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FIRE 1090

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Special Topics In Fire Management
Prerequisite(s) NONE
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
Topics or areas of professional interest within the fire management field will be explored. These offerings will vary from semester to semester, depending upon the needs of the students and the community, along with future development of the program.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate effective communication skills based on a paper covering the special topic.
2. Complete a presentation using oral communications describing concepts of the special topic.
3. Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze and question related fire management issues.
4. Define terms, and exhibit a basic familiarity with special fire topics.

General Education Outcomes

I.     This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communication through listening, reading, writing and speaking.
1. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the text and handout materials. Students are required to collect and summarize articles from fire industry periodical sources.
2. Students develop their listening skills through lecture and small group problem solving. Lecture material is presented that is not included in the text or handout material and is included as part of the exams or tests.
3. Students develop their reading and writing skills through the use of problems and activities developed specifically to enhance their understanding of certain fire management principles. Students provide written or oral solutions to these problems in both individual and group format. They must also complete short-answer type questions on course exams.
II.    This course addresses the general education outcomes of mathematical concept usage and applies the scientific method as follows:

4. Students must apply mathematical concepts in the solution of problems designed to calculate coverage of sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems and fixed vent-a-hood systems. Square footage, travel distance and hydraulic calculations will be in fire engineer classes. Fire Department policies and procedures will cover math concepts in figuring man-hours, benefits and response times.
5. Students apply the scientific method in basic fire science concepts that explain the prevention and extinguishment of fires.

III.     This course addresses the general education outcome relating to identifying and evaluating fire suppression methods as well as fire supervisory techniques in the fire industry.

Course Content
Topics and areas of discussion will vary from semester to semester.
I. Fire Protection Systems (see attached course content)
II. Fire Department Policies and Procedures
III. The Role of the Fire Protection Engineer/Specialist in the Fire Service

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
1. Course Grade
The course grade will be determined by the individual instructor (under the guidelines of the division) using a variety of methods such as quizzes homework, group projects and exams. Graded activities are designed to measure students' abilities to use higher order thinking skills in their understanding and applying of management concepts. A comprehensive final exam is required. This exam must count for no more than 25% of the course grade.
2. Departnental Assessment
FIRE 1090 is assessed every 5 years in the fall. The committee will develop a time-line to monitor the assessment process during the five-year cycle to ensure that assessment activities are occurring in order to have sufficient data to undertake a formal assessment at the end of the cycle. Assessment will consist of:
a. An attitudinal survey addressing students' career and professional goals and perceptions of the quality and usefulness of the course.
b. A set of objective test items keyed to expected learning outcomes.
c. A pilot administration for the objective assessment instrument. The results of the pilot assessment will be used to determine how well the test items are functioning in terms of discrimination, difficulty, and test reliability. The information obtained from item analysis will be used to eliminate or rewrite test items not functioning properly.
d. The revised assessment instrument will be administered during the assessment cycle at a time established by the committee.
3. Use of Assessment Findings
The FIRE 1090 Assessment Committee will analyze the results of both the pilot testing and the formal assessment data as well as the attitudinal survey. The committee will use assessment results to determine the effectiveness of the course by seeking answers to the following questions:
a. Are students performing at a pre-determined minimal level of performance on:
1. The course as a whole?
2. on individual learning outcomes?
b. Which learning outcomes are students' performance acceptable or above average?
c. Which learning outcomes are students' performance below minimal level of performance?
d. What factors are contributing to student performance on those learning outcomes below minimal level of performance?
e. What changes or modifications in course content or instructional strategies are needed to help improve student performance on learning outcomes below minimal level of performance?
Description for Fire Protection Systems:
A review of fire detection and protection systems including: Automatic Sprinkler Systems, Portable Fire Extinguishers, Restaurant/Kitchen systems, Special Hazard Systems, Detection Systems, and Control Systems. The Applicable Laws, Codes and Standards will be introduced along with regulatory and support agencies.
National Standards Met:
NFPA 1021, Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 1992 edition 3-11.3, 3-11.5, 3-11.6, 3-11.7, 3-11.8
Required Text Book:
Fire Protection Handbook, 18th Edition, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA, 1997
ISBN: 0-87765-377-1
A student will be dropped from the rolls when his/her absences exceed 10% of the total class hours. Three tardies will be treated as one absence.
Grading Policy:

Project.............................................................. 20 %
Research Paper 20 %
Midterm exam...................................................20 %
Final Exam 20 %
Class Participation 20 %
Course Content
Course Introduction
Fire Behavior Review
Theory of Fire Extinguishment
Fire Extinguishing Agents
Water and Additives
Carbon Dioxide
Halogenated Agents
Halon Alternatives
Dry Chemical Agents
Combustible Metal Agents
Extinguishers -- engineered Systems
Restaurant Hood Systems
Carbon Dioxide Systems
Halon Systems
Dry Chemical Systems
Automatic Sprinkler Systems
Automatic Sprinklers
Water Supplies for Sprinkler Systems
Theory of Automatic Sprinkler Performance
Fast Response Sprinkler Technology
Residential Sprinkler Systems
Water Spray Protection Ultra High Speed Suppression
Water Mist Fire Suppression
Fire Pumps
Stand Pipe and Hose Systems
Care and Maintenance of Water Based Extinguishing Systems
Inspection and Testing of Water Based
Fire Protection Systems
Fire Department Operations in
Sprinklered Buildings
Detection and Alarm Systems Review - NFPA 72
Protective Signaling Systems
Automatic Fire Detectors
Notification Appliances
Fire Alarm System Interfaces
Household Warning Systems
Fire Alarm Systems Inspection and Testing
Field Trip
Active Fire Confinement Systems
Protection of Openings
Venting Practices
Building Services
Air Moving Equipment
Presentations of Research
Presentations of Research

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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