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FSMT287 - Fire Protection in Building Construction

Course Details

Course Code: FSMT287 Course ID: 2926 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study in building construction components that relate to fire and life safety, to include a major focus on firefighter safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, pre-planning fire operations, and operating in emergencies. The student can expect to demonstrate an understanding of building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, and firefighting strategy and tactics; classify major types of building construction; analyze the hazards and tactical considerations associated with the various types of building construction; explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships; identify the principle structural components of buildings and demonstrate an understanding of each function; differentiate between fire resistance and flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each; classify occupancy designations of the building code; and identify the indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighting safety.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to
CO-1: Understand why building construction, using proper building construction terminology and preplanning are important for fire ground safety.
CO-2: Identify the variety of forces buildings are subjected to, the different types of loads and how they are applied to buildings, structural members such as columns, beams and walls, and the variety of structural connections and how they behave in a fire.
CO-3: Identify and describe basis regulations that apply to building construction projects, the roles of building construction and design teams, the hazards to firefighters during the construction, renovation and demolition of a building, and the different types of materials used in the construction of buildings.
CO-4: Explain the history and basis for building codes and the differences between fire and building codes as well as identifying other construction codes and standards and important fire protection features in building codes.
CO-5: Understand the basic concepts of fire protection and building construction, the basics of fire behavior, including fire spread, the ways in which smoke and fire containment is achieved and the various types of fire protection systems.
CO-6: Identify and describe six types of wood frame structures classified as Type V construction, the differences between balloon frame and platform frame, trusses, fire- stopping and draft-stopping, fire behavior when engineered and manufactured woods are involved and the types of wood siding and roofing materials.
CO-7: Identify and describe the differences between mill and heavy timber (Type IV construction), slow-burning, and the hazards of vacant heavy timber buildings and structures under demolition.
CO-8: Understand the details of ordinary construction and how fire spreads through void spaces of ordinary construction as well as recognizing collapse indicators and how masonry walls act as fire barriers.
CO-9: Understand the differences between noncombustible and fire-resistive construction and identify the different types of steel building components, their characteristics and the hazards associated with each.
CO-10: Describe different types of concrete structural systems, the methods of fireproofing steel and ensuring a level fire resistance in concrete as well as how compartmentation works to prevent the spread of fire.
CO-11: Explain the unique design and construction details found in buildings based on occupancy type, how occupancy specific building code requirements dictate particular safety features and how occupancy specific affect firefighting operations.
CO-12: Explain the various types of collapse, the specific basic competencies all fire fighters should have to perform at a structural collapse and apply risk analysis to fire-ground safety.

Grades for this course will be based upon five grading instruments:
1. Final Project Approval: You must submit your intended topic for your Final Project to the assignment page.
2. Discussion Forums: There are nine discussion forums in the course which can be accessed through the Forums link. Each student will post an initial response to the question and respond to at least two other student’s posts.
3. Essays: There will be three essays based on the readings from this course.
4. Exams: There will be four exams over the next eight weeks. Each exam will consist of multiple choice and essay style questions.

  • Exam 1: Chapters 1 – 2 – 3 – 5
  • Exam 2: Chapters 4 – 6 – 7 – 8
  • Exam 3: Chapters 9 – 10 – 11
  • Exam 4: Chapters 12 – 13 – 14

5. Final Project: A four page report based on an inspection and pre-plan of a building in your area. I have provided all of the necessary information in the Resources folder for this assignment. I have also posted a quick link for this assignment in the Final Project Approval assignment box.
All due dates are found in the Course Outline below.
All graded items for this course will be based on a 100 point grading scale.

NameGrade %
Exams 36.00 %
Exam 1: Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 5 9.00 %
Exam 2: Chapters 9, 10, and 11 9.00 %
Exam 3: Chapters 12, 13, and 14 9.00 %
Exam 2: Chapters 4, 6, 7, and 8 9.00 %
Final Project Approval 1.00 %
Week 1 - Final Project Approval 1.00 %
Forums 32.00 %
Introductions 3.56 %
Week 1 - Forum 1 3.56 %
Week 2 - Forum 2 3.56 %
Week 3 - Forum 3 3.56 %
Week 4 - Forum 4 3.56 %
Week 5 - Forum 5 3.56 %
Week 6 - Forum 6 3.56 %
Week 7 - Forum 7 3.56 %
Week 8 - Forum 8 3.56 %
Essays 21.00 %
Week 3 - Essay 1 7.00 %
Week 5 - Essay 2 7.00 %
Week 7 - Essay 3 7.00 %
Final Project 10.00 %
Week 8 - Final Project 10.00 %

Additional Readings:
Writing Style Guide: The following guide must be used for all written assignments and can be found in the resources folder.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Supplemental Readings and Case Studies:
The Supplemental Readings can be found in the Resources Folder.
FA-197 - Guide to Developing Effective Standard Operating Procedures For Fire and EMS Departments, Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Fire Administration.
TR-004 - Schomberg Plaza Fire, New York City
TR-041 - Nine Elderly Fire Victims in Residential Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida
TR-057 - Chicken Processing Plant Fires Hamlet, North Carolina and North Little Rock, Arkansas
TR-059 - Apartment Complex Fire, 66 Units Destroyed, Seattle, Washington
TR-110 - Manufacturing Mill Fire, Methuen, Massachusetts,
TR-121 - Kona Village Apartments Fire, Bremerton, Washington
98F-17 - Two Fire Fighters and Four are Hospitalized with Serious Burns in a Five-Alarm Fire, NY
99F-48 - Warehouse Fire Claims the Life of a Battalion Chief – Missouri
F2000-13: Restaurant Fire Claims the Life Of Two Career Fire Fighters, Texas
Web Sites
In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.
Site Name Web Site URL/Address
National Fire Protection Association
http://www.nfpa.org
National Fire Sprinkler Association
http://www.nfsa.org
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
http://www.nist.gov
United States Fire Administration
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/index.shtm

Book Title:Brannigan's Building Construction For The Fire Service, 5th ed. - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN:9781449688943
Publication Info:VS-Jones & Bartlett
Author:Corbett, Brannigan
Unit Cost:$79.51
Electronic ISBN:9781284088670
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.