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FSC 101 - Introduction to Fire Science

(5 credit hours: 5 Class, Lab 0)

Summer Quarter 200601 (Academic Year 2005)

Instructor Name: Thomas Y. Smith

Office Number, Building Location: B12
Contact info: Main Fire Science Office: 706-837-4236
Program webpage:

Catalog Course Description

Includes introduction to: Fire Technology Education and the firefighter selection process, Fire Protection Career
Opportunities, Public Fire Protection, Chemistry and Physics of Fire, Public and Private Support Organizations
Fire Department Resources, Fire Department Administration, Support Functions, Training, Fire Prevention, Codes
and Ordinances, Fire Protection Systems and Equipment, Emergency Incident Management, Emergency Operations

Pre-requisites: Program admission

Course Texts and Materials

Introduction to Fire Protection by Delmar Publishers, 2nd edition ISBN 0-7668-4958-9

Course Competencies
Fire Technology Education and the firefighter selection process
Fire Protection Career Opportunities
Public Fire Protection
Chemistry and Physics of Fire
Public and Private Support Organizations
Fire Department Resources
Fire Department Administration
Support Functions
Fire Prevention
Codes and Ordinances
Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
Emergency Incident Management
Emergency Operations

National Standards Met: NFPA 1021, Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, 1992 edition 4-4.2, 4-4.3. This
course prepares students to enter the field of fire science and provides background in a broad range of relevant

Instructional Strategies/Methods
It is clear, that successful supervisors/managers bring a wide range of skills and abilities to the organization.
Therefore, skill development will focus on practicing
• Interpersonal and intra- work group communication
• Critical thinking,
• Written and verbal presentation development
• Self-learning.
Exercises and assignments will require interdependence and coordination. All written assignments are expected to be
produced at a professional level which means that editing for grammar and appropriate sentence construction is
important and will part of the grade.

Library/Research Project: An important skill in being academically successful in a college program of study is for
the student to be able to conduct research into various topics covered in the course work. To assist the student with
developing this skill and to provide an opportunity to obtain information needed to address course requirements, the
student will be asked to complete a library-based research exercise. The grade for this assignment will become part
of the participation and homework grade for the class.
NOTE: Reading in advance, note-taking, paying attention, asking appropriate questions (whether for clarification or
general enlightenment) are a valuable strategy. If the student can accurately answer the following question, course
value (and most likely their grade) will be maximized:

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate:
1. Trace the origins of the modern fire service.
2. Discuss the role of higher education, career planning, and testing requirements required for the fire
3. Develop an understanding of the source of fire department resources.
4. Describe the organizational structure, administration, training, reports, and records that are found in
the fire department.
5. Discuss the role of the fire department in fire prevention, code and ordinances, and fire protection
Course Outline by: Modules

Course Requirements (what will the student do to successfully complete the class – papers, projects, test, etc.)
-All work is due on the date stated in the course. Any projects or related work not submitted on the due date will be
issued one grade lower each day over it is due.
-Complete and submit all CD scenarios
-Students must successfully complete a comprehensive final examination.
-Submit a completed project as directed by instructor
-Remember, you are subject to be dropped from a class if you miss assignments and/or fail to communicate with

Evaluation Procedures (weights of tests, projects, student participation, etc.)

Quizzes - 40%, Final Exam - 50%, Assigned Research Paper - 10%

Grading Scale
A = 90 – 100 B = 80 – 89 C = 70 – 79 D = 60 – 69 F = Below 60

Work Ethics Grade and how evaluated

Good work habits are as valuable as technical skills. Work ethic traits including attendance, character, teamwork,
appearance, attitude, productivity, organizational skills, communication, cooperation and respect are included in the
work ethics evaluation. This grade is not included in the Grade Point average, but is shown on the student’s
transcript. The work Ethics grading scale is as follows: 3 – Exceeds Expectations, 2 – Meets Expectations, 1 –
Needs Improvement and 0 – Unacceptable.

According to the TEACH Act of 2002, the College is obligated to advise you that instructional material included in
this course may be subject to copyright protection. As such, you must not share, duplicate, transmit, or store the
material of this course beyond the purpose and time frame explicitly stated in the syllabus of your course. If you are
not certain whether a particular piece of material is covered by copyright protection, you should contact your
instructor and obtain his/her written clarification. Failing to observe copyright protection is a violation of law.
Make up work / make up test policy
Students are responsible to maintain a status of being in good standing to remain in the course. Students who fail to
submit work or follow the policy described in this syllabus regarding taking scheduled exams are subject to
receiving zeros (no credit) for the exam or the assignment at the discretion of the instructor.

Students are expected to take the exams when scheduled. To be eligible to take a make-up, the student must inform
the instructor (or his answering machine at home) in advance (unless on life-support). Any make-up exams will be at
the instructor’s convenience and will receive a 5 point penalty per day. In addition, a 5 page paper on a subject of the
instructor's choosing will be due ten days after the missed quiz. These penalties may be waived at the discretion of
the instructor in cases of a documented medical or family emergency.

POLICY REGARDING GRADES: A student who withdraws at any time up to the midpoint of the quarter will be
assigned a "W" or "WF", depending upon whether he or she is doing satisfactory work at the time of withdrawal.
After the midpoint of the quarter, the grade of "WF" will be assigned to any student who withdraws from a course
without a hardship withdrawal. If a student receives permission to withdraw under hardship, the instructor will
assign a "W" or "WF" grade depending upon the student's work up to the point of the time that the student withdrew.
Once again a student who simply stops attending class without an official withdrawal and/or notification of the
instructor will be assigned a grade of "F".

A student will not be given the grade "I" unless unavoidable circumstances occur which prevent the student from
completing only a small segment of the course, i.e., the final examination. For a student to receive a grade of "I", he
or she must be doing satisfactory work up to the point that he or she could not continue. Arrangements must be
made with me to remove the "I" within a reasonable time period, subject to the College’s policies.

Attendance policy
Students are expected to attend class sessions. If you are unable to attend, please notify the instructor before the
class. A student who misses four or more class periods without prior arrangement will lose credit for the
participation portion of the course grade. Attendance will be noted at all classes, and absences on days with
presentations will count as two absences. Four absences require that the student show just cause why they shouldn’t
be dropped from the course, or having passed the drop date receive a failing grade. Arriving more than 15 minutes
late or leaving early without prior arrangement will count as an absence. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student
to follow the college’s procedures for withdrawing from the class. Although the instructor may drop the student for
non-attendance, after the mid-point in the quarter, students who stop attending class risk being assigned a failing
grade at the end of the quarter.

PLEASE NOTE: You, the student, must notify your advisor if you wish to drop this course. If you remain on my roll
all quarter long and do not turn in any work or complete all the work, I will give you an F.

Academic Honor / Plagiarism statement

The Fire Science Department at WGTC requires students to adhere to the following Student Honor Code.

By the act of registering for this course I affirm that I will be honest in all my academic work, and will hold all
others to the same standard of academic honesty.

West Georgia Technical College encourages an academic culture of honesty and personal integrity among its faculty,
staff, and student body. Academic honesty means performing all academic work without plagiarizing, cheating,
lying, tampering, stealing, receiving assistance from any other person or using any source of information that is not
common knowledge (unless that assistance or use is authorized by the instructor).
Prohibited behavior includes:
A. Plagiarism is submitting for course credit words, ideas, opinions of another person without attributing the work to
that other source. Purchasing or submitting the work of another person for any course requirement is prohibited.
B. Unauthorized assistance - Giving or receiving assistance in connection with any examination or other academic
work that has not been authorized by a faculty member.
C. Completing for another, or allowing another to complete for you, all or part of an assignment (such as a paper,
exercise, homework assignment, presentation, report, computer application, laboratory experiment, or computation);
D. Submitting a group assignment, or allowing that assignment to be submitted, representing that the project is the
work of all of the members of the group when less than all of the group members assisted substantially in doing the
Any student found to be violating the above prohibitions will be subject to a range of disciplinary actions ranging
from receiving a zero on the work in question and/or dismissal from the class with a grade of “F,” to dismissal from
the college. All students have the right to appeal any decision of the instructor through the appeal process detailed in
the WGTC College Catalog & Student Handbook.

Confidentiality statement
The rules of confidentiality do not apply to the instructor/student relationship. Please do not disclose information
assuming it will be confidential. An instructor is considered a “mandatory reporter”. Any information revealed to an
instructor that may represent potential harm to the student or another individual must be reported by law.
ADA statement
If you have a disability that you think may affect your ability to function in this class, please inform the instructor
and the West Georgia Technical College Special Needs Career Planner, Gil Ausman at 706-812-4246 (Student
Services Offices, Building A) to discuss a request for accommodations. All requests for accommodations are

Severe Weather Warning

Periodically, WGTC will conduct severe weather warning and fire drills. Instructions on what to do in the event of
these warning will be given in class and may be found in print form posted in classrooms and labs. Students are
expected to participate in these drills in preparation for any actual threatening situations that may occur.

DTAE Guarantee
The Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education warrants every graduate of our Technical College
programs offering a certificate of credit, diploma, or associate's degree as follows:

The warranty guarantees that the graduate has demonstrated the knowledge and skills and can perform each
competency as identified in the industry-validated Standard or Program Guide. Any program graduate who is
determined to lack such competence shall be retrained at no cost to the employer or the graduate.

A claim against the warranty may be filed by either an employer in conjunction with a graduate or a graduate if the
individual is unable to perform one or more of the competencies contained in the industry-validated Standard or
Program Guide, including failure to pass a State of Georgia required licensing examination.

The warranty shall remain in effect for two years immediately following the date of graduation and shall be honored
by any state governed Technical College that offers the program from which the individual graduated.

Exit exams (diploma/degree programs only)

All graduating degree and diploma students are required to take program area graduation exam in their field. The
exam must be taken in the last quarter or next to last quarter before graduation. Information on scheduling the exit
exam may be obtained from the program advisor.

CAAP testing (degree level programs only)

All graduating degree students are required to take the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency exam. The
exam must be taken in the last quarter or next to last quarter before graduation. Scheduled times for the exam will be
posted on campus.

Applying for graduation

Students expecting to graduate must complete an application for graduation. This form may be obtained available
from the Office of Student Services located in the Administration Building. Students should apply for graduation
during the registration period in which they register for their last quarter of classes.
Fire Science FSC 101


Week 1 Introduction and general discussion

Week 2 Chapter 1, 2 and 3.

Week 3 Chapter 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Week 4 Chapter 8, 9, and 10.

Week 5 Chapter 11, 12, 13 and 14.

Week 6 Chapter 15, 16 and 17.

Week 7 Chapter 18, 19, 20.

Week 8 Chapter 21, 22, and 23.

Week 9 Chapter 24.

Week 10 Final Examination

This syllabus is a general plan for the course, deviations may be necessary, and indeed, should be expected.