Jun 29, 2022  
2021 - 2022 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2021 - 2022 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:  

This course is open to high school and post-secondary level students.

Catalog Description: 

AGR1285 - Agricultural Structures (3 hrs.) 

In this course students will be introduced to theory, basic knowledge, and skills necessary for construction and/or fabrication of agriculture structures. The course emphasis will include; safety, measure and measurement techniques, blueprint reading, layout, construction techniques, basic electricity, basic plumbing, masonry, and surveying.

Course Classification: 




Controlling Purpose: 

This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge regarding fundamentals of basic construction and assembly of agriculture structures and facilities.

Learner Outcomes: 

  • Knowledge of terminology and it meaning as related to Agriculture construction.  

  • Be able apply basic OSHA guidelines for compliance. 

  • Solve basic problems, apply basic technical knowledge, exhibit teamwork, preform basic mathematics, and apply critical thinking.  

  • Apply safety principles in a work environment to minimize hazards and prevent losses to productivity. 

  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in reading and understanding technical documents.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation: 

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Introduction to Basic Terminology, Tools, and Skills

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully apply and use basic terms, tools and skills as related to the industry.

  • Describe and utilize the basic tools and equipment used in agriculture construction. 

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of, define and use of related terminology in agriculture construction. 

  • Identify basic and utilize safety procedures. 

  • Describe basic layout and blueprints. 

  • Identify and use a variety of mathematical calculations used in Ag construction. 

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the use in schematics as it relates to construction.

UNIT 2: Introduction to Basic Electrical Applications

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to use basic electrical knowledge to both commercial and residential applications.   

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic electrical systems.  

  • Solve basic mathematical problems used in the electrical field. 

  • Display a basic technical knowledge of wiring and fuse boxes.  

  • Demonstrate and utilize critical thinking skills. 

  • Identify and use practical knowledge in the application of electricity.

UNIT 3: Introduction to Basic Plumbing

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to apply basic plumbing techniques. 

  • Demonstrate basic use of tools. 

  • Exhibit use of basic mathematic calculations.  

  • Demonstrate basic understanding of layout and design. 

  • Describe how the basics of plumbing works.

UNIT 4: Introduction to Masonry and Concrete

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully apply necessary skills to incorporate masonry and concrete application to a variety of applications on the construction site. 

  • Demonstrate the basic understanding of masonry and its functional usage in agricultural construction. 

  • Explain the basics of concrete and its use in Agriculture construction. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to pour and level concrete. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to construct cinder block walls.  

  • Describe the process used in making base materials.

UNIT 5: Introduction to Surveying

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully use and apply the basic skill necessary to survey an area.

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of mathematics in the surveying process. 

  • Describe and utilize the basic equipment used in surveying. 

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of slope and grades. 

  • Be able to identify and define basic terms used in the field. 

  • Demonstrate use of GPS systems in construction.

UNIT 6: Structural Construction

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully build an animal shelter with wood or metal.

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of and identify various types of building materials and usage. 

  • Exhibit a knowledge of basic rigging setups. 

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of various woods and metals, its grade, makings and its usage. 

  • Describe how to safely use rigging systems. 

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of inspection and safety precautions associated with building materials. 

  • Identify and explain the reason for the use of selected materials used in construction.  

  • Describe proper storing and handling of building materials. 

  • Calculate using industry-standard methods, type and quantities of materials needed for construction projects. 

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of and usage of fasteners, anchors, and adhesives used in construction. 

  • Identify the different types of framing systems and materials. 

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of, define and use of proper related terminology. 

  • Identify basic tools used in framing and construction of Agriculture facilities. 

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of reading and interpreting prints and drawings and an understanding of each specification. 

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of procedures used for layouts of different systems. 

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of and identify the components of a wall and ceiling layouts. 

  • Describe and identify the procedures for laying out and assembling wood frame walls, metal frame walls, plates, corner posts, door and window openings, partition Ts, firespots and exterior walls.  

  • Identify and use the common materials used for sheathing on walls. 

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of layout, assembling, erecting and bracing for exterior walls when framing a building. 

  • Describe wall framing techniques used in masonry construction. 

  • Identify and explain the use of metal studs in wall framing. 

  • Describe proper procedures for laying out ceiling joists. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to cut and install ceiling joists on wood or metal frame buildings. 

  • Estimate and calculate the materials required to frame walls and ceilings for a project. 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of construction drawing and blueprint symbols, terms, abbreviations and components as it relates to roofing systems. 

  • Identify the different types of roof framing systems. 

  • Identify selected electrical, mechanical, and plumbing symbols used on plans as it relates to roofing systems.   

  • Explain and calculate roof load and the use of span data, girder/beam size, rafters, types of joints, size of joints, types of gables and hip used in roofs. 

  • List and explain different types of roofing materials. 

  • Frame a gable roof with vent openings. 

  • Explain and demonstrate a roof frame opening. 

  • Demonstrate the ability to; layout and construct a roof assembly. 

  • Erect a gable roof using trusses. 

  • Estimate the materials used in framing and sheathing a roof. 

  • Determine the type and amount of materials need for siding the building.

Projects Required: 

as assigned. 


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy: 

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size: 

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame: 

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct 

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades 

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program:   

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.