CHI708 - Exterior Inspection

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Last revision date 2018-10-22 15:14:46.594
Last review date 2018-10-22 15:14:46.595

Subject Title
Exterior Inspection

Subject Description
This subject covers retaining walls, grounds, window wells, lot grading, driveways, patios, walkways, decks, balconies, stoops and steps, porches, railings, wall cladding, flashing trim, eaves, soffits, fascia, as well as exterior doors and windows. Students learn to describe the exterior wall coverings and inspect all aspects of the exterior named above.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Home Inspection Certificate Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Inspect the following to identify type, material, condition, safety concerns and other issues: vegetation, grading, drainage, retaining walls, driveways, patios, walkways, decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches railings, wall cladding, flashing, trim, eaves, soffits, fascia, exterior doors and windows.
2. Identify the common problems that apply to each exterior component named, as well as the causes and implications of each problem.
3. Describe the inspection procedures involved with each component.
4. Define and use proper terminology related to residential exterior.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Architectural Styles

  • Building shapes and details
  • General architectural categories
  • Specific house styles

Exterior Cladding
  • Wall surfaces
  • Soffits and fascia
  • Windows and doors
  • Trim, flashings and caulking

Exterior Structures
  • Porches, decks and balconies
  • Garages and carports
  • Basement walkouts


Surface Water Control and Landscaping
  • Lot grading
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Window wells
  • Walks, driveways and grounds
  • Retaining walls

Mode of Instruction
Blended mode: Classroom and home study 

Online:  Internet-based delivery. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
The Home Reference Book, Carson, Dunlop & Associates Ltd., 

Exterior Inspection,  Carson, Dunlop & Associates Ltd., 

Online and classroom students, purchase your text by going to

Reference Material
Recommended Reading

Title: The Illustrated Home
Author: Carson Dunlop
Edition: 4th Edition
ISBN: 978-1-895585-29-2
Title: Technical Reference Guide
Author: CDW Engineering and Carson Dunlop
Edition: 7th Edition
ISBN: 978-1-895585-28-5

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written assignments should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Late assignments are penalized. Please obtain standards, dates and additional information from your instructor. 

You should be aware that absenteeism will almost guarantee your inability to achieve satisfactory grades. Some of the progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance and details of assignment requirements may be explained in class. There is no formal provision for make-up tests to replace tests you miss. 

To attain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete and obtain a passing grade on all combined assignments and tests.  50% is a passing grade. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy. They are available at Seneca Registration offices. 

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

                     Blended Mode Marking Scheme

Field Exercise/Assignment 20%
Term Tests 40%
Final Exam 40%


                            On-Line Marking Scheme

All Academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to, policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

The final exam must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arragements through the College at which you registered.

Participation 10%
Case Studies (2) 25%
On-line Mid-Term Test 25%
Final Exam (in person) 40%

Academic Program Manager
Jean-Pierre Patry

Approved by: Jean-pierre Patry