VBM 104 Building Maintenance IV

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce the students to activities and concerns relating to the effective maintenance and improvement of the grounds and landscaping that surrounds various structures. In addition care and maintenance of related equipment will be an integral part of this course.

  • This Course also meets PLO #(s) ): NA
  • Prerequisite Courses: VSP 153a Industrial Safety
  • A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):
    The student will be able to:

    1. Identify safety and occupational health requirements in the building industry.
    2. Use competently specified hand and power tools for air-conditioning, carpentry, electrical, landscaping, and plumbing trades.
    3. Perform basic hand skills in maintaining air-conditioning, electrical and plumbing systems to given specifications.
    4. Perform basic hand skills in maintaining buildings and grounds.
    5. Interpret information from blueprint drawings.
    6. Participate in the building maintenance profession.

    B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - GENERAL:
    The student will be able to:

    1. Develop an effective strategy for landscaping and/or building exterior maintenance schedule for use on an ongoing basis (preventative maintenance).
    2. Identify appropriate tools and equipment needed for the implementation of a landscaping maintenance program.
    3. Maintain and perform simple repairs on landscaping equipment.
    4. Develop a collection of plant stock for use in landscaping (nursery plants).
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of transplanting and pruning for beautification of a landscaping setting.
    6. Develop an aesthetic sense of landscaping appropriate for the building’s usage.

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    I = Introduced
    D = Demonstrated
    M = Mastered

    C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)-SPECIFIC:
    The student will be able to:

    General SLO 1. Develop an effective strategy for landscaping and/or building exterior maintenance schedule for use on an ongoing basis (preventative maintenance).


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment Strategies

    1.1 Develop an effective strategy for landscaping and/or building exterior maintenance schedule for use on an ongoing basis (preventative maintenance).

    Written tests, practical tests, and projects

    1.2 Produce a landscaping activity schedule including grass cutting and pruning.

    1.3 Produce a simple schedule on a weekly/monthly/yearly basis for: grounds maintenance and exterior building maintenance.

    General SLO 2. Identify appropriate tools and equipment needed for the implementation of a landscaping maintenance program.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment Strategies

    2.1 Identify hand tools commonly used in grounds maintenance and landscaping.

    Written tests, practical tests, and projects

    2.2 Select appropriate hand tools and equipment for specified grounds maintenance tasks.

    2.3 Demonstrate the safe use of hand tools and equipment in the workplace when completing specified tasks.

    2.4 Select and fit relevant personal protective equipment required to be worn when operating and handling tools and equipment.

    General SLO 3. Maintain and perform simple repairs on landscaping equipment.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment Strategies

    3.1 List various supplies and components used in maintenance and repair of equipment.

    Written tests, practical tests, and projects

    3.2 Demonstrate the safe cleaning and maintenance of various power tools and equipment: Brush cutter, chain saw, wheel barrow, pruning tools, shovels, rakes etc.

    3.3 Identify different maintenance schedules for the above mentioned equipment used in grounds maintenance.

    General SLO 4. Develop a collection of plant stock for use in landscaping (nursery plants).


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment Strategies

    4.1 Demonstrate various methods of plant propagation.

    Written tests, practical tests, and projects

    4.2. Describe the proper spacing requirements for a plant nursery.

    4.3. Explain the correct procedure for fertilizer usage.

    4.4 Select and fit relevant personal protective equipment that is required to be worn when handling chemicals.

    General SLO 5. Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of transplanting and pruning for beautification of a landscaping setting.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment Strategies

    5.1 Recognize the needs of plants during the transplanting process.

    Written tests, practical tests, and projects

    5.2 Perform basic transplanting of various types of plants.

    5.3 Describe basic cutting and pruning techniques used for strength, foliage and aesthetics.

    5.4 Demonstrate setting plants from seeds.

    General SLO 6. Develop an aesthetic sense of landscaping appropriate for the building’s usage.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment Strategies

    Develop an aesthetic sense of landscaping appropriate for the building’s usage.

    Written tests, practical tests, and projects

    6.2 Describe the relationship between various natural materials and man-made materials in a landscaping setting.

    6.3 Produce a simple landscape project design.

    6.4 Produce a work schedule for a landscape project.

    6.5 Produce an appropriate material list for a landscape project.

    6.6 Recognize natural beauty within a landscape setting

    D. COURSE CONTENTS

    1. Preventative maintenance
    2. Tools and equipment
    3. Equipment repair
    4. Nursery plants
    5. Beautification

    E.METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
    Practical/Hands-on experience Lectures/Demonstration, group discussion, and application.

    F. REQURIED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
    Better Homes & Gardens. (2007), Step By Step Landscaping (Better Homes & Gardens Gardening). Better Homes & Gardens Publication. (or most recent edition). Fertilizer, rocks, Portland cement, and sand.

    G. REFERENCE MATERIALS
    Freirer, J. L., Freirer, M. D., & Hutchings, G. R. (1997), Carpentry and Building Construction. Fifth edition. New York: Glencoe McGraw-Hill. (Or the latest edition). Hardware and manufacturer’s manuals

    H. INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
    None

    I. EVALUATION
    Students majored in the building maintenance & repair program must achieve 70% mastery or a “C” to pass this course.

    J. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
    None

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