• Architectural Drawing and Design (8437)

    Riverheads High School

    Course Syllabus


    Course Description

    Architectural Drawing and Design prepares students for careers in the architecture and construction industry. The course sequence focuses on duties and tasks performed by professionals in architecture, as well as pre-employment and employment skills.

    Prerequisites: Technical Drawing and Design

    Grade Levels: 10, 11, or 12

    This course may assist the student in preparing for the following certification examinations, national assessments, or licensure examinations approved by the Virginia Board of Education:

    • AutoCAD 2000 Certification (Brainbench)
    • AutoCAD 2002 Certification (Brainbench)
    • AutoCAD 2004 Certification (Brainbench)


    Tech Education has two major objectives :

    1. To provide education needed to enter and to maintain employment in the construction industry or a related field.
    2. Enhance learning opportunities in other subjects such as Algebra and Geometry by providing actual application of these subjects via classroom projects.

    Major Learning Areas

    1. Define architectural drawing.
    2. Describe career qualifications, responsibilities, and wages.
    3. Build presentation models.
    4. Letter presentation drawings, using mechanical lettering sets.
    5. Letter presentation drawings, using transfer and pressure sensitive letters.
    6. Prepare design sketches.
    7. Sketch a preliminary plan layout.
    8. Draw a floor plan.
    9. List and identify basic types of houses.
    10. Draw a plot plan.
    11. Add drawing identification location information.
    12. Prepare a plan abbreviations list.
    13. Draw a basement plan.
    14. Draw a foundation plan.
    15. Draw a concrete slab plan.
    16. Draw a joist framing plan.
    17. Draw wall sections.
    18. Draw floor sections.
    19. Draw foundation sections.
    20. Draw stair sections details.
    21. Draw door and window sections.
    22. Draw fireplace details.
    23. Draw interior perspective views.
    24. Draw exterior perspective views.
    25. Draw presentation floor plans.
    26. Render presentation designs, using ink.
    27. Letter presentation drawings, using mechanical lettering         sets.
    28. Sketch preliminary elevations.
    29. Draw exterior elevations.
    30. Draw interior elevations.
    31. Draw door and window schedules.
    32. Write specifications.
    33. Develop and draw electrical plan requirements.
    34. Prepare heating and air conditioning plans.
    35. Prepare plumbing plans.
    36. List and describe factors and methods of financing.


      These goals align with the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) Standards for Technological Literacy.

      Evaluation and Regulations:

      The following regulations are set forth on paper so that you will never be in doubt about the requirements of this course.


      Punctual and regular attendance is expected of all students in all course activities. Any class session missed reduces the opportunity for learning and may adversely affect the grade that you achieve in the course. Any course work missed due to an absence must be made up within 3 school days.


      Major units of instruction will be followed by a test. Scheduled tests will be announced one week in advance. If for some qualified reason a student cannot be present, he/she must contact the teacher and make arrangements for taking the test prior to the time the test is given.


      Units of instruction that cover daily activities will be graded by quizzes. These quizzes are unannounced and cover material that has just been presented. Quizzes equal 1/3 of a test.

      Making Up Work After Absences:

      Students with absences will be expected to make up all work within three days after returning to school.  Extensions to this time limit may be granted by the teacher, principal or his designee in cases of extended excused absences or unforeseen circumstances.  Again, good judgment must be exercised to ensure that students who have absences are afforded ample time to complete make-up work. (Regulation 7.110)  The student is responsible for requesting, arranging and completing makeup work.

      Final Exam:

      The final exam cover all the material covered in the course. The questions come directly from the material presented in the daily classes. Final exams count 20% of the final grade.

      All students will take the final exam.

      For more information go to the Virginia Department of Education's Web site at:

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      Grading Scale

      A+ 99-100 B+ 92-93 C+ 84-85 D+ 76-77 F   0-69
      A     96-98 B   88-91 C    80-83 D    72-75  
      A-    94-95 B-  86-87 C-  78-79 D-  70-71  

      Grading Policy

      A range = Thorough Mastery of Subject Matter

      B range = Above Average, Good Consistent Effort

      C range = Average Achievement

      D range = Below Average Achievement

      F = Poor Work, Lack of Comprehension

      *I = In order to reduce the number of failures and at the same time maintain high academic standards, teachers are encouraged to use “I” to indicate a grade when student’s work is not completed.

      Every 6 Weeks

      40% Class projects

      30% Tests and Quizzes

      3 Quizzes = 1 Test

      20% Class Participation

      10% Homework/Notebook