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Course Outlines

BLDC 1200 Construction 1 A

School School of Construction and the Environment
Program Architectural and Building Technology
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date January 07, 2021
End Date March 25, 2021
Total Hours 36
Total Weeks 12
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites Previous drafting experience or DRFT 1000 is recommended prior to taking this course.
CRN 70553

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Walfried Klassen
E-mail Instructor to provide
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

Introduces basic principles of wood frame building construction. Develops skills to produce a basic set of construction working drawings. Topics; western platform wood frame construction; wall framing, floor framing and roof framing for a single family residence.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify architectural working drawing requirements.
  • Size sawn timber components to part 9 code compliance.
  • Prepare a partial set of architectural working drawings.

Learning Resources


1. The Span Book, latest edition, Canadian Wood Council.

2. Basic drafting tools and supplies (as required).

3. Electronic calculator (basic trig functions, degree conversion DMS/DD).


4. British Columbia Building Code, 2018.

5. Canadian Wood Frame House Construction, Metric edition, Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation

6. Graphic Guide to Frame Construction, Rob Thallon, The Tauton Press, 1991.

7. User’s Guide NBC 1995, Housing and Small Buildings (part 9), National Research Council

8. Wood Design Manual, latest edition, Canadian Wood Council.

9. Wood Building Technology, Canadian Wood Council.

10. Building Digests (1–250), Division of Building Research, National Research Council.

11. Architectural Graphic Standards, Student (7th) edition, Ramsey.

12. Building Construction Illustrated, Ching.

13. Modern Carpentry, Wagner.

14. Principles and Practices of Light Construction, Smith.

15. Building Solutions, CMHC.

Course Goals

The course goal is to provide students with an understanding of western frame construction through the production of architectural working drawings including implementation of proper construction standards and code requirements. The course also introduces basic drafting skills, as required for the production of working drawings.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Assignment one (building plans) 50

Assignment two (floor design)

  • Assignments submitted late will be penalized 10% per each calendar day late.

Assignment three (stair design)

Assignment four(roof design)



  • Course completion requires all class assignments to have been submitted prior to the final examination for the term.
TOTAL 100%
  • Students unable to take the midterm or final exam, due to illness, must submit a medical certificate to the instructor. The certificate must state the time period in question and state that the student was unable to attend class due to medical reasons.

Other information

Information for Students

Assignments: Late assignments, lab reports or projects will not be accepted for marking. Assignments must be done on an individual basis unless otherwise specified by the instructor.

Makeup Tests, Exams or Quizzes: There will be no makeup tests, exams or quizzes. If you miss a test, exam or quiz, you will receive zero marks. Exceptions may be made for documented medical reasons or extenuating circumstances. In such a case, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor immediately.

Ethics: BCIT assumes that all students attending the Institute will follow a high standard of ethics. Incidents of cheating or plagiarism may, therefore, result in a grade of zero for the assignment, quiz, test, exam or project for all parties involved and/or expulsion from the course.

Attendance: The attendance policy as outlined in the current BCIT Calendar will be enforced. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session. Students not present at that time will be recorded as absent.

Illness: A doctor’s note is required for any illness causing you to miss assignments, quizzes, tests, projects or exam. At the discretion of the instructor, you may complete the work missed or have the work prorated.

Statement for prior learning assessment

Transfer Credit

Equivalent Part-time Studies courses may be transferable to the Architectural and Building Engineering Technology diploma program based on the recommendations of the diploma instructor and the program head. In order to be considered for a course credit, students must already be accepted into the diploma program and are required to demonstrate competency of the subject matter by having earned a minimum final grade in the equivalent course. Please refer to for current information regarding transfer credits into the full-time diploma program.

Course Schedule and Assignments

Date Material Covered Readings Assignment Due Date
Week 1Intro and course project organization
  • course outline
  • balloon / western framing
  • wood frame wall systems
  • plates and studs – code regulations
Week 2

Wall framing

  • standard wall height determination
  • (non) loadbearing walls
  • max supported joist span
Week 3Floor framing
  • sawn-timber joists
  • engineered wood joists
  • span and supported length
Week 4Floor framing (continued)
  • lintel-, BU-beam sizing
  • openings in floor systems
  • designing for shrinkage
Week 5

Stair construction

  • critical code issues
  • in situ stair construction
Week 6to be determined
Week 7

Engineered roof trusses

  • truss roof framing
  • basic roof truss layout
  • hip roof truss components
Week 8

Conventional roof framing

  • roof rafters and roof joists
  • rafters and ceiling joists, roof slope
  • rafter span reduction methods
Week 9

Conventional roof framing (continued)

  • conventional roof joist detail
  • combining trusses and roof joists
  • insulation and ventilation
Week 10


  • rigid diaphragms
  • conventional wall development
  • rain screen detailing
Week 11

Roof details and course review

  • combined conventional/truss framing
  • review


Week 12

to be determined

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Construction and the Environment

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Walfried Klassen, Instructor
January 05, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Rohi Nath, Faculty
January 05, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Michael Currie, Associate Dean
January 06, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.