Courses of Study: Human Services

Human Services, Grade 9 - 12, Housing, 2009

1.) Describe housing needs of individuals and families across the life span.

2.) Compare factors that influence the options and selection of housing.

Examples: needs and wants, location, safety and security, energy efficiency, aesthetic preference, mobility, maintenance, zoning laws, trends, cost, income, architectural styles, floor plan

3.) Determine procedures for acquiring housing, including interpreting legal agreements in real estate transactions, analyzing financing options, and comparing advantages and disadvantages of renting and owning a home.

4.) Interpret building construction terms, local codes, and symbols used in the planning and construction of housing.

5.) Identify architectural styles of houses throughout history.

6.) Determine ways remodeling and renovating can meet the housing needs of individuals and families.

7.) Design floor plans to meet individual and family needs across the life span.

8.) Evaluate the benefits of a well-designed landscape when planning a home.

9.) Apply elements and principles of design when making decisions about the exterior and interior of the home, including use of the color wheel.

10.) Compare factors that affect furniture and equipment design and selection.

Examples: lifestyle, status, cost, maintenance, durability, suitability, special needs

11.) Critique the quality of furniture and equipment based on price, material, workmanship, construction details, and style.

12.) Evaluate background treatments for the interior of the home, including basic textiles, floor and wall coverings, window styles and treatments, and various forms of lighting.

13.) Describe home maintenance techniques and benefits of each.

14.) Create a safety plan for the home, including proper insurance coverage.

15.) Analyze techniques to organize space in the home.

16.) Demonstrate simple home repairs.

Examples: simple plumbing, caulking

17.) Describe environmental and ecological issues relating to housing decisions.

Examples: hybrid construction materials, energy saving, retro-fitting, co-housing, interior air quality

18.) Critique aspects of a well-designed house, including elements of a functional kitchen, bath, and home office.

Examples: cabinet layout, countertops

•  Interpreting drawings and computer-aided design
•  Explaining technological advances in home designs
Examples: thermal and moisture protection, energy efficiency

•  Identifying ecological advances in home design
19.) Assess ways technology impacts organizing and maintaining the home.

20.) Analyze career options related to housing and interior design.