ONLINE COURSE BC-LM1: INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR LAYMEN
COURSE COST: $125
This is our flagship online course. It does not require any background in construction, engineering, or architecture, but has sufficient depth to interest and engage people from those areas too. Information is presented in a very clear, easy to understand style. We have taken the trouble to cover all the key aspects of every topic, so that you do not miss anything important. It also incorporates tips from years spent at construction sites, and blends basic theory with hands-on practice. We are constantly updating and improving the material. Instruction is given through video lectures. The course covers the following topics:
An introduction to the topic, the course structure, and how to extract the most out of the online course.
part 1: The basic parts of a building
An introduction to the basic parts of a building: foundations, walls, columns, beams, slabs, shear walls, basements, facades, roofs, shafts. The role each plays in the construction is described.
part 2: introduction to structural systems
This part has two sections: one for large, multi-storey buildings and the other for small buildings. Each type has its own set of appropriate structural systems, and we will examine each system in detail and study the differences between them.
part 3: how buildings are put together
So how are buildings actually put together, and what is the right sequence to follow? We talk about the construction sequence from start to finish.
part 4: building materials
Here we will discuss properties of building materials across the entire range of building materials. An understanding of the properties of these materials will enable you to select the right material for every application. We will look at concrete, steel, glass, woord, plywood, floor finishes, walls, toilets, cladding materials, and roofs from a materials perspective.
part 5: introduction to building services
This part deals with building services, which are systems such as power supply, plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning), fire fighting, low voltage systems (telephone, data, security, etc.), and building management systems. We will explain how each system works and how they are distributed across the building.
part 6: the design process
How is a building designed? Before a building is built, it must be designed. This section explains how the design process works, who the key players are, and the role and responsibilities of each.
part 7: introduction to project management
This section deals with the construction process. Project management is the art and science of managing a construction project, and is a challenging but rewarding process. We cover the key aspects of project management, and explain how each of the key stakeholders in the project - the owner, the contractor, and the designers work together to achieve a successful result.
part 8: building codes
Gaining an understanding of building codes is a very important aspect of building construction. We explain why codes are necessary, and which codes must be followed strictly, and which can be 'interpreted'.
Conclusion that ties together everything that has been learnt so far, and explains how to access more detailed information and grow one's knowledge about building construction.