University of Florida

AOM 3220
Agricultural Construction and Maintenance

Semester Taught - Fall

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Selection and use of materials and tools used in planning, constructing and maintaining buildings. Students will participate in class lectures and hands-on laboratory activities to build full-scale projects involving framing, plumbing, electrical, windows, etc. Building codes and building science will be combined to provide an introduction to the changing world of construction.

Pre-requisites/Co-requisites

None

Course Objectives

Through laboratory experiences and subject matter covered, the student is expected to gain rudimentary skill proficiencies and knowledge in the following areas:

  • The student will be able to select, safely use, service and operate common shop and field construction tools.
  • The student will be able to estimate material needs, select proper materials and use them to build common structures.
  • Students will be able to analyze common electrical circuits, construct or repair them and demonstrate functionality.
  • Students will be able to analyze common plumbing systems and materials and demonstrate construction techniques with PVC and copper.
  • Students will use building science information and techniques to assist in material selection and building design for the hot-humid climate.
  • Students will use best management practices to operate buildings in the most resource efficient method possible. 
  • Lab exercises will be used to develop student’s small group management skills.

Instructor

Dr. Wendell A. Porter, P.E.
Lecturer
Rogers Hall, Rm 105
352-392-1864 x105
E-mail: waporter@ifas.ufl.edu

Material/Supply Fees

$60.00

Class Materials Required

Time does not permit everything to be covered in lecture and lab, therefore, reading and homework will be assigned.  Exams will include outside reading material as well as that provided in the lectures and labs. Reading lists and materials will be included in each module.  There is no assigned textbook for this class.  The schedule is approximate.  Exact test dates will be presented in class at least one week ahead of each exam due to particular requirements of the AEC students.  The Canvas system will be used to enable students to access course materials. 
The Canvas gradebook will not be used.

Course Outline (dates are approximate)

Week

Lecture/Lab

Topic

HW/Test notes

Lab/Comments

1

L1

Syllabus, Intro

 

No lab

 

L2

Safety/sign-up

HW1

 

2

L3

Tape measure Construction Math

HW2

Lab1: Safety, tools, wall skills

 

L4

Building Envelope

HW3

 

3

L5

Building Envelope types

HW4

Lab2: Fasteners

 

L6

Building Envelope types

 

 

4

L7

Building Systems

HW5

Lab 3: Wall Sections

 

L8

Building systems

 

 

5

L9

Test review

 

Lab 4: Roof Trusses

 

L10

Test 1

 

 

6

L11

Bldg Systems: Electrical

HW6

Lab 5: Electrical I

 

L12

Electrical

 

 

7

L13

Electrical

HW7

Lab 6: Electrical II

 

L14

Siting Issues, Topo

HW8

 

8

L15

Plumbing

 

Lab 7: Plumbing

 

L16

Plumbing

HW9

 

9

L17

Concrete

HW9

Lab 8: Concrete

 

L18

Concrete

HW10

 

10

L19

Test review

 

Lab 9: Window Installation

 

L20

Test 2

 

 

11

L21

HVAC

HW11

Lab 10: Roof halves

 

L22

HVAC

 

 

12

L23

HVAC

HW12

Lab 11: Shingles

 

L24

Case Studies

HW13

 

13

L25

Case Studies

 

Lab 12: Finish Shingles

 

L26

Case Studies

HW14

 

14

L27

Weatherization

HW15

No Lab Thanksgiving

15

L28

Weatherization

HW16

Lab 13: PV and Demos

 

L29

Weatherization

 

 

16

L30

Review and the Future, Test 3 assigned

 

No lab

  1. Attendance is required at the lab you are registered. This is a very hands-on course, the only way to learn in lab and to do the project (both of which earn points) is through attendance. Therefore, it is to the student's great advantage to make every effort to attend. Missed labs can not be made up once the week in which that lab is taught, has passed.
  2. Skills and psychomotor proficiencies take longer to develop than the cognitive skills, therefore it may take some people additional time and practice to gain mastery of some skills. Much of this course is psychomotor or skill oriented and proficiency will be evaluated for grading purposes. An "A" will require considerable effort and may demand extra time by the student.
  3. Since this is a shop course, please dress accordingly (i.e. no sandals, loose fitting sleeves, dangling jewelry or hair, shirt tails and clothing that might get caught in the machinery).
  4. You will be asked to help clean up the lab toward the end of the period.
  5. Students are not only expected to attend each lab but the ENTIRE scheduled period . Therefore, arrangements should be made ahead of time in order to leave early and still receive credit.

Grading

A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.  In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better).  Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.  For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx


Grading Scale
A 800 to 752 pts
A- 751 to 720 pts
B+ 719 to 696 pts
B 695 to 664 pts
B- 663 to 640 pts
C+ 639 to 616 pts
C 615 to 576 pts
C- 575 to 560 pts
D+ 559 to 536 pts
D 535 to 496 pts
D- 495 to 480 pts
E Below 480 pts
Exams 3 tests 100 pts ea 300 total pts
Labs 12 labs 5 pts ea 240 total pts
Homework  18 sets 10 pts ea 180 total pts
Attendance (other)  taken 10 times 8 pts ea 80 total pts

For information on current UF policies for assigning grade points, see https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx

NO CELL PHONE USE DURING CLASS!!

Academic Honesty

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see: http://www.dso.ufl.edu/sccr/process/student-conduct-honor-code.  

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565, www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/  

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575, www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/

    Counseling Services
    Groups and Workshops
    Outreach and Consultation
    Self-Help Library
    Training Programs
    Community Provider Database

  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601, www.crc.ufl.edu/