OBC907 - Buildings Structural Requirements

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Last revision date 2017-11-06 16:25:32.034
Last review date 2017-11-06 16:25:32.035

Subject Title
Buildings Structural Requirements

Subject Description
Examines the 2012 Ontario Building Code with emphasis on the structural provisions and limitations of Division B - Part 9.  Explores legal considerations, soil conditions, excavations, footings and foundations, transfer of forces acting on a building, masonry construction, trusses, special separations and exposure protection.

Credit Status

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

1. Explain the difference between the Building Code Act (BCA) and The Ontario Building Code (OBC).
2. Identify the authority enabling municipalities to specify inspections at various stages in the building process.
3. State the steps involved in the permit application process.
4. Explain the crucial relationships among soil composition, footing and foundations.
5. Identify and explain sections of the building code relevant to inspection of the foundations and footings of buildings that do not require professional design.
6. Identify how some provisions of Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code apply to the structural framing of a proposed building.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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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.

Recommended OBC955

Topic Outline

  • This is the Law
  • Excavation Inspection
  • Footings and Foundations
  • Part 9 provisions
  • Structural Framing Inspections 


Mode of Instruction
Lectures combined with case studies, group discussions, and practical exercises

Prescribed Texts
Part 9 – Buildings Structural Requirements – 2012 - Participant Manual, Orderline.com
2012 Building Code Compendium (2 Volume Binder Set), Ontario Building Code Products, Vendor: Ontario Building Code 

Designer's Introduction to the Building Code
Authors:  Anthony Boyko and Steve J. Penna
Publisher:  Orderline

Reference Material

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 (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Final Exam 100%

Students must achieve a minimum grade of 70%, as required by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Passing students will receive a grade of SAT- Satisfactory

Academic Program Manager
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso