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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Courses

Fall Year 1 Winter Year 1 Fall Year 2 Winter Year 2 Fall Year 3 Winter Year 3
ARET 1100 ARET 1300 ARET 2100 ARET 2120 ARET 3300 ARET 3310
ARET 1110 ARET 1400 ARET 2200 ARET 2220 ARET 3400 ARET 3510
ARET 1120 ARET 1510 ARET 2210 ARET 2300 ARET 3500 ARET 3610
ARET 1200 ARET 1410 ARET 2500 ARET 2400 ARET 3600 ARET 3630
ARET 1500 CMNS 1850 PHYS 1510 ARET 2600 ARET 3620
MATH 1540 * MATH 1640 PHYS 1610 CMNS 2850

*or equivalent

ARET 1100
ARET 1100
Graphical Communication (2,1,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course involves the fundamentals of basic drawing and hand sketching, with emphasis on drawing skills, conventions, techniques, layout and representation theory. This course is available in the Fall semester only.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Architectural & Engineering Technology Program or permission from the department chair
Note: This course is part of a limited enrollment program Required Lab: ARET 1100L Required Seminar: ARET 1100S
ARET 1110
ARET 1110
Computer Aided Design and Drafting 1 (2,0,2)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course involves the fundamentals of computer aided drafting as an alternative to traditional hand drafting. Utilizing computers and the latest Autodesk software, this course forms the basis for other courses within the Architectural and Engineering Technology program. This course is available in the Fall semester only.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Architectural & Engineering Technology Program or permission from the department chair
Corequisite: ARET 1100
Note: This course is part of a limited enrollment program Required Lab: ARET 1110L
ARET 1120
ARET 1120
Introduction to Architectural Representation (1,1,0)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course introduces the student to the basics of creating architectural drawings using Autodesk software and elevations. Using the current architectural software, the student creates basic floor plan and associated drawings. Upon completion of the course, students design a 3D building model and generate the 2D plans required by the construction industry. This course is available in the Fall semester only.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Architectural & Engineering Technology Program or permission from the department chair
Corequisite: ARET 1100, ARET 1110, ARET 1200
Note: This course is part of a limited enrollment program Required Seminar: ARET 1120S
ARET 1200
ARET 1200
Materials and Applications 1 - Specifications (3,1,0)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course introduces students to building materials and methods applied in contemporary building construction. Lectures include an introduction to contract documents (specifications and working drawings), the advantages and limitations of the various types of contracts, the bidding procedure using bid depository regulations, and the types of bonds most currently in use. This course is available in the Fall semester only.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Architectural & Engineering Technology Program or permission from the department chair
Corequisite: ARET 1110
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Seminar: ARET 1200S
ARET 1500
ARET 1500
Building Electrical Design (2,0,1)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
ADEE
This fundamental course in building electrical systems design involves a detailed analysis of the Canadian Electrical Code pertinent to residential and/or multi-residential building electrical distribution systems, electrical engineering design practices, and electrical design drawing production. During the course, students interpret electrical code rules and apply the requirements defined by those rules, demonstrate good engineering practice in the development of a residential and/or multi-residential building electrical design, and create electrical working drawings. This course is available in the Fall Semester only.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Architectural & Engineering Technology Program or permission from the department chair
Corequisite: ARET 1100, ARET 1110
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Lab: ARET 1500L
ARET 1300
ARET 1300
Building Technology 1 (3,2,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
Students are introduced to basic platform framing, commonly used in residential buildings that are regulated under Part 9 (Housing and Small Buildings) of the British Columbia Building Code. This course is available in the Winter semester only.
Prerequisite: ARET 1100, ARET 1110, ARET 1120, ARET 1200 or permission from the department chair
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Lab: ARET 1300L Required Seminar: ARET 1300S
ARET 1400
ARET 1400
Civil Technology 1 (4,1,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course is an entry level course into the field of Civil Engineering Design and Drafting. The course includes Traverse survey computations, geometric design calculations, area calculations and earthwork calculations. The student will use the latest version of Autodesk's Civil 3D software to produce a subdivision layout comprising of a plan and profile drawing with horizontal and vertical alignments and cross-sections.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Architectural and Engineering Technology program or written consent of the Chairperson Required Lab: ARET 1400L Required Seminar: ARET 1400S
ARET 1510
ARET 1510
Building Lighting Design (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course involves a detailed analysis of the factors considered in the selection of light sources and equipment through the utilization of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) calculation methods and engineering practices. In addition, the fundamentals of the biology of sight and the psychology of colour as it pertains to the development of a building lighting system is discussed. Students determine the illumination requirements of a building through the utilization of IESNA calculation methods, apply the building illumination requirements utilizing engineering practices, develop a commercial building lighting system design, and create a commercial building lighting system working drawing. This course is available in the Winter Semester only.
Prerequisite: ARET 1100, ARET 1120, ARET 1500 or permission from the department chair
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program
ARET 1410
ARET 1410
Construction Surveying (60 hours)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
Students are introduced to the basic techniques of construction surveying. This course has a compressed schedule and is offered at the end of the Winter semester.
Prerequisite: ARET 1400 or permission from the department chair
Note: This course involves outdoor field work. This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Seminar: ARET 1410S
ARET 2100
ARET 2100
Computer Aided Design and Drafting 2 (2,0,2)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
ADEE
Upon completion, successful students have a working knowledge of OLE, menu customization, attribute extraction, importing and exporting different file formats, external reference files, the creation of 3D surface and solid models, and the extraction of orthographic views from solid models. This course is available after the Winter semester.
Prerequisite: ARET 1110 or permission from the department chairperson
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Lab: ARET 2100L
ARET 2200
ARET 2200
Materials and Applications 2 - Estimating (2,1,0)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course provides the fundamentals of construction estimating. Students apply traditional estimating material takeoff procedures, analyze the concepts of unit pricing and productivity, and estimate material and labour costs utilizing traditional estimating procedures. On completion of this course, successful students are able to interpret the information provided on an architectural drawing set and, from that information, generate a material takeoff and a material and labour cost estimate. This course is only available in the Fall Semester.
Prerequisite: ARET 1200 and ARET 1300 or permission from the department chair
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Seminar: ARET 2200S
ARET 2210
ARET 2210
Construction Management (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course involves the fundamental aspects of construction management, including on-site management and inspection, construction safety, construction laws and labour relations, contract and construction administration, and the planning, scheduling, and controlling of construction projects.
Prerequisite: ARET 1200 or permission from the department chair
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Seminar: ARET 2210S
ARET 2500
ARET 2500
Building Plumbing Design (3,0,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course provides a detailed analysis of the B.C. Plumbing Code, the Canadian Gas Code, plumbing engineering practices, plumbing design, and drawing production. Students create sanitary, storm, domestic water distribution, and natural gas system designs, and apply those designs to the creation of a plumbing working drawing for a commercial building. This course is only available in the Fall Semester.
Prerequisite: ARET 1100, ARET 1110, ARET 1120, ARET 1200, ARET 1300 or permission of the department chair person
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Lab: ARET 2500L
ARET 2120
ARET 2120
Building Information Technology (2,3,0)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course is an introduction to Revit Architecture. Students learn the techniques for the mass modeling of a building. The building information model is then developed into a complete set of architectural working drawings. The building model may also be used for construction planning, conflict detection, fabrication and sustainable design. Using knowledge obtained in the first year of the program, successful students are able to develop the building model components including walls, roofs, floors, slabs, railings and fences, as well as customizing families for REVIT software. Presentation techniques, details, and annotation of plans and details are also discussed. This course is only offered in the Winter semester.
Prerequisite: ARET 1110, ARET 1120 and ARET 1300 or permission of the department chairperson
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Seminar: ARET 2120S
ARET 2220
ARET 2220
Applied Research Project (0,1,0)
Credits: 1
Campus
SC
ADEE
This seminar course may be used as an extension to one of ARET 1300, ARET 2400 or ARET 2500 to support the completion of the Applied Research Project. In the seminar, students focus their research toward specific applications and implementations, and prepare to develop their final conclusions and report.
Prerequisite: CMNS 1850
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program
ARET 2300
ARET 2300
Building Regulations (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course provides students with an overview of the British Columbia Building Code, with in-depth analysis of Part 3 Fire Protection, Occupant Safety and Accessibility, and Part 5 Environmental Separation. In addition, students research common municipal zoning by-law requirements, in reference to Kamloops Zoning By-law No. 5-1-200 by-laws. This course is offered in the Winter semester only.
Prerequisite: ARET 1300 or permission from the department chairperson
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Seminar: ARET 2300S
ARET 2400
ARET 2400
Site Planning and Development (3,0,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course provides an introduction to the land development process and focuses on specific issues related to site planning, organization and circulation. The connection between land use and transportation is explored and methods to assess on-site and off-site transportation requirements are introduced. The course includes planning concepts, site planning principles, sustainable site design principles, an application study of the Kamloops Zoning Bylaw, trip generation calculation, site organization and layout, parking layout, site amenities and landscaping. This course is available in the Winter semester only.
Prerequisite: ARET 1400, ARET1410 or permission from the department chairperson
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Lab: ARET 2400L
ARET 2600
ARET 2600
Statics and Strength of Materials (5,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This design course is intended to familiarize students with the concepts of static equilibrium and strength of materials. The course includes force analysis of trusses and frames, centroids, moments of inertia, and shear force and bending moment diagrams. Students examine the stress and strain effects of axial, torsional, bending, and shear forces. The emphasis of the course is on problem solving. Students demonstrate the application of the principles of statics and strength of materials as applied to basic structural and mechanical design problems. This course is available in the Winter Semester only.
Prerequisite: MATH 1540 (or MATH 1140), MATH 1640 (or MATH 1240), PHYS 1510, or permission from the chairperson
Corequisite: PHYS 1610
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program
ARET 3300
ARET 3300
Building Design (2,1,1)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course provides students with the basic tools and appreciation of building design, and involves studies of aesthetic principles and basic space planning. The term project consists of preliminary design drawings for a moderate-sized commercial, institutional or assembly type building. This project forms the basis for a more detailed partial set of working drawings to be developed in ARET 3310: Building Technology 2. This course is available in the Fall semester only.
Prerequisite: ARET 1100, ARET 1110, ARET 1300, or permission from the department chairperson
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Lab: ARET 3300L Required Seminar: ARET 3300S
ARET 3400
ARET 3400
Fluid Mechanics (4,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
Students analyze fluid mechanics including fluid statics, energy concepts in fluid dynamics, fluid flow in pipes, pump selection and open channel flow. The course includes an introduction to municipal service design. Hydrologic concepts are introduced and the rational method is applied to storm sewer design. This course is available in the Fall semester only.
Prerequisite: MATH 1540 (or MATH 1140), MATH 1640 (or MATH 1240), PHYS 1510, PHYS 1610, ARET 2600, or permission of the chairperson
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program
ARET 3500
ARET 3500
Building Services Theory (3,1,1)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
Students are offered the fundamentals of thermodynamics pertaining to building component assemblies, an analysis of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) heat transfer calculation methods, an analysis of the ASHRAE fenestration calculation process, and psychrometrics. The fundamentals of hydraulic and/or pneumatic system theory and design are also analyzed. Students demonstrate competency in heat transfer, fenestration, and psychrometric calculation processes as defined by ASHRAE. The course also provides opportunities for students to apply their knowledge of design procedures for developing a hydraulic system design and the creation of a hydraulic power drawing, while utilizing hydraulic engineering representation standards. This course is only available in the Fall Semester.
Prerequisite: ARET 1110, MATH 1540, PHYS 1610 or permission from the department chairperson
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Lab: ARET 3500L Required Seminar: ARET 3500S
ARET 3600
ARET 3600
Structural Analysis (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course offers instruction in structural loads and structural analysis, and includes a review of statics and strength of materials, load path, arches and cable structures. Students explore the concept of bending and shear stresses, solve statically indeterminate beams using both the method of consistent displacements and the three-moment equation, and analyze statically indeterminate frames using moment distribution. Students also learn Part 4 of the National Building Code of Canada. This course is available in the Fall semester only.
Prerequisite: MATH 1540 (or MATH 1140), MATH 1640 (or MATH 1240), PHYS 1510, PHYS 1610, ARET 2600, or permission from the department chairperson
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program
ARET 3620
ARET 3620
Wood Design (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course offers an analysis in the design and behaviour of wood structures. Students explore the design of timber trusses, purlins, beams, girders, pin-ended columns, beam-columns and bracing using sawn lumber, plywood, glulam and manufactured products. The course also includes a study of connection design using nails, bolts, lag screws and timber rivets. This course is offered in the Fall semester only.
Prerequisite: ARET 2600, MATH 1540 (or MATH 1140), MATH 1640 (or MATH 1240), PHYS 1510, PHYS 1610, or permission of the department chairperson
Corequisite: ARET 3600
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program
ARET 3310
ARET 3310
Building Technology 2 (3,2,1)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course is a continuation of ARET 3300 and advances students' knowledge of construction systems commonly used in multi-storey commercial, institutional or multi-residential buildings that are regulated under Parts 3 and 5 of the British Columbia Building Code. This course is available in the Winter semester only.
Prerequisite: ARET 1300, ARET 2300, ARET 3300, or permission of the department chairperson
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Lab: ARET 3310L Required Seminar: ARET 3310S
ARET 3510
ARET 3510
Building HVAC Design (4,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course builds on the acquired knowledge in ARET 3500 with a further analysis of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) building systems and system applications.Students explore the fundamentals of HVAC system components, including an investigation of the methods of the review and selection of HVAC equipment, and a detailed analysis of sizing ductwork and mechanical heating piping. In addition, students examine HVAC system representation utilizing current engineering practices in system drawing creation. Upon completion, students demonstrate competency in commercial building HVAC system design, equipment specification writing, control theory, and creation of a HVAC working drawing to engineering representation practices and standards. This course is only available in the Winter Semester.
Prerequisite: ARET 1100, ARET 1110, ARET 3400, ARET 3500 or permission of the department chairperson
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program Required Lab: ARET 3510L
ARET 3610
ARET 3610
Steel Design (4,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This is a design course with major emphasis on the design and behaviour of steel structures. Students explore the selection of open web steel joists, the design of structural steel trusses, purlins, beams, girders, girts, pin-ended columns, beam columns, bracing, the design of bolted connections, base plate design, and welded connections. This course is offered in the Winter semester only.
Prerequisite: ARET 3600 or permission of the department chairperson
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program
ARET 3630
ARET 3630
Reinforced Concrete Design (5,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
ADEE
This course instructs students in the design of reinforced concrete structures. Students explore the design of reinforced concrete beams, T-beams, columns, walls, footings, and retaining walls. Students also examine various methods of forming concrete beams, slabs, columns, walls, footings and detailing of reinforced concrete. This course is offered in the Winter semester only.
Prerequisite: ARET 3600 or permission of the department chairperson.
Note: This course is part of a limited enrolment program