This course examines the underlying principles involved in structural fire protection systems, building furnishings, and fire protection systems, including water-based fire suppression systems, fire alarm and detection systems, special hazard suppression systems, and smoke management systems.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
• Analyze building structural components for fire endurance and fire resistance.
• Understand the flame spread and smoke production properties of building furnishings and materials.
• Analyze, evaluate and determine appropriate use for fire detection and alarm systems; water-based fire suppression systems; special hazard fire suppression systems; and smoke management systems, with a sophisticated understanding of how they integrate to function as a complete life safety system.
• Understand the fundamental principles related to structural fire protection, building furnishings, and fire protection systems.
• Individuals whose primary duties are those of a full-time fire or building code enforcement inspector.
• Individuals who have the responsibility to train personnel involved in code enforcement activities.
• Suppression Company Officers responsible for in-service fire code enforcement activities.
This course is offered as an online instructor mediated course. An online instructor mediated course balances self-study components with interactions and discussions among the students and the instructor. This course is done in an asynchronous fashion. Students and the instructor will likely be online at different times and will post and respond to discussions on their own schedule. After reviewing the self-study materials, the students will have the opportunity to participate in discussions with other students on various assigned topics. The instructor will open each module, provide feedback on assignments, summarize discussions, and provide mentoring to meet the unique needs of individual students.
The course includes five modules; one module will be released online every two weeks. For each module, participants will be required to:
1) complete the required textbook readings;
2) complete the online content, which includes participation in discussion forums and the submission of an individual written paper for each module; 3) interact with instructor and other student participants.