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PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Hours: 0
Course Code: SAFE-1005

Materials and Methods I: Light Wood Frame Construction

An introduction to materials and methods of construction related to residential construction. Students investigate concrete foundations, light wood frame construction, residential roofing, millwork, and interior finishes. Principles of structural design as it relates to residential construction are also explored.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ARCH-1110

Surveying and Site Planning

This course is an introduction to the fundamental skills of surveying and land development. Students determine elevations, set benchmarks and conduct topographical and quantity surveys. Total station theodolites are used to measure angles and distances in order to conduct a closed traverse survey. Calculating areas of properties and co-ordinates of property markers are also addressed. In the area of land development students examine site planning, building setbacks, site utilities, site drainage, grading plans and site analysis.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ARCH-1120

Architectural Working Drawings I: Residential

Interpret and produce architectural working drawings for residential projects. An overview of architectural graphic standards used in the production of technical drawings. Utilizing computer aided design software, create a complete set of working drawings based on a conceptual sketch of a residential project and a set of working drawings for a renovation project. Significant lab component.

Hours: 110
Course Code: ARCH-1200

History of Architecture

An introduction to the history of architecture in the western world from the period of Ancient Greek Architecture to the Modern Movement. Content is presented chronologically as a history of building types and period styles. Emphasis is placed on the characteristic elements of each period of architecture. An overview of architectural design principles, contemporary architecture and domestic styles of architecture is also provided.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ARCH-1210

Built Environment I: Residential

An introduction to building systems and thermal and moisture protection in residential projects. Students investigate insulation, air and vapor barriers, damp-proofing, waterproofing, protective coatings, flashings and interior and exterior wall systems. The general principles of temperature and air quality control are examined. Students calculate heat loss and heat gain in residential applications. As well, they explore electrical systems, HVAC systems and plumbing systems.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ARCH-1220

Materials and Methods II: Concrete and Steel Construction

An introduction to materials and methods related to concrete and steel construction. Students explore concrete materials, formwork, reinforcement, steel frame construction, and lightweight steel framing. The principles of expansion and contraction control as they relate to concrete construction are also investigated. Students produce sectional details for concrete and steel construction.

Hours: 24
Course Code: ARCH-2100

Materials and Methods III: Building Envelope and Interior Applications

An introduction to the fundamentals of building envelopes for low-rise commercial structures. Students explore masonry materials and construction techniques, curtain wall systems and roof systems. An overview of building design for life safety and the principles, methods, and techniques used in building construction as it relates to sound control and fire protection.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ARCH-2110

Building Codes, Standards and Regulations

Interpret and apply municipal, provincial and national codes and standards that apply to all phases of construction including the Municipal Zoning and Development Bylaws, the National Building Code of Canada, Facility Accessibility Design Standards, and the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places. An overview of Barrier Free Design.

Hours: 75
Course Code: ARCH-2120

Contract Administration

The administration of contract documents including specifications, bidding procedures, bonds, and change orders. Students are also introduced to the principles of project management and the utilization of project management software. Students explore the principles of quantity take-offs, cost estimation, and file management. Professional ethics are also explored.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ARCH-2130

Technical Thesis I

A comprehensive introduction to the process of conducting a research project. The course content examines technical writing; primary and secondary research and analysis; the development of a facilities programme; and the preparation of a technical proposal and a technical report demonstrating technical problem-solving techniques. Students conduct a code review and building types study; and explore innovative building systems and sustainable design strategies in their project.

Hours: 15
Course Code: ARCH-2140

Built Environment II: Commercial

The study of building systems used in commercial applications. Students examine the application of air conditioning, ventilation, heating, plumbing, and lighting in commercial projects.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ARCH-2200

Introduction to Sustainable Design

An introduction to the key principles of sustainability. Students investigate aspects of building design and construction materials that impact the energy efficiency of a building. Renewable energy, environmental recognition, and environmental certification programs are also explored.

Hours: 54
Course Code: ARCH-2220

Architectural Working Drawings II: Commercial

A comprehensive study of the concepts, practices, and standards required to produce technical drawings for a multi-storey commercial project. Students also examine architectural and engineering design principles, zoning regulations, and code interpretation and application.

Hours: 105
Course Code: ARCH-2230

Technical Thesis II

The technical thesis is a learner-initiated design/research project in a building related discipline. The research project provides an opportunity for the student to develop and demonstrate advanced research techniques supplemented with formal presentations and the preparation of preliminary designs, design development, working drawings and presentation drawings. Emphasis is placed on the integration of building science, building systems and sustainable building technologies. This course has a significant lab component.

Hours: 90
Course Code: ARCH-2240

Introduction to CAD

An introduction to basic terminology, concepts, and functions of CAD software to produce technical drawings. Students set up and manage an electronic filing system and manipulate the software to produce technical drawings.

Hours: 60
Course Code: CADD-1100

Architectural CAD

An introduction to the concepts and functions of CAD software for the production of residential working drawings. Students also establish and use a project management system for the production and archiving of drawings.

Hours: 60
Course Code: CADD-1200

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

The production of presentation-quality drawings using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and rendering software. Students also explore the use of advanced CAD options for software customization and project management.

Hours: 120
Course Code: CADD-2100

Technical Communications

An introduction to learning the written and oral communication of technical information. Students research, assemble and present technical information while analysing optimum mediums for industry-specific communication.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COMM-1000

Technical Math for Building Science

MATH-1030 is a 60-hour college-level technical mathematics course offered to all Technician and Technologist students enrolled in the Engineering Technology programs. The course begins with an intensive overview of measurement, emphasizing both metric and imperial units, conversion of both simple and derived units, and proper treatment of significant digits. Following a review of algebra (including many scientific calculator functions), you will apply skills to solve systems of two and three linear equations by means of graphic, algebraic, and determinant methods; derive and graph functions; and apply factoring to solve fractional and quadratic equations. You will make extensive use of trigonometric and vector analysis to solve technical problems in right and oblique triangles, and angles in any quadrant. You will apply the relationship between exponents and radicals, and the relationship between exponential and logarithmic functions to technical applications. Finally, you will solve problems involving both Euclidean and analytic geometry.

Hours: 60
Course Code: MATH-1030

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills from a certified trainer. As required by regulation, this course covers CPR and the management of other breathing, airway and circulation emergencies, as well as, the control of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing fractures and dislocations, head and spine injuries, and more. Also, includes automated external defibrilators (AED). This certification expires in 3 years.

Hours: 12
Course Code: NCPR-1001

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.

Hours: 3
Course Code: NCPR-1002


An examination of general physics topics. Students study vectors, forces in equilibrium, torque and rotation, kinematics, Newton's laws, work, power, fluid and thermal physics, waves, sound, and light.

Hours: 45
Course Code: PHYS-1200

Introduction to Statics

Examines the basis for structural design applications. Emphasis is placed on problem solving involving the geometric properties of structural shapes, including centroids, moment of inertia, and modulus of elasticity. Vector analysis, resolution of bodies in equilibrium, method of joints/method of sections truss analysis, and stress-strain relationships are also topics that are covered within the scope of this course.

Hours: 45
Course Code: PHYS-2100

Introduction to Structures

An introduction to structures used in construction. Students design structural members and calculate live and dead loads. Students also analyze imposed loading and select components through the limit states design process. A structural drawing comprised of a plan view, cross sections, and connection details is created based on the analysis and selection of structural members.

Hours: 45
Course Code: PHYS-2200