projections, mechanical and freehand perspectives, shading, shadows and reflection. Students begin the process of compiling work to implement into a comprehensive portfolio.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: DRA-001
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ARCH 005B  Architectural Delineation Units: 3

This course is a continuation of ARCH-005A. It focuses on drawing and sketching as a communication tool in the field of environmental design. Student development of basic skills in architectural illustration and proper use of various drawing media are emphasized. Students finalize the design portfolio in preparation for employment or for admission to a transfer institution.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ARCH-005A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ARCH 008  Architectural Design Fundamentals I Units: 3

This course is an introductory study of design problems in three dimensions. The concept of space, form, structure, color and materials are studied in addition to the universal principles common to all design disciplines. This course focuses on the analysis of design techniques, and exercises to develop students' skills.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: DRA-001
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ARCH 009  Architectural Design Fundamentals II Units: 3

This is the second in a three-semester sequence of design courses. This course is a case-study application of design theories of the 20th Century and their impact on contemporary spatial and conceptual ideas permeating architecture, art and the environment.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ARCH-008
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ARCH 010  Environmental Control Systems Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the physical relationships between people and their environment. It includes a study of the physical phenomena of heat, light, and sound. This course also examines the climatological relationship between vernacular building solutions and the natural conditioning systems of architecture.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ARCH-002
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ARCH 011  Architectural Blueprint Reading Units: 3

This course is a study of basic information for reading blueprints and construction drawings. It is designed for those who must assimilate information found in working drawings and specifications.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: DRA-001 and ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ARCH 014  History Of Architecture I Units: 3

This is an introductory course in the history of architecture. It examines Western ideals from the beginning of time to Classical Greece and Rome. The course covers architecture from the birth of Christianity and the Age of Reason, through the discovery of the New Worlds and periods of transition to Modernism and Post-Modernism, to the present.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: None

ARCH 017  Architectural Design Fundamentals III Units: 3

This is the final course in a three-semester design series. It focuses on the application of both theoretical and environmental issues involved in the Student Design Competitions. Students study site and environmental issues and architectural programming as design stimulus.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ARCH-009 and ARCH-010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ARCH 095A  Architecture Work Experience Units: 1

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related Architecture.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 75          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Building Inspection Technology (BIT)

BIT 001  California Building Codes Units: 3

This course covers California Building, Housing, Energy and Disabled Access Codes used for construction, maintenance, and use of buildings and grounds within the State of California. It emphasizes an understanding and application of code sections and provisions and the relationships between building, housing, energy and disabled access codes.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070 and MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

BIT 002  Building & Mechanical Codes Units: 3

This course covers California Building and Mechanical Codes used for construction, maintenance, and use of buildings and grounds within the State. It emphasizes an understanding and application of code sections and provisions and the relationships between building and mechanical codes.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070 and MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

BIT 003  Building & Plumbing Codes Units: 3

This course covers California Building and Plumbing Codes used for construction, maintenance, and use of buildings and grounds within the State. It emphasizes an understanding and application of code sections and provisions, and the relationships between building and plumbing codes.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070 and MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

BIT 004  Building & Electrical Codes Units: 3

This course covers California Building and Electrical Codes used for construction, maintenance, and use of buildings and grounds within the State. It emphasizes an understanding and application of code sections and provisions, and the relationships between building and electrical codes.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070 and MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

BIT 026  Building II & Fire Codes Units: 3

This course involves building and fire codes used for construction, maintenance, and use of buildings and grounds in the State of California. It places an emphasis on understanding and application of code sections and provisions, and the relation between Fire and Building Codes. It addresses elements of codes in areas of special occupancies, grading, fire and building material standards, and building codes appendices as they apply to both building and fire applications.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070 and MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Construction Management (CM)

CM 001  Introduction To Construction Management Units: 2

This course provides an overview of the construction industry and its markets. The impact, practices, methods and ethics in the construction industry are reviewed.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MATH-060 and ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CM 002  Intro To Urban Planning Units: 3

This course provides a critical analysis of the theory and practice of land use planning with an emphasis on the urban context. Historical and legal basis for land use planning,traditional and alternative roles of planning in contemporary society are studied along with the planning process, planning tools, and practices.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CM 003  Site & Terrain Analysis Units: 3

This course is an introduction to various methods and techniques used to inventory and analyze landscape features. Students also study mapping, overlay techniques, environmental ethics, case study review and an overall assessment of the function and structure of the natural landscape.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MATH-060 and ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CM 004  Construction Law Survey Units: 3

This course is a summary of the legal implications of contractor license laws; mechanics lien laws, CAL-OSHA, and Construction Contracts. Laws of liability, worker's compensation, state and federal laws affecting construction and compliance problems are covered.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CM 005  Construction Planning Units: 3

This course covers the concepts used in planning, scheduling and control of construction projects. Use of graphic charts and the Critical Path Method (CPM) are featured. Also covered are program evaluation and review techniques (PERT), time assignment and computation, diagramming practices, monitoring and updating, and computer utilization.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MATH-060 and ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CM 020  Introduction To Construction Technology Units: 3

This course provides students with in-depth analysis of the organization and structure of the construction industry and the many career choices the industry offers. The course emphasizes green construction practices, jobsite safety, practical knowledge of tool and equipment use, basic construction math, basic rigging techniques, and communication as well as employability skills. Guest speakers and site visits provide the students a wide view of the expectations of entry-level work, wages, benefits, and work place culture. (Equivalent to ACT-020.)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MATH-060 and ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CM 095A  Construction Mgmt Work Experience Units: 1

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Construction Management Technology.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 75          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

General Drafting/CAD (DRA)

DRA 001  Technical Drafting I Units: 3

This course introduces students to general and architectural drafting skills. Students learn to differentiate among several drafting techniques. This course prepares students for higher level drafting courses and more complex drawing types.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070 and MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DRA 002  AutoCAD Units: 4

This course covers the basics of computer aided drafting and design including hardware, software, operating systems and development of skills for creating and plotting, simple technical and architectural drawings using AutoCAD software.
Lecture Hours: 45         Lab Hours: 81          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: DRA-001 and CIS-010
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DRA 008  Autocad Level I: Basic Drawing Technques Units: 2

This course covers the basics of computer aided drafting and design including hardware, software, operating systems and development of skills for creating and plotting simple technical and architectural drawings using AutoCAD software.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: DRA-001 and CIS-010
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DRA 009  Autocad Level II: Adv Drawing Technques Units: 2

This course covers advanced drawing techniques. Students study productivity techniques, advanced dimensioning, hatching, multiple viewpoint plotting using AutoCAD software. Students develop skills in creating 3D drawing and surface remodeling.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: DRA-008
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DRA 010  CAD Drafting/Design Project Units: 2

This course provides training in applying the principle techniques of Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) and design to selected projects. Students with majors or interest in architecture, drafting, interior design, landscape design or engineering, with the approval of their professor, will select projects to be produced using AutoCAD software.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: DRA-008
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DRA 011  Intro To Sketchup & Revit Units: 3

This course covers the basic principles of 3-dimensional CAD modeling from a conceptual stage to a transitional architectural design and documentation platform built on Building Information Modeling (BIM) using SketchUp and Revit software respectively.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: DRA-001 and CIS-010
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Real Estate Development (RED)

RED 010  Introduction To Real Estate Professions Units: 3

This course provides an overview of the entire career field of real estate including study relative to development, economics, financing, land, marketing, and law. Careers covered include lending officers and mortgage analysts, real estate appraisers, investment counselors, real estate brokers, land developers, property and asset, corporate real estate managers, engineers, architects, skilled contractors and others. This course also discusses terminology, the career ladder and entrepreneurial opportunities in this industry.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

RED 020  Introduction To Real Estate Development Units: 3

This course introduces the student to the real estate development process, providing an overview from the project idea to the cursory feasibility stage. Topics include evaluating development potential, analysis, land acquisition, site planning, design, and economic feasibility.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071 and MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

RED 030  Real Estate Development Fundamentals Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the methodologies for accurate measurement of demand for real estate products and discusses the legal and regulatory requirements of the entitlement and development approval or permitting process of a project. The course also identifies sources of capital and analyzes the types of financing available in today's commercial real estate markets. The topic of architectural design and building construction practices that contribute to a building's "green" or sustainability rating is discussed by examining the international standards for rating green buildings. In addition, this course will examine real estate development business valuation and the various facets of property management that apply to the variety of real estate products.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None