Fire Science Course Descriptions

FS362 Analytic Approaches to Public Fire Protection

Examines tools and techniques of rational decision-making in fire departments, including databases, statistics, probability, decision analysis, utility modeling, resource allocation, cost-benefit analysis, and linear programming.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS344 Applications of Fire Research

Examines the rationale for conducting fire research, various fire protection research activities, and research applications, including fire test standards and codes, structural fire safety, automatic detection and suppression, life safety, and firefighter health and safety.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS355 Advanced Fire Administration

Examines organization and management in the fire service, including new technologies, changing organizational structures, personnel and equipment, municipal fire protection planning, manpower and training, and financial management.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS357 Fire Prevention Organization and Management

Examines the factors that shape fire risk and the tools for fire prevention, including risk reduction education, codes and standards, inspection and plans review, fire investigation, research, master planning, various types of influences, and strategies.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS359 Personnel Management for the Fire Service

Examines relationships and issues in personnel administration and human resource development within the context of fire-related organizations, including personnel management, organizational development, productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management systems, discipline, and collective bargaining.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS415 Fire Related Human Behavior

Examines human aspects of the fire problem, including research and analysis of the problem and related issues in residential properties, wild land fires, assisted living/group home situations, commercial/industrial settings and multi-use high-rise buildings.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS440 Disaster and Fire Defense Planning

Examines the concepts and principles of community risk assessment, planning, and response to fires and natural disasters, including the Incident Command System (ICS), mutual aid and automatic response, training and preparedness, communications, civil disturbances, natural disasters, hazardous materials planning, mass casualty disasters, earthquake preparedness, and disaster recovery.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS442 Fire Dynamics

Examines fire dynamics within the context of firefighting and its applications to fire situations, including combustion, flame spread, flashover, and smoke movement, as well as applications to building codes, large-loss fires, and fire modeling.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS446 Fire Investigation and Analysis

Examines technical, investigative, legal, and managerial approaches to the arson problem, including principles of incendiary fire analysis and detection, environmental and psychological factors of arson, gang-related arson, legal considerations and trial preparations, managing the fire investigation unit, intervention and mitigation strategies, and shaping the future.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS474 Fire Protection Structure and Systems Design

Examines design principles involved in structural fire protection and automatic suppression systems, including fire resistance and endurance, flame spread evaluation, smoke control, alarm systems, sprinkler innovations, evaluation of sprinkler system designs, and specialized suppression systems.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS482 Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection

Examines the legal, political and social aspects of the government's role in public safety, including the American legal system, liability, negligence, code enforcement, and public sector personnel issues.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS484 Community Risk Reduction3(3,0)

Examines concepts of community sociology, the role of fire-related organizations within the community, and their impact on the local fire problem, including fire service relationships within the community and other agencies, developing a community inventory, shaping community policy, master planning, and shaping community perceptions about the local fire service.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS486 Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials

Examines regulatory issues, hazard analysis; multi-agency contingency planning; response personnel; multi-agency response resources; agency policies, procedures and implementation; public education and emergency information systems; health and safety; command post dynamics; strategic and tactical considerations; recovery and termination procedures; and program evaluation.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

FS494 Senior Project

Requires a formal, written paper that presents a project the student has handled at his/her place of employment.

Prerequisite: EN300, FS344 , and completion of core and concentration fire science courses

ENG300 Essentials of Written Communication

Is an intermediate course in expository writing available to students who have completed their lower division writing requirements. Students enrolled in English 300 should have developed sufficient writing and research skills to meet the demands of college level writing. This course provides the additional opportunity for students to review, reassess, and further develop their writing skills.

Prerequisites: ENG 100. This course does not fulfill the General Education requirements for either Engineering or Digital Arts degrees.

SSC320 Organizational Leadership

This course concentrates on understanding the challenges faced by today's leaders. Participants compare and contrast management and leadership and discover a natural approach to the leadership style that works for them while at the same time exploring techniques to develop leadership skills in others. The focus of the course is to bridge the distance between leadership theory and management practice. Students will leave the course with a clearer and stronger understanding of their own leadership style and gain an appreciation for seeing its potential in others.

Prerequisites: ENG 300

HUM360 Applied Ethics & the Fire Service

Helps students develop a critical, analytic, and constructive perspective regarding the ethical issues, which arise in contemporary world and in the fire and emergency services. For this purpose, the course draws on philosophical, psychological, and religious resources and insights as important conceptual tools. First, major competing contemporary approaches to ethical theory including psychological perspective on moral development are discussed. The course covers ethical theories such as Utilitarianism, Deontology, and Virtue Ethics and problems such as relativism. In addition to these, several issues related to ethics in our modern world will be examined.

Prerequisites: ENG 300. This course does not fulfill the General Education requirements for either Engineering or Digital Arts degrees.

SSC400 Topics in International Studies: GPE

Provides students with an introduction to the issues, history, perspectives, and analytical methods in the field of Global Political Economy (GPE). The course tries to create a conceptual landscape of the global political economy, to grasp some big trends and processes and movements related to it. This is a "big picture" course that serves as an introduction to the fields of International Economics and Political Science.

Prerequisites: ENG 300.This course does not fulfill the General Education requirements for either Engineering or Digital Arts degrees.

MATH112 College Algebra

Covers the real and complex numbering systems, equations, inequalities, function theory, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic function.

Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra or appropriate score on placement test. This course does not fulfill the General Education requirements for either Engineering or Digital Arts degrees.

MATH355 Statistics

Covers topics in descriptive and inferential statistics, including data collection, condensations, permutations, combinations and probability theory, binomial and normal distributions, confidence limits, hypothesis testing; level of significance, errors, distribution tests, regression and correlation.

Prerequisites: MA 112. This course does not fulfill the General Education requirements for either Engineering or Digital Arts degrees.

PA320 Public Administrations

Provides a broad understanding of basic concepts and principles of public administration, including role, structure, and functions of public agencies and how they operate.

MGT310 Management

Examines the different ways to manage organizational change and meet the rapid pace of change in the business environment. Cases and current research inform class discussions of different types of restructuring. Topics may include creating learning organizations, designing for innovation, managing growth and downsizing, and building sustainable organizations.

BLW320 Business Law

Presents an integrated approach to the legal environment of business with a fresh up to date introduction to those aspects of our legal system which cut across all areas of law, establishing a vital foundation for understanding the substantive subjects such as the American system of jurisprudence, constitutional law, the dual court system, administrative agencies, consumer protection, environmental law, Uniform Commercial Code, torts and crimes and a thorough understanding of the Law of Contracts.

ACC300 Accounting/Budgeting

Introduces the basic principles of management accounting including manufacturing and cost accounting, budgeting, accounting for management decision-making, and financial statement analysis.