546 Civil Engineering and Architecture (PLTW)

2 semesters, 1 credit

Open to juniors and seniors who have scored at least a 4 on the Principles of Engineering End-of-Course Exam or teacher permission.

Civil Engineering and Architecture is part of the national Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software.

Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students will problem solve as they practice common engineering design and development protocols such as project management and peer review.  Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical standards, and they will use current 3D design and modeling software to represent and communicate solutions.  In addition, the development of computational methods that are commonly used on engineering problem solving, including statistical analysis and mathematical modeling, are emphasized. Ethical issues related to professional practice and product development are also presented.



By the completion of this course, students will be able to...

  1. Past accomplishments within the fields of civil engineering and architecture.
  2. Standard practice in the design of single family homes.
  3. How to calculate the cost and efficiency of construction and energy costs associated with development.
  4. Standard practice in the design of commercial facilities.
  5. Modern utilities and services required in order for buildings to function effectively and lawfully. 



By the completion of this course, students will know...

  1. Autodesk Revit
  2. Land surveying
  3. Soil analysis
  4. Calculating heat loss and gain in regards to HVAC
  5. Load calculations and analysis

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This curriculum last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Science Department.