Valley Career & Technical Center
Masonry I - Course Syllabus
COURSE TITLE: MASONRY I - VA Trade and Industrial Education Course # 8512
Instructor: Robert B. Ham
The Masonry I Program is a one-semester program. Students spend the majority of time in the masonry lab, developing “hands on” masonry skills.
MASONRY I INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:
· Identifying and selecting materials, products, tools, and equipment
· Basic bricklaying procedures for line work and constructing leads
· Basic block laying procedures for line work and constructing leads
· Constructing masonry piers and columns
· Cleaning new masonry work
· Training regarding Construction Industry Safety Standards (students are given the opportunity to complete the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry Training Requirements
· Measurements relying upon masonry spacing scales and fractions of an inch
· Prospective bricklayers need to be in good physical condition. Students with
asthma or other health concerns are advised to consult their physician
· Students should be able to manually lift and handle masonry units weighing 50 pounds repeatedly and handle materials weighing up to 100 pounds.
· Students should have good manual dexterity, good eye-hand coordination, and a good eye for aligning separate units level and plumb.
· Students should be able to cooperate and work with others as a team, as bricklayers typically do.
· Students should be able to perform basic math operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers and fractions)
· Students should be able to read a ruler including increments of ½, ¼, 1/8, and 1/16 fractions.
· Upon successful completion of the Masonry I Program, students may qualify to enroll in Masonry II.
· Students are prepared to become employed as a mason’s tender (laborer).
GRADING AND PROGRESS REPORTING
Under a competency-based system of student assessment, traditional grades are replaced by reports of student progress in demonstrating proficiency in meeting Learning Goals for Duty Areas or units and Learning Targets (Competencies). Because student progress will be measured cumulatively, formal grades will only be reported at the end of a semester.
STUDENT PROGRESS WILL BE REPORTED AS:
4.0: Exemplary/Exceeds standard
3.0: Proficient/Meets standard
2.0: Developing/Approaching standard
1.0: Beginning/Well below standard
Below 1.0: Insufficient work shown
A variety of assessment strategies including projects, lab demonstrations, oral reports, essays, student portfolios, student/teacher conferences, as well as traditional tests, quizzes and homework will be used to determine student progress. Student behavior may be reported if necessary, but will not factor into the assessment of student performance.
TRADITIONAL GRADE/COMPETENCY CONVERSION
Below 1.0: F
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFORMATION:
School Phone Number and office extension: 540-245-5002, EXT. 229
TEXTBOOK: Masonry – Brick and Block Construction, Author: Robert B. Ham
TEXTBOOK CourseMate WITH eBook: Masonry – Brick and Block Construction,
Author: Robert B. Ham, ISBN-13: 9781133935261
WORKBOOK: Masonry – Brick and Block Construction, Author: Robert B. Ham
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