North Orange County ROP at Valencia High School

Curriculum2016-17 School Year

Welcome to the BITA program! This career technical education (CTE) class teaches skills and qualities needed to succeed in the home and commercial construction field. I will be using a variety of instructional methods including projects, group activities, lecture and discussion that integrate both Common Core academic and CTE standards.

In this course, students will learn skills needed for residential carpentry construction. Focus is on the logical progression of the home-building process, from framing to finish. The course includes safety, use of tools, materials, design codes, blueprint reading, and material estimating.

As part of instruction, this course reinforces skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics and requires their application in workplace situations. Integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include communication, ethics, interpersonal/team skills, critical thinking and problem solving, safety, technology, and other employment skills. Students are given opportunities to demonstrate personal qualities, including responsibility, self-confidence, and self-management.

Students’ grades are based on classroom participation, projects and assessments. All assignments are based on competencies related to skills needed for success in the workplace. Grades are based on the following scale:

A100% - 90%=Very successful

B89% - 80%=Successful

C79% -70%=Somewhat successful

D69% - 60%=Not yet successful

F59% - below =Redirect


25% Participation

25% Assignments


25% Projects

Instructional Unit
Materials: Nails, Fasteners, Adhesives
  • Distinguish different types of nails and their uses.
  • Distinguish different types of screws and their uses.
  • Identify staples and their uses.
  • Identify anchors and their uses.
  • Distinguish types of adhesives and their appropriate and safe use.

Materials: Wood
  • Identify soft woods and their characteristics.
  • Identify hard woods and their characteristics.
  • Identify engineered wood products and other alternatives and understand their uses.
  • Recognize imperfections in wood and describe their effects.
  • Distinguish grades of woods.
  • Correctly read grading stamps on wood.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of treating wood.
  • Describe the causes and effects of shrinkage.
  • Understand the manufacturing and grading of plywood.
  • Demonstrate proper care and handling of wood on job sites.
  • Estimate material costs.

Hand Tools
  • Demonstrate the correct and safe use of measuring instruments, including measuring tapes, levels, and squares, and architect’s scale.
  • Identify, correctly and safely use, and care for the following hand tools
  • Hammers
  • Bars
  • Wrenches
  • Saws
  • Clamps
  • miter box
  • motorized miter box
  • chalk line
  • plumb bob
  • screwdrivers
  • pliers
  • drill bits
  • chisels
  • planes

Stationary and Portable Power Tools
  • Understand the special safety precautions necessary in using power tools.
  • Identify, correctly and safely use, and care for the following power tools:
  • portable power saw
  • portable electric drill
  • reciprocating saw
  • portable power plane
  • portable power sander
  • portable router
  • stationary radial arm saw
  • stationary table saw
  • stationary drill press
  • stationary sanders
  • stationary band saws
  • stationary shapers
  • stationary motorized miter box saws
  • pneumatic nailer
  • pneumatic stapler
  • biscuit joiner (elliptical joining plates)

Introduction to Project Management
  • Interpret and apply information from technical drawings, schedules, and specifications used in the construction trades. (D3.0)
  • Interpret and use residential construction documents and specifications.
  • Understand how to estimate materials from prints and specifications.
  • Understand the sequencing of events for specific construction projects.
  • Understand customer service/relations as applied to project management and wholesale and retail sales.
  • Understanding the role of Quality Control in Project Management.

Introduction to Framing
  • Demonstrate carpentry techniques for the construction of a single-family residence. (D6.0)
  • Use framing terminology correctly.
  • Understand the importance of careful and correct framing.
  • Understand structural design concepts.

Floor Framing
  • Distinguish different framing systems, including engineered wood, timber, and steel.
  • Describe sill construction.
  • Describe center beam and post support systems.
  • Understand the selection, notching, and drilling of floor joists.
  • Distinguish bridging types.
  • Understand and demonstrate steps in floor construction, including sill joists, bridgings, and openings.
  • Describe/demonstrate the application and installation of sub-flooring.
  • Demonstrate the use of mechanical connectors.
  • Identify materials needed and estimate costs for a job.
  • Understand structural design concepts.

Wall Framing
  • Distinguish types of house framing.
  • Identify causes and effects of wood shrinkage.
  • Describe the process for sill construction.
  • Define exterior walls and describe the process for their construction.
  • Define interior walls and describe the process for their construction.
  • Frame a basic wall and shear wall.
  • Explain the use and construction of corner posts.
  • Explain how to create window openings.
  • Explain the use and raising of partitions.
  • Explain the uses of bracing.
  • Understand the importance of fire stops.
  • Lay out walls, studs, anchor bolts, corner posts, headers, cripples, and frames.
  • Lay out doors, window frames, fireblocks, and diagonal braces.
  • Raise a brace and plumb wall.
  • Install insulation.
  • Estimate time and material costs.
  • Understand structural design concepts.

Basic Stair Construction
  • Identify stair components.
  • Lay out a stair stringer with applicable squares.
  • Cut and install stringers, treads, and risers.
  • Understand structural design concepts.

Roof and Ceiling Framing
  • Calculate, cut, and install rafters.
  • Read rafter tables.
  • Put in gable studs.
  • Frame a gable.
  • Construct collar ties.
  • Construct purlins.
  • Install roof sheeting.
  • Understand structural design concepts.
  • Distinguish and install trusses.
  • Estimate time and material costs.

  • Identify various roof coverings, including roll, wood and composite shingles, clay and concrete tiles, as well as various metal roofing materials.
  • Interpret roofing plans, elevation, section and detail drawings.
  • Understand and use roof materials schedules.
  • Identify typical sheet metal shapes used in residential roofing applications.
  • Calculate material needs by the square as well as linear footage.
  • Identify the tools specific to roofing trade, and select appropriate tool for materials at hand.
  • Understand roof-specific terminology.
  • Demonstrate the application of an asphalt-comp shingle roof.
  • Demonstrate the application of a concrete and clay tile roofs.

Site Preparation
  • Plot a plan.
  • Set up and use both optical builder’s and laser levels.
  • Lay out a simple building.
  • Know how to handle concrete.
  • Know how to form concrete.
  • Know how to finish concrete.
  • Understand water run-off regulations associated with the use of concrete and other building materials, and know how to use correctly dispose of concrete.
  • Identify, use correctly, and care for tools and equipment.
  • Understand foundation design concepts.
  • Understand Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.

  • Identify and explain installation of switches, ceiling, and appliance outlet boxes.
  • Identify and explain installation of cable.
  • Explain secure grounding.
  • Understand electrical design concepts.
  • Understand and identify components of a residential photovoltaic system.
  • Explain the importance of energy conservation
  • Demonstrate proper conduit bending technique.

Retrofitting and Use of Connectors
  • Understand the use of mudsill connections.
  • Understand how to use retrofit foundations connectors.
  • Understand how to install and use foundation-to-stud connections.
  • Identify foundation-to-stud and rim joist connectors.
  • Build shearwall
  • Identify metal-connecting products.
  • Understand the purpose of continuous load path from house foundation to the rafters.
  • Understand how to properly use framing anchors, straps and hold-downs.
  • Understand the proper use of adhesive for retrofit anchors.

Teacher’s name: Roy Morrison

Contact info: email:

Valencia High schoolRoom 802

As a student, or parent/guardian of a student in BITA Level 2, it is vital that you understand that safety is of the utmost importance in this class. If you (your student) fail(s) to follow the safety guidelines as instructed, serious injury to yourself (your student) or someone else may result. Such actions or behavior can/will result in your (your student’s) immediate removal from the class.


I have read all of the above information pertaining to BITA 1, and understand and acknowledge the scope and requirements for this class.



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