Architectural Technologies

Diploma

Program Overview

Architectural technologists are involved at every stage of building design and construction, from blueprints to building codes and from interior design to space planning. It’s a great career for detail-oriented, visual thinkers who enjoy working in a technology-driven environment. You’ll be able to work in residential, commercial and institutional design and construction.

Architectural Technologies is a three-year diploma offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus. It includes five academic semesters and three four-month Co-operative Education work terms. The program offers two areas of concentration: Building Sciences and Interior Design. The first three semesters are common to both areas. You’ll focus on residential design and wood frame construction (National Building Code - Part 9), and build knowledge and skills in:

  • properties and function of construction materials
  • criteria and methods of building construction and design
  • preparation of construction documents
  • construction contract administration

In your fourth and fifth semesters, you’ll focus in on your chosen area. In Building Science, you’ll receive an introduction to commercial and institutional building construction with emphasis on construction detailing and methods, structural systems, environmental controls and the building envelope (National Building Code - Parts 3 and 4).

In Interior Design, you’ll receive an introduction to commercial and institutional interior construction with an emphasis on interior finishes, detailing and methods, space planning, lighting design and material selection (National Building Code - Parts 3 and 4).

Your co-operative work term counts as courses. You pay tuition and receive credit, but you also get paid. It’s a great way to gain valuable experience while earning a salary.

The Co-op Work Term Advantage

Co-operative work terms are paid, so you'll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; it's up to you to shine. It's also a chance to develop important "soft skills" in job interviewing, professional attitude, interpersonal communication and more.

Many of our co-op employers require both a valid Saskatchewan Driver's License and a clean Driver's Abstract. For international students, it can take up to 12 months to obtain a Driver's license; therefore, it is to your advantage to come with a Driver's License from your home country if possible.

Diploma to Degree

Use your Architectural Technologies diploma to ladder into the Bachelor of Construction Management or Bachelor of Applied Management right here at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. This diploma can also be used as a stepping stone to the Bachelor of Interior Design degree program at Yorkville University or the Bachelor of Technology degree program at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

Learning Environment

  • 42 students are accepted each year.
  • Students will experience studio and project work, lectures and co-operative work terms. 
  • Class hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Students are expected to complete 30-40 hours of homework each week outside of class time.
  • There are many group projects that require coordination.
  • It is very important that students take initiative and manage their work time effectively.
  • Students select their specialization after successfully completing the third semester

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in the building design construction industry. Many graduates are self-employed consultants in the home building industry while others work for architects, engineers, interior designers, home designers, facility managers, developers, contractors or construction specialty companies.

Do you need help deciding if these careers could be a good fit for you? Contact Career Counselling Services.

Do you already know this is the program you want to take but need more detailed information or help applying?  Connect with a Recruitment Advisor.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September


Length: 76 weeks

There are five academic semesters and three mandatory four-month paid Co-operative Education work terms. Semesters and co-op work term time patterns are listed in Courses below.

Locations

  • Moose Jaw

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: 

  • Minimum combined average of 70% in Math A30, B30, and C30

Alternative Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.



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  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 245 Advanced Algebra and Functions
  • 258 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 256 Reading
  • 250 Writing

Post-secondary

Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.

If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2021/22 Academic Year

Year 1 - $9,250
Year 2 - $11,505
Year 3 - $4,605

The program follows this academic and co-operative education schedule. Courses are outlined below by semester.
  Sept - Dec Jan - Apr May - Aug
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work term 1
Year 2 Semester 3 Work term 2  Semester 4
Year 3 Work term 3  Semester 5  

Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CNST 122
Building Construction: Wood Frame Residential 1
4
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You will learn the fundamentals of light wood frame construction designed using Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada. You will analyze the structural requirements of bungalows and bi-levels. You will also learn how to draw construction details using architectural drafting conventions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Corequisites(s): CODE 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CODE 100
Building Code: Part 9 Applications 1
2
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You will learn to interpret sections of Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). You will discuss typical construction materials and methods.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Corequisites(s): CNST 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DRFT 109
Architectural Drafting: Fundamental Techniques
3
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You will study the fundamentals of architectural drafting using manual techniques. You will be introduced to architectural drafting conventions while creating multi-view and single-view drawings.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DRFT 110
Architectural Drafting: Computer-Aided Techniques 1
2
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You will acquire fundamental skills required to operate AutoCAD. The course focuses on architectural applications of the software.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DSGN 121
Design Studio: Fundamentals
4
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You will learn fundamental graphic skills and graphic design concepts. You will learn how to apply these skills to graphic presentations and three-dimensional objects.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MATH 115
Calculus for Architectural Technologies
4
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You will gain knowledge of calculus topics applicable to architectural technology. You will study limits, differentiation and its applications, graphing with derivatives, and integration and its applications. This course is intended to further build problem solving and critical thinking skills, and to demonstrate the importance of calculus in engineering practice.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): CALC 281, MAT 111, MAT 220, MAT 222, MAT 246
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MGMT 228
Management Principles
3
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You will study human behaviour in organizations and develop the skills needed to deal with people at work. The course content includes individual behaviour, values, interpersonal relationships and communications, groups and team dynamics, organizational culture, leadership, and change. All topics are dealt with in the context of diverse formal organizations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 220, TCOM 227
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
TCOM 102
Workplace Communication
3
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You will examine the employability skills required in the workplace. You will discuss the communication process, and practice effective interpersonal communication techniques and conflict resolution. You will use workplace writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COM 160, COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 102CE, TCOM 120, TCOM 140, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 108
Contract Administration: Ethics, Law and Documents
2
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You will be introduced to the roles and responsibilities of people involved in construction projects, considering professional ethics, liability, safety and contractual responsibility. You will explore the basic principles of construction documentation as defined by Construction Specifications Canada Principles of Construction Documentation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 109
Contract Administration: Estimating with ProEst
1
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You will learn the fundamental procedures used to estimate costs of construction. You learn the skills required to prepare an estimate using ProEst.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNST 221
Building Construction: Residential Construction 2
4
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You will expand your knowledge of light wood frame construction designed using Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada. You will analyze the structural requirements of two-storey houses and develop the skills necessary to design and detail related construction assemblies.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 122, CODE 100
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CODE 101
Building Code: Part 9 Applications 2
2
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You will expand your ability to interpret sections of Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). You will gain proficiency in applying code concepts that impact the design and construction of houses.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): CODE 100
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DRFT 111
Architectural Drafting: Computer-Aided Techniques 2
2
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You will acquire fundamental skills required to operate Autodesk Revit. You will create a partial set of working drawings for a single-family residence using fundamental procedures in Revit. This course serves as an introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DRFT 220
Architectural Drafting: Residential Working Drawings 1
4
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You will learn to produce architectural drawings for single-storey residential construction projects. Using AutoCAD, you will create construction drawings based on the typical requirements for residential permit sets.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 122, CODE 100, DRFT 110
Corequisites(s): CNST 221, CODE 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DSGN 231
Design Studio: Residential
4
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You will learn the fundamentals of the design process. You will use that process to design a house and present your design in a professional format.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 121
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
SFTY 129
Safety Awareness
1
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You will learn to apply occupational health and safety regulations. You will be able to identify and describe personal protective equipment, fall protection, working environment hazards, and industrial health hazards.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): SFTY 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
STAT 200
Statistics for Technology
2
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You will gain knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques applicable to technologies. You will study descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, basic probability, the Central Limit Theorem, and linear regression. This course is intended to build problem solving and critical thinking skills, and to demonstrate the importance of statistics in professional practices.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
TCOM 103
Technical Communication
3
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You will use research skills to find technical information and cite it correctly. You will conduct effective meetings and produce supporting documents. As well, you will discuss technical report purposes and formats, write short technical reports and present technical information.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 102 or COM 170
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 181, COMM 190, TCOM 103CE, TCOM 106, TCOM 123, TCOM 141, TCOM 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Co-operative Work Term 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COOP 101
Co-operative Work Term
0
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Your co-operative education term will provide you with the opportunity to consolidate theoretical and practical concepts learned in the classroom and gain valuable experience in a work setting.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 640.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Coop Education Work Term, Prior Learning

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 211
Contract Administration: Construction Contracts and Regulations
2
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You will learn the fundamentals of construction contract administration. You will learn about the documents and procedures used to manage construction projects as defined by Construction Specifications Canada Construction Contract Administration.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 212
Contract Administration: Cost Management and Accounting
1
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You will learn the fundamental skills required to control costs within a construction project. You will also learn the basic principles of construction accounting.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
BLDG 220
Building Systems: Preliminary Design
4
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Your studies will focus on the integration of building engineering systems. You will be introduced to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design principles from the perspective of architectural coordination.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 221
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): BUSY 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNST 222
Building Construction: Commercial Fundamentals
4
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You will be introduced to materials and methods used in single-storey commercial construction. You will develop the skills necessary to design and detail basic commercial construction assemblies.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 221
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CODE 200
Building Code: Part 3 Applications 1
3
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You will evaluate buildings less than 600 m2 using Part 9 and Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). Your analysis of buildings will include classifications, fire restrictions and exit requirements.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 221, CODE 101
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DRFT 224
Architectural Drafting: Residential Working Drawings 2
4
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You will produce residential working drawings using Autodesk Revit, based on preliminary design data, manufacturers' literature and the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). Your focus will be on a custom-designed, two-storey house.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 221, CODE 101, DRFT 220, DRFT 111
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DSGN 232
Design Studio: Institutional
4
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You will use the design process to plan and design an institutional project that meets specialized client needs. You will present and critique your design in a professional setting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 231, DRFT 220
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PHYS 228
Physics: Light, Heat and Sound
3
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Your studies will focus on the fundamental principles of dynamics, light and illumination, electrical generation and distribution, heat production and transfer, fluid flow, vibration, waves and sound. The basic principles of physics in each of these areas will be studied in the context of building systems applications.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Co-operative Work Term 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COOP 201
Co-operative Work Term
0
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Your second co-operative education term will build on the experience gained during your first work placement and provide you with additional opportunities to develop skills and techniques related to your field of studies in a real work setting.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 640.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Coop Education Work Term, Prior Learning

Semester 4 (Building Sciences)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BLDG 222
Building Systems: Building Science
3
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You will examine the effects of heat, vapour, and air flow in building enclosures. You will also examine the effect of climate and weather on building enclosures. You will consider ways to successfully design building assemblies and connections using building science principles.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): BLDG 220, CNST 222
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNST 232
Building Construction: Commercial Buildings 1
4
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You will be introduced to materials and methods used in low-rise commercial construction. You will develop the skills necessary to design and detail commercial construction assemblies that integrate structural frames.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 222, CODE 200
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): CNST 223
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CODE 201
Building Code: Part 3 Applications 2
2
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You will continue to assess buildings using Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). You will appraise building safety requirements, including building fire safety, safety within floor areas, and exits. You will also interpret health and accessibility requirements.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 222, CODE 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DRFT 210
Architectural Drafting: Computer-Aided Techniques 3
1
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You will expand your skills using Revit for architectural application. You will use the software to create architectural drawings commonly found in commercial sets. This course allows you to practice your Building Information Modelling (BIM) skills.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
HIST 221
Architectural History: Context for Saskatchewan
3
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Your studies will focus on a survey of art, culture and architecture in indigenous, classical, medieval, renaissance and modern societies. You will gain an understanding of the relationship between architecture and social values, and the influence of early precedents on later design. You will also examine Saskatchewan's architectural heritage and analyze case studies in building preservation, restoration and rehabilitation.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): HIST 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PHYS 227
Physics: Statics and Strength of Materials
3
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You will investigate the physical properties of structural materials, including statics, moment of inertia and strength of materials. You will observe how engineers use these properties to select beams and columns from a table.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): SCAL 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
RENO 220
Architectural Drafting: Renovation Working Drawings
4
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As part of a team, you will create architectural drawings for a house renovation. You will also study construction systems of the past to inform your design and drafting decisions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 224, CODE 200
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 231, DRFT 252
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
SRVY 228
Surveying: Introduction to Survey and Building Layout
3
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You will receive an introduction to the basics of surveying. The course content includes horizontal measurements, levelling, angle and direction measurement, computations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 4 (Interior Design)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CNST 233
Building Construction: Commercial Interiors
3
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Your studies will focus on materials and construction methods used in commercial interior design. You will develop the skills necessary to design and detail interior construction assemblies. North American Architectural Woodwork Standards (NAAWS) will be examined as part of your studies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 222, CODE 200
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CODE 201
Building Code: Part 3 Applications 2
2
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You will continue to assess buildings using Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). You will appraise building safety requirements, including building fire safety, safety within floor areas, and exits. You will also interpret health and accessibility requirements.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 222, CODE 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DRFT 210
Architectural Drafting: Computer-Aided Techniques 3
1
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You will expand your skills using Revit for architectural application. You will use the software to create architectural drawings commonly found in commercial sets. This course allows you to practice your Building Information Modelling (BIM) skills.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DSGN 234
Design Studio: Commercial Mixed Occupancy 1
4
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You will develop the programme and concept for a commercial mixed-occupancy interior using a research-based approach. You will also visually communicate design ideas while advancing your presentation skills. You will use manual techniques and digital imaging software to enhance presentations, create graphic layouts and exploit multiple types of media.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 224, DSGN 232, CODE 200
Corequisites(s): CODE 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
HIST 221
Architectural History: Context for Saskatchewan
3
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Your studies will focus on a survey of art, culture and architecture in indigenous, classical, medieval, renaissance and modern societies. You will gain an understanding of the relationship between architecture and social values, and the influence of early precedents on later design. You will also examine Saskatchewan's architectural heritage and analyze case studies in building preservation, restoration and rehabilitation.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): HIST 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PHYS 227
Physics: Statics and Strength of Materials
3
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You will investigate the physical properties of structural materials, including statics, moment of inertia and strength of materials. You will observe how engineers use these properties to select beams and columns from a table.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): SCAL 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
RENO 222
Design Studio: Commercial Adaptive Re-use
4
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As part of a team, you will create architectural drawings to adapt an existing house into a commercial space. You will also study construction systems of the past to inform your design and drafting decisions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 224, CODE 200
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): DSGN 233
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
SRVY 228
Surveying: Introduction to Survey and Building Layout
3
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You will receive an introduction to the basics of surveying. The course content includes horizontal measurements, levelling, angle and direction measurement, computations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Co-operative Work Term 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COOP 301
Co-operative Work Term
0
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Your third co-operative education work term will round out the work term experience by adding related work knowledge through the application of theories and practices relevant to your field of studies.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 640.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Coop Education Work Term, Prior Learning

Semester 5 (Building Sciences)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 258
Project Management and Estimating
3
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You will be introduced to scheduling, estimating and control concepts within construction project management. You will practice your skills by using project management software and spreadsheets. The course focuses on all aspects of a project, from its initiation to its close out. You will use your skills to plan a construction project.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ADMN 105
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): MKTG 228
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
BLDG 221
Building Systems: Commercial Buildings
3
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You will explore the preliminary design and integration of building engineering systems commonly used in large buildings. You will examine mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) equipment requirements.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): BLDG 220
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): BUSY 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNST 224
Building Construction: Commercial Buildings 2
4
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You will be introduced to materials and methods used in multi-storey commercial construction. You will develop the skills necessary to design and detail commercial construction assemblies to withstand the stresses of building movement.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 232
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CODE 300
Building Code: Part 3 Applications 3
3
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You will assess specific construction scenarios by interpreting all relevant parts of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). You will focus on establishing construction criteria for Part 3 buildings, exploring more complex building types than in prerequisite courses. You will also discuss other parts of the code that impact architectural decision-making.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CODE 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DRFT 233
Architectural Drafting: Commercial Working Drawings
4
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You will produce a partial set of working drawings for a commercial building using Autodesk Revit. Your drawings will be based on preliminary design data, manufacturers' literature and the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 232, CODE 201, DRFT 210
Corequisites(s): CODE 300
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PROJ 228
Applied Research: Capstone Project
4
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You will use the technical problem-solving process, advanced research skills, and knowledge acquired in previous courses to complete an applied research project. You will present and defend your unique solution to an architectural design problem in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ADMN 104, ADMN 105, BLDG 220, CNST 222, CODE 201, DRFT 210, DSGN 232, TCOM 102, TCOM 103, (DRFT 233(concurrent) or DRFT 234(concurrent)), CODE 300(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
STRU 240
Building Construction: Structural Design
4
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You will learn how to do a preliminary design of timber and steel structures as used in commercial buildings, considering internal and external loads. Your studies will also include an introduction to concrete design.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): PHYS 227
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 5 (Interior Design)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 258
Project Management and Estimating
3
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You will be introduced to scheduling, estimating and control concepts within construction project management. You will practice your skills by using project management software and spreadsheets. The course focuses on all aspects of a project, from its initiation to its close out. You will use your skills to plan a construction project.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ADMN 105
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): MKTG 228
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
BLDG 250
Building Systems: Commercial Interiors
3
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You will explore the preliminary design and integration of building engineering systems that affect interior spaces in large buildings. You will examine lighting, electrical, signaling, fire suppression, way-finding, and integrated prefabricated systems requirements.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): BLDG 220
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CNST 234
Building Construction: Design Build Project
4
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You will explore the complexities of the design-build process by creating a piece of furniture. You will design, document, construct, and present your furniture piece. Upon completion of this project, you will evaluate the implementation of the design intentions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CNST 233
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CODE 300
Building Code: Part 3 Applications 3
3
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You will assess specific construction scenarios by interpreting all relevant parts of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). You will focus on establishing construction criteria for Part 3 buildings, exploring more complex building types than in prerequisite courses. You will also discuss other parts of the code that impact architectural decision-making.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CODE 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DRFT 234
Architectural Drafting: Commercial Working Drawings
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You will produce a partial set of working drawings for a commercial building using Autodesk Revit. Your drawings will be based on preliminary design, design data, manufacturers' literature and the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CODE 201, DRFT 210, DSGN 234
Corequisites(s): CODE 300, DSGN 235
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DSGN 235
Design Studio: Commercial Mixed Occupancy 2
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You will fully develop a final design proposal for a commercial mixed-occupancy interior, based on your preliminary design from DSGN 234. You will prepare and present the proposal in a professional setting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CODE 201, DSGN 234
Corequisites(s): DRFT 234
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PROJ 228
Applied Research: Capstone Project
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You will use the technical problem-solving process, advanced research skills, and knowledge acquired in previous courses to complete an applied research project. You will present and defend your unique solution to an architectural design problem in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ADMN 104, ADMN 105, BLDG 220, CNST 222, CODE 201, DRFT 210, DSGN 232, TCOM 102, TCOM 103, (DRFT 233(concurrent) or DRFT 234(concurrent)), CODE 300(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. 

See links below to get more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.


Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

potential transfer credit toward Bachelor and Master's degrees in interior design, architecture and construction management.
Graduates of this program may be eligible to receive 30 block credits and 3 credits each for ENGL 255, COMP 210, ARCH 200 and APST 230 for a total of 42 credit units toward a Bachelor of Science-Architecture Post Diploma.
Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer into Bachelor of Technology Degree with 39 credit hours (13 courses) to be completed, including a technical project and report
Graduates of this program (Interior Design specialization) may receive up to 84 transfer credits (2018 Sask Polytech curriculum) or up to 81 transfer credits (2016 Sask Polytech curriculum) in the Bachelor of Interior Design degree program.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

More about scholarships

Accreditation

American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) and Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC)

All Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs shall seek the highest level of accreditation or program approval available. Accreditation reviews will be undertaken by all eligible programs as required by accrediting bodies.  (Saskatchewan Polytechnic Policy #115)

The Architectural Technologies Program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) which includes both academic and construction industry members.  ACCE standards assure students and employers that program graduates are well prepared for successful careers in the construction industry. (ACCE Document 103A)

The Architectural Technologies Program is also accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) which ensures that the program meets the professional requirements for Technologists and Applied Sciences. Program graduates qualify for professional membership in the Technology Professionals Saskatchewan, a self-regulated profession. (SASTT Act of the Government of Saskatchewan)

The ACCE requires that all accredited institutions shall broadly and accurately publish the objectives of the degree program, admission requirements, degree program assessment measures employed, the information obtained through these assessment measures and actions taken as a result of the feedback, student achievement, the rate and types of employment of graduates, and any data supporting the qualitative claims made by the degree program. (Saskatchewan Polytechnic Policy #112)

To meet this requirement, the Architectural Technologies Program Advisory Committee has reviewed and approved the following material for publication. Saskatchewan Polytechnic requires each program to establish a Program Advisory Committee to provide advice, recommendations and guidance to assist in ensuring program quality, relevance and currency. (Saskatchewan Polytechnic Policy #112)

Program Objectives, Assessment and Quality Improvement Plan

Mission Statement

The Architectural Technologies program provides students with the highest quality preparation for employment and leadership in all aspects of Saskatchewan’s building design and construction industry.

Goals

We endeavour to become…

  • the school of first choice for premier high school graduates and highly motivated university transfers.
  • a program that challenges students to discover abilities and performance levels beyond their expectations.
  • industry’s first choice for hiring students and grads.

We endeavour to provide…

  • complete preparation to work in all aspects of residential design and construction.
  • a comprehensive general introduction to all aspects of design and construction for commercial building types.
  • the highest level of architectural drafting skills.
  • specialized knowledge in residential, commercial and institutional building code, construction detailing and project management.
  • leadership in sustainable construction practices.

Measurable Objectives

  • Program Design: documented learning outcomes validated by industry.
  • Student Evaluation: valid assessment of each student and learning outcome
  • Program Delivery: active learning on the part of students.
  • Student Intake: a full complement of new students each September.
  • Student Progression: a high rate of student retention each semester.
  • Learning Resources: a rich diversity of learning activities and resources.
  • Student Support: students are able to make informed and intelligent decisions.
  • Employment: full training-related co-op and graduate employment.
  • Industry Relations: program grads become successful employers.

Applicants and Program Capacity

Average number of applicants over the past five years: 90

Program capacity in first semester: 42

We recommend that prospective students apply in the fall of their final year of high school.  Please verify admission requirements with the registration office.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Procedures #115) has established procedures for both an annual review and a comprehensive review at 5 - 6 year intervals. Where a program is externally accredited, the external accreditation will be coordinated with the comprehensive review.

The Annual Review is a formative review based on quantitative statistical information including application trends, enrolment trends, equity, cohort advancement and graduation, student satisfaction and employment market trends.

As part of the comprehensive review, the Architectural Technologies program also considers qualitative information described in the programs' Mission, Goals and Objectives.  These include program design, student evaluation, program delivery, student intake, student progression, learning resources, student support, employment, and industry relations.

Progress toward program objectives is review annually by the Program Advisory Committee and renewed on the six year cycle with a wider ranging Curriculum Validation and Gap Analysis. (Saskatchewan Polytechnics Procedures #122, Paragraph 3.5).
Results of External Processes
  • The Architectural Technologies program is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). The most recent accreditation visit was in 2018 and the program is reaccrediting early in 2022.
  • The Architectural Technology program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The most recent site visit was in 2020 and the program was re-accredited until 2026.
  • The Architectural Technologies program has articulation agreements with Athabasca University (Architecture) and Yorkville University (Interior Design).
  • Graduates routinely receive transfer credit to the architectural degree program at Montana State University and the Syllabus Program of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada.

Results of Internal Processes
  • The Architectural Technologies program is subject to the same continuous internal reviews and program vitality studies as all other programs meeting or exceeding institutional requirements.
  • The Industry Advisory Committee, composed of graduated and industry representatives, meets and reviews the program annually, ensuring that the program meets industry expectation.
  • Student, graduate, and employer surveys are conducted biennially with favourable results.
  • The program received positive reviews at the most recent industry Curriculum Validation in March 2020.
  • The program met or exceeded prescribed objectives during the most recent Gap Analysis in April 2020.
ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 1. PROGRAM DESIGN
Information Obtained:  Some English-Second-Language (ESL) students have difficulty keeping up with lectures.
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) Will recommend to the dean that a bridging program be created to teach construction terminology to ESL students
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) Saskatchewan Polytechnic has created the position of Intercultural Services Language  Instructor to assist ESL students.
  • Actions Resulting: (2018) As Saskatchewan Polytechnic deals with this at the institute level, this matter is considered closed.
  • Actions Resulting: (2020) Some ESL students are taking partial loads in order to improve chances of success.

ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 2. STUDENT EVALUATION
Information Obtained:  Assessment documents have not been completed. This is useful for standardized marking, student information and succession planning.
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) All assessment documents will be completed as part of the new academic model.
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) Aligned with new academic model.  Syllabi, rubrics, and online gradebooks are being phased in and included as part of the learning management system (LMS).  Online gradebooks being phased in.
  • Actions Resulting: (2018) We continue to build the data-base on the LMS, which is now used to provide course information, rubrics and feedback to students.
  • Actions Resulting: (2019) LMS being used in some courses for submissions and interactive grading.
  • Actions Resulting: (2020) All instruction moved temporarily online as a response to the global COVID-19 pandemic response.  Extensive use of the LMS allows complete access to all course material for both faculty and students.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) All courses have been taught using LMS to provide documentation to students. Updates and improvements continue. Content withing archived courses remain available to faculty and students within the LMS.
Information Obtained:  Students not well informed about how they will be evaluated.

  • Actions Resulting: (2016) All syllabi now showing percentage breakdown of grades within one year.  Rubrics to be prepared for all assignments.
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) All syllabi now show percentage breakdown of grades. Rubrics and online gradebooks are being phased in and included on the learning management system (LMS).
  • Actions Resulting: (2018) LMS is now used to provide course information, rubrics and feedback to students.  Students have responded positively.
  • Actions Resulting: (2020) Within the LMS, standardized evaluation templates are used by all faculty, resulting in consistent information for students. The matter is now considered closed.

Information Obtained:  There is no mechanism for part-time students to pick up out-of-sequence courses.
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) Extension courses have been created to permit out-of-sequence instruction/evaluation.
  • Actions Resulting: (2018) This is an ongoing matter.  Certain courses may be made available as part of the Bachelor of Construction Management (BCM) degree program.
  • Actions Resulting: (2019) Ongoing.  Pending further development of BCM degree.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) Coordinating with the new School of Continuing Education has allowed students to enrol in non-program courses, which permits full-time study for students. The School of Continuing Education works directly with the program to create asynchronous offerings of program-based courses when required.

Information Obtained:  Instructors don't always provide timely feedback.

  • Actions Resulting: (2016) New rubrics and web-based assessment have improved both timeliness and quality.
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) Use more learner-to-learner feedback in classroom.
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) Increased formative feedback at intermediate stages.
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) Online grading has been fully developed for PROJ 228 and is being phased in for other courses.  For assignments, the goal will be to return marked work within five workingdays.  For large projects, timelines may be longer.
  • Actions Resulting: (2018)  Online grading has been extended to most courses.
  • Actions Resulting: (2019)  The situation is improved, but still working on this.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) By maximizing use of the learning management system, faculty have consistently provided timely feedback.  This matter is considered closed, but program will monitor.

Information Obtained:  Students perceive a shortage of computers.
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) More computers have been installed.
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) Instruction in computer lab has been reduced.  Computers now available during certain assigned tutorial Classes.
  • Information Obtained: (2017) Perceived shortage of computers persists but degree of concern has been reduced.
  • Actions Resulting: (2018) This matter is considered closed, but the situation is being monitored.
  • Update: (2021) Adoption of virtual desktop provides more flexibility, allowing students to access software remotely.
CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 3. PROGRAM DELIVERY

Information Obtained:  Course information is inconsistent
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) We now use a standard online learning management system (LMS) in all courses.
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) Staff and students have responded well to the LMS.
  • Actions Resulting; (2018) Information on the LMS is improved with each course offering.
  • Actions Resulting: (2019) Continue to develop LMS.
  • Actions Resulting: (2020) Information on LMS is more standardized.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) Students and faculty report that a fully integrated use of the LMS allows for easy access to all course information for anywhere in the world.
Information Obtained:  Part-time instructors do not provide consistent documentation.

  • Actions Resulting: (2016) New assessment documents, rubrics and learning management system (LMS) will be made available to part-time staff.
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) Adult Teaching and Learning training will be recommended for part-time staff.
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) Part-time faculty approved to take New Instructor Orientation training as offered by Instructional and Leadership Development (ILDC).
  • Actions Resulting: (2018) Part-time staff are adapting to the use of the LMS.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) Part-time staff use the same documentation process as full-time staff.  This matter is closed, though will be monitored.

Information Obtained:  With reduction in scheduled time, students now require small/quiet study and collaboration spaces, other than classrooms.

  • Actions Resulting: (2019) Will monitor situation.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) Students increasingly working from home, using online tools to connect with fellow students and faculty.  Will monitor need for breakout spaces.

Information Obtained:  Reduced peer-to-peer learning as a result of remote learning during the global pandemic response.

  • Actions Resulting: (2021) Program is actively creating opportunities for students to collaborated when learning.  Peer learning is considered a crucial part of an architectural education and a skill expected by employers.

CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 4. STUDENT INTAKES

Information Obtained: Students drop off waiting list.

  • Actions Resulting: (2016) Meet with accepted students 3 months prior to first semester.
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) Increase participation in high school career fairs.
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) Accept more students than program capacity.
  • Information Obtained: (2017) Program is full.  Wait list is longer.
  • Information Obtained: (2018) Students on wait list wait a full year rather than fill empty seats.
  • Actions Resulting: (2019) Working on improving waitlist management by contacting applicants earlier in process.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) Enrolment services works actively with the program to continuously enrol students up to the first week of classes.  All seats have been filled for two consecutive years.

CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 5. STUDENT PROGRESSION

Information Obtained:  Student workload is an issue.

  • Actions Resulting: All courses have been reviewed to remove redundant work.
  • Information Obtained: (2017) Fewer students consider workload an issue.
  • Actions Resulting: This matter is considered closed.  We are however monitoring effect institutional removal of supplemental policy.

Information Obtained:  Students are repeating first year, overload capacity.

  • Actions Resulting: (2020) Program worked with enrolment services to streamline enrolments of returning-to-complete students.  This did not address the capacity problem, but did improve program and student experience.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) More options for part-time progression in the program have been generated.  Collaboration with the School of Continuing Education, and Arts and Sciences have allowed students to take courses outside the program capacity, while still working towards diploma completion.  In program-specific courses, over-capacity enrolments continue to tax faculty resources.

Information Obtained:  Many student complete program, but do not graduate.
  • Information Obtained:  Many non-graduated, after successful co-op experience, find employment rather than returning to complete program.
  • Actions Resulting: (2019) We are considering developing online delivery.
  • Actions Resulting: (2020) All program courses are available through remote delivery during the pandemic response.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) Math and physics courses are offered through the newly formed School of Continuing Education.  The capstone course will be offered online to returning-to-complete students.

CUSTOMIZED ELEMENT 6. LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES

Information Obtained:  Lab and study space for unstructured time is limited.
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) Will try to provide more access to computers.
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) Instruction in computer lab has been reduced.  Computers now available during certain assigned tutorial classes.
  • Information Obtained: (2018) Perceived shortage of computers persists but degree of concern has been reduced.
  • Actions Resulting: (2018) New furniture has been ordered for computer lab.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) Implementation of a virtual desktop allows students to work on institutional network from anywhere in the world.

Information Obtained:  Purchased textbooks are not all "needed".
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) Will ask instructors to consider "recommended" texts and e-books.
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) Some instructors using customs textbooks from publisher.
  • Actions Resulting: (2018) Some material available online.  Will need to monitor situation.
  • Actions Resulting: (2019) Consider of e-book and customized texts.
  • Actions Resulting: (2020) Students working from home during pandemic response rely on texts more often.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) Including more open-source resources in course resources

SUPPORTIVE ELEMENT 7. STUDENT SUPPORT
Information Obtained:  Some students are unprepared for the workload and time commitment.
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) Mandatory classroom time has been reduced.  More personal tutorial time has been introduced.
  • Information Obtained: (2017) Fewer students consider workload an issue.
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) This matter is considered closed.
SUPPORTIVE ELEMENT 8: EMPLOYMENT

Information Obtained:  Several students have not found co-op employment.

  • Actions Resulting: (2019) Consideration of networking through alumni.
  • Information obtained: (2020) Despite unprecedented disruption of the construction industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, more architectural technologies students obtained co-op placements than students from similar programs at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) The Co-operative Education office secured enough job postings for all students to have opportunity to obtain co-op placement.  However, some students neglect to participate in the process, resulting in lack of placement.  The program and the co-op coordinator will attempt to decern if this lack of motivation is a result of pandemic-related stress or is an emerging issue.

SUPPORTIVE ELEMENT 9. INDUSTRY RELATIONS

Information Obtained:  Under-utilization of alumni as a resource.
  • Actions Resulting: (2016) Will try to develop social network.
  • Actions Resulting: (2017) Need to involve graduates in routine focus groups and fundraising for specific activities.
  • Actions Resulting: (2018) Alumni association is being formed.
  • Actions Resulting: (2019) 60th Anniversary event being planned.
  • Actions Resulting: (2020) Successful Anniversary event and several alumni social events took place.  Alumni participated in Curriculum Validation.
  • Actions Resulting: (2021) Alumni network is growing in province.  Live events are postponed until pandemic


Student Awards
Students in the Architectural Technologies program have recently won Academic Achievement and Centennial Merit awards for overall average as well as specific awards for achievement in individual courses.

The Saskatchewan Association of Architects, the Interior Designers Association of Saskatchewan, Construction Specifications Canada, and the Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians all offer student awards.

Skills Canada
The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country.

Every year, more than 500 young people from all regions of Canada come to SCNC to participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests.

Each year, the Architectural Technologies program sends a graduate to compete al the national competition.  Competing against the best representatives from all across Canada since 2000, Saskatchewan Polytechnic students have routinely earned a place on the podium.

Applied Research Awards
The Architectural Technologies program often participates in applied research with industry partners.  The Architectural Technologies program has won five awards from the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development fro a series of small projects including studies of a green roof, community gardens, 100-mile house and a project in Thailand which involved students travelling to Thailand to build a school using local-sustainable materials.

In addition, the program won a federal NSERC grant for study of energy consumption in commercial buildings.
Co-operative Employment Program
All students are required to work three paid work terms with local employers.  When a graduate seeks full-time permanent employment, they are looking for their fourth job, not their first.  Generally, students from this program find co-op employment.

During temporary economic downturns pertaining to resource prices, it sometimes takes longer to find employment.  Our students and graduated have an edge over those without formal construction education.

Typical co-op employment over three semesters.
  • Architectural firms (18)
  • Construction companies/Project Management (16)
  • Government facilities (10)
  • Engineering companies (4)
  • Other (9)
In Regina:  33 placements
In Saskatoon: 28 placements
Other locations: 14 placements

Graduate Employment
In recent years, all graduates seeking employment have been employed in the construction and design sectors.  Many return to a previous co-op employer.  Other seek new opportunities.  Some continue with their educations.

Graduates may be employed in design offices, by homebuilders, by heavy construction companies, by property managers, by governments, and by construction material suppliers.

Self-Employment
It is not unusual for a graduate with a few years' experience to open their own design or construction management firm, usually in the residential sector.

There is no better way to assess the program than to speak with former grads who now work in the construction industry.  Contact the program and you will be put in touch with several grads.
Aggregate data is available on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic web site.  Program specific data may be obtained from the dean's office.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic routinely surveys students, graduates and employers.  These are incorporated in the formal internal quality assessment process.  Following are the most recent (2018) survey results.  The next survey taken in 2020, will be published in 2021.

Employers (% satisfied with graduate skills)
Oral and written skills - 82%
Numerical skills and problem solving - 82%
Time management and adaptability - 94%
Work ethic and attention to detail - 94%
Attention to safety - 94%
Leadership and interpersonal skills - 94%
Technical knowledge and skills - 94%

Employers (% agreeing to following statement)
Satisfied with training - 94%
Satisfied with job performance - 100%
Would hire another graduate - 100%
Better than grads from other schools - 77%
Expect to hire another grad in next 3 years - 94%

Graduates (% level of satisfaction)
Instruction delivered - 100%
Educational experience - 100%
Program experience - 100 %
Relevance of training - 100%
Campus facilities - 81%
Student support services - 81%
Campus activities - 44%
Workplace skills - 100%
Employment opportunities - 94%
Improved earning potential - 81%

Current Students (% agreeing to following statement)

Overall, I am satisfied with my program - 83%
Overall, I am satisfied with my experience at Sask Polytech - 82%
I am satisfied with the facilities - 91%
The program includes Indigenous/intercultural components - 22%
The program incorporates online components - 95%
My program has contributed to my knowledge, skills, and personal development - 100%
My program emphasizes solving complex, real-world problems - 97%
My program emphasizes thinking critically - 97%
I have acquired work-related knowledge and skills - 94%
My program emphasizes working effectively with others - 94%
I have analyzed quantitative and/or qualitative information - 93%
I find my program to be academically challenging - 95%
The program incorporates a wide range of learning activities - 94%
Program materials are relevant - 92%
The pace of learning is manageable - 68%
There are supports for me to succeed academically - 96%
There are supports for my overall wellbeing - 82%
Instructors use examples or illustrations to explain course materials - 93%
Course work analyzes an idea, experience or line of reasoning by examining parts - 99%
Course work applies facts, theories or concepts to real world problems -99%
Course work emphasizes forming new ideas from various pieces of information - 96%
Course work emphasizes evaluating a point of view, decision, or information source - 94%
Course work emphasizes memorizing course material - 86%

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