CCE100 - Basic Construction Methods & Technology

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Subject Title
Basic Construction Methods & Technology

Subject Description
This course can be taken on its own and is the first course within the Construction Estimating program.  This course provides an introduction to basic blueprint reading and common methods of construction.  Students will use construction drawings to discuss topics ranging from soil evacuation to roof design.  We will discuss legal concepts of building/planning codes and statutes.  You will gain a foundation of residential/commercial construction principles, and codes in practice today. 

Credit Status
One credit towards the Construction Estimator Certificate

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

1. Describe the design construction sequence.

2. Discuss the work involved in site planning.

3. Interpret basic construction blueprints, plans and drawings.

4. Compare residential and commercial construction principles used in framing, flooring, wall systems and roof construction.

5. Discuss building/planning codes and statutes.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Recommended.  A sound mathematics and English background is important for success in this course. 

Topic Outline

  •     The Design Construction Sequence
  •     Site Planning
  •     Framing, Flooring and Wall Systems
  •     Roof Construction Elements
  •     Decks and Frinished Site Work
  •     Commercial Construction and Structural Drawings

Mode of Instruction
On line Delivery

This may involve the use of the following:

  • digital materials and/or a text
  • group discussions
  • interaction with your instructor
  • online activities
Platform:  Desire2Learn

Prescribed Texts
Huth, M. W., Understanding Construction Drawings (7th Edition) ISBN 9781337408639, Thomson  Delmar Learning (complete with a package of full size drawings for three building projects.)

Required Supplies

Student Progression and 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
All the 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.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Coursework and Assignments  60%
Exam  30%
Discussion Questions  10%

The final exam for this online course is written online. No invigilation is required. The passing grade for this course is 55%.

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.

  • Assignments are due on the date given by the instructor.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.


Approved by: Sharon Estok