VCT 154 Introduction to Masonry

Course Description: This course provides students with knowledge and experience in the preparation of various types of mortar and concrete and handling and placement of masonry units. Instructions will also include the care and safe use of masonry hand tools and power equipment.

  • This Course also meets PLO #(s) ):2-5 of Carpentry Program.
  • Prerequisite Courses: VSP 153a
  • 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. Describe the principles of masonry construction.
    2. Describe the purpose of mortar and its composition.
    3. Competently use hand tools.
    4. Identify types of brick and block bonds.
    5. Construct a simple wall

    SLO

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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. Describe the principles of masonry construction.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment Strategies

    1.1 Recognize and observe Occupational Safety and Health requirements.

    Written tests, practical tests, and projects

    1.2 Recognize and describe the various types of masonry.

    1.3 Explain common terms to describe masonry.

    1.4 Identify the types of masonry (e.g.: concrete blocks and bricks)

    1.5 Identify and describe the tools and equipment required.

    General SLO 2. Describe the purpose of mortar and its composition.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment Strategies

    2.1 Describe the purpose of mortar.

    Written tests, practical tests, and projects

    2.2 Explain the composition of mortar.

    2.3 Describe the various types of mortar and explain their uses.

    2.4 Describe how mortar is mixed.

     

    General SLO 3. Competently use hand tools.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment Strategies

    3.1 Select the correct hand tools to construct a simple wall.

    Written tests, practical tests, and projects

    3.2 Demonstrate the correct use of measuring and leveling tools.

    3.3 Demonstrate the correct and safe use of a bricklayer’s trowel for applying and spreading mortar.

    3.4 Demonstrate the correct and safe use of hand tools to cut bricks and blocks.

    General SLO 4. Identify types of brick and block bonds.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment Strategies

    4.1 Explain the need for bonding bricks and blocks.

    Written tests, practical tests, and projects

    4.2 Describe the various bonds and their uses.

    4.3 Describe the requirements of horizontal bed joints and vertical perpends.

    4.4 Demonstrate the application of mortar to bricks/blocks to form bed joints and perpends.

    General SLO 5. Construct a simple wall.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    Assessment Strategies

    5.1 Set out the position of wall using “profiles”.

    Written tests, practical tests, and projects

    5.2 Assemble all necessary tools and equipment.

    5.3 Arrange bricks/blocks adjacent to work area.

    5.4 Mix suitable mortar.

    5.5 Demonstrate the laying of the bed course.

    5.6 Demonstrate the laying of subsequent courses, using an appropriate bond, so that they are both horizontal and vertical.

    5.7 Check that brickwork/blockwork is in line and to the required height with uniform joints.

    5.8 Clean all tools and equipment.

    D. COURSE CONTENTS

    1. Principles of masonry
    2. Mortar
    3. Hand tools
    4. Types of bricks/blocks
    5. Lay a simple wall

    E.METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

    1. Practical/Hands-on experience
    2. Lectures/Demonstration, group discussion, and application

    F. REQURIED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
    Kicklighter, E. C., (1991), Modern Masonry- brick, block, stone. Illinois: The Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc. (or most recent edition).
    Portland cement, sand, and gravel.

    G. REFERENCE MATERIALS
    Hardware and manufacturers manuals

    H. INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
    None

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

    J. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
    None

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