• Renovations and Remodeling

    Course Syllabus



    St. Helens High School


    Course:                                   Renovations and Remodeling

    Prerequisites:                         Woodworking 17006 – C or above

                                                    Building Construction 17049 – B or above

    Articulated PCC course:      BCT 211. Remodeling. 6 Credits.

    Course Periods:                     3rd – 4th  

    Course /office location:         Offsite / Building D Room 64

    Course Duration:                  Full year  – (175 days X 50 min X 2 Periods)

    Instructor:                              Joe Mauck                            

    Office hours:                          8:00am to 3:30pm

    Office phone:                         (503) 366-7416

    E-Mail            :                                   joem@sthelens.k12.or.us


    Course Description

    The R&R program enables high school construction students to restore and remodel foreclosed or dilapidated houses, thereby gaining invaluable training in an abundance of career fields.  The students would be involved in (but not limited to) the market analysis, the rationale of a house selection (largest return on investment - ROI), the purchasing, the work itself, and ongoing maintenance until the time of sale.  Students will be transported to and from the jobsite during double period classes and work alongside local contractors while performing all other work that does not require a license.  Requires instructor approval.

    BCT 211. Remodeling. 6 Credits.

    Presents residential remodeling construction strategies and processes commonly encountered by remodelers. Covers obtaining building permits, as well as hands-on remodeling projects involving (but not limited to) framing, concrete, interior and exterior finish, and basic electrical, plumbing and mechanical ventilation. Prerequisites: BCT 102, BCT 104 and BCT 106 or instructor approval.

    Required Equipment and Supplies

    1. Pencil (every day)
    2. Proper work clothing (no high heels, sandals, etc)
    3. Safety glasses
    4. Measuring tape



    At the end of the quarter the instructor will assign students a letter grade based on the following criteria:


    A =  90% to 100%                  B =  80% to 89%         C =  70% to 79%                                             D =  60% to 69%                            F =    0% to 59%

    The instructor will calculate your grade by expressing your total accumulated points at the end of the term as a percentage of the possible points. It will be a letter grade based on the following:

    1. Daily formative assessment—100% of your grade (10pt/day)

    An understanding of good work ethic and what is required for participation can be found in the handout labeled “Good Work Ethic.” Students must have an approved project while at the jobsite at all times.

    1. Assignments—included in daily assessment
      Assignments will be given as lessons are encountered in the remodeling process.

    Daily participation/formative assessment points breakdown:

                10 pts… On time, 100% on task, completes clean-up work, safe

    5 pts… A combination or one of the following: Tardy, not always on task, no clean-up, unsafe, disrespectful, etc.

                0 pts… Absent, cutting class, defiant, unsafe, vandalism, etc.

    Students will have the option to make up points because of missed class or some of the issues above.  Although this is not applicable in a real-life scenario, we believe that students should have the opportunity at this level to correct their mistakes and learn about consequences early.  Below are actions that students can perform to gain points back towards their grade.

    1. Apply themselves diligently to work (Instructor appointed or on their own) during their own time; i.e. lunch, AAP, T.A., or during a free period. 20 minutes will count as 10 points (one day missed).
    2. Gaining extra points throughout their regular period by working bell to bell and performing acts of leadership and recognized responsibility.


    Student must maintain a “B” grade and follow safety procedures at all times to remain in the program.  Students whose grade falls below a “B” or act unsafely will be put on a plan of assistance for a period of up to two weeks.  Failure to complete the plan of assistance will result in removal from the program.


    PCC Grading guidelines:

    Letter Grades (A-F) or Pass/No Pass (P/NP)

    For specific information related to PCC grading guidelines, please refer to the PCC Dual Credit Student Handbook accessible through your high school instructor and located at: http://www.pcc.edu/prepare/head-start/dual-credit/documents/student-handbook.pdf.


    Attendance and Make-up Policy:

    Attendance is mandatory and missed work must be made up on the students own time during office hours.
    Student Conduct:

    PCC: www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/student-rights.pdf#code-of-student-conduct
    PCC Academic Integrity Policy: www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/documents/academic-integrity.pdf

    Title IX Non-Discrimination Statement:

    The high school is responsible for providing access, accommodations, flexibility, and additional/ supplemental services for special populations and protected classes of students.


    Portland Community College is committed to creating and fostering a learning and working environment based upon open communication and mutual respect. If you believe you have encountered sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability on a PCC campus, please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at (971) 722-5840 or equity.inclusion@pcc.edu.


    The instructor reserves the right to modify course content and/or substitute assignments and learning activities in response to institutional, weather or class situations.

    Flexibility Statement: The instructor reserves the right to modify course content and/or substitute assignments and learning activities in response to institutional, weather or class situations.


    Academic Integrity Statement: Dishonest activities such as cheating on exams and submitting or copying work done by others will result in disciplinary actions including but not limited to receiving a failing grade.


    Instructional ADA Statement:

    Dual Credit Students

    Federal law requires that high schools provide disability services for students with a documented disability (through either an IEP for 504 accommodation plan), including those students who are taking Dual Credit classes at their high school location.

    On-campus students

    Students who experience disability related barriers in courses taught on PCC campuses should contact PCC Disability Services at http://www.pcc.edu/resources/disability/. If students elect to use approved academic adjustments, they must provide in advance formal notification from Disability Services to the instructor.
    PCC website at www.pcc.edu and the PCC Dual Credit website at www.pcc.edu/dualcredit

    In alignment with State and National standards, this course provides representation and assessment in the following areas:




    Common Career Technical Core Standards (CCTC) Numbers: AC-CST (1 – 9)


    CCTC Curriculum Template:


    Oregon Skill Sets Carpentry Focus area: COZ01.01 – COZ10.02


    Oregon Skill Sets Carpentry Focus area: COPF10.01 - COPF10.18



    Class Schedule and Topics

    Lessons and assignments will fall under the following topics, but timeline will be dependent on correlation of progression that is made on remodeling each individual house. 



                Attendance – job orientated

                Work ethic

    Plan of assistance - 'cc to Mr. Hernley / parent
    Doing a job you don't want to do

                Dropped from the class


    Customer relations and etiquette
    Elevator speech for visitors / glasses

    Following directions / asking questions

    Student business management

                Work orders

                Purchase orders

                Tool Management





                Do it yourself vs time value of money

                Renting vs owning

    Budget / Budgeting

    Contractors and subs

                Liability and licensing/bonding

    Permits and inspections / code

    Land use

    Real Estate

                Market analysis




                Home Inspections

                Property Management

    Curb appeal


                Visual appeal


    House cost breakdown

    Where value is in a house







    Gutting and demolition



                Value added



                            Completion notice recorded

                            Need/not need


                            Lead paint




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