This course introduces students to the fields of architecture, interior design, construction and related disciplines. Students learn basic terminology, and documentation standards and techniques. Significant factors influencing design and construction are explored, including historical precedents and design theory, interrelationships between working professionals, the financing of projects, ethical and social concerns, and physical and legal constraints. Selected current topics, such as sustainability, modular design and computer interface are discussed. This overview course provides students with a broad understanding of the design and construction fields. Students will learn contemporary methods for accessing and processing information about the design professions.