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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: FSMT311 Course ID: 3365 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on fire behavior and includes topics such as fire chemistry, science, interaction with the environment, and reaction to chemical and/or natural elements involved in a response. The student will be able to understand the fundamental principles related to structural fire protection, building furnishings, and fire protection systems. physical properties of the three states of matter. The components and dynamics of fire, the process of burning, suppression agents and strategies, and the methods and techniques of fire extinguishment will be covered in the course.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Objectives: Please see the Course Outline below for the weeks that correspond with these course objectives:

CO-01 Week 1: Discuss fire dynamics and why it should be understood by all members of the fire service
CO-02 Week 2: Discuss heat release rate and the importance of understanding and recognizing heat release rates and its measurement
CO-03 Week 3: Discuss ignition and fire growth as it relates to a solid, liquid, and gas
CO-04 Week 4: Discuss the stages of an enclosure fire along with the components that control flashover, flameover, and backdraft as well as the indicators that each may occur
CO-05 Week 4: Examine the change in fire dynamics over the last 30 – 40 years and how the fire service is adapting their firefighting tactics to combat these changes
CO-06 Week 5: Discuss how the removal or interruption of each part of the fire tetrahedron can stop the combustion process
CO-07 Week 6: Discuss explosion dynamics by differentiating between a chemical and mechanical explosion and explaining the difference between detonation and deflagration
CO-08 Week 7: Discuss the role and importance of fire modeling in the fire service

CO-09 Week 8: Examine all aspects of fire dynamics involved in the Station Night Club fire

Grades for this course will be based upon four grading instruments:

APUS clocks are set for the Eastern Time (ET) zone. If you live in a different time zone, be sure to plan ahead and submit assignments based on Eastern Time (ET) so as to avoid possible late penalties and/or avoid being locked out of a test.

1. Forums (9): There are nine graded forums that can be found by clicking the classroom Forum tab. The student, when directed by the instructor, will respond to the postings of other students. You will not receive a grade until you have responded to the proper number of students or the assignment has closed. Please have your initial post in the forum by 11:55 pm (ET) on Thursday night and your replies posted by 11:55 pm (ET) on Sunday night of the week the Forum assignment is due.

Participation in the forums is mandatory. Your replies must provide more discussion than “good point” or “nice job.” Challenge each other: if you disagree then say so and explain why.

To receive full credit for a forum, you must advance the conversation throughout the week by replying back to those that replied to your initial post.

(Please see the Forum Expectations document in each forum for further explanation).

2. Essay (1): There is one essay that will be based on the readings from this course. The Essay can be found by clicking the Assignments tab on the left hand side of the classroom.

3. Final Project (1): There is a Final Project due by the end of Week 8 and it will be based on the information you learned throughout the course. The Final Project can be found by clicking the Assignments tab on the left hand side of the classroom.

4. Exam (1): There will be one exam, a final.

The Final Exam will open in Week 8 and will be based on the course readings. The Final Exam will consist of 5 short answer/essay questions worth 20 points each. There is no time limit for the exam.

The Exams can be found by clicking the Test and Quizzes link on the left hand side of the classroom.

All due dates are found in the Syllabus Outline.

All graded items for this course will be based on a 100 point grading scale.


This class uses Open Educational Resources.

You can access the readings in the weekly Lessons. Look under the Reading and Resources heading in the weekly Lessons and then click on the Required Reading and Resources link.

Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.