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FSMT311 - Fire Dynamics

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
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 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: Discuss fire dynamics and the importance of understanding fire behavior and fire dynamics as it applies to all fire safety professions

CO-02: Discuss the classes of fire and the extinguishing methods used for each class

CO-03: Discuss heat release rate and the importance of understanding and recognizing heat release rates and its measurement

CO-04: Discuss the different modes of heat transfer along with a fitting example for each mode

CO-05: Discuss an article or video that pertains to fire dynamics

CO-06: Discuss how fire dynamics have changed in the last 30 – 40 years and how the fire service is adapting their firefighting tactics to combat these changes

CO-07: Discuss the stages of an enclosure fire along with the components that control flashover, flameover, and backdraft and the indicators that each may occur

CO-08: Discuss how the removal of one part of the fire tetrahedron can stop the combustion process

CO-09: Discuss the difference between detonation and deflagration and provide examples of each

CO-10: Discuss all aspects of fire dynamics involved in the Station Night Club fire and provide an NIST Fire Model that was done on the fire

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

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. I have provided a minimum word count for each initial posting and each reply. 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 announcement in the classroom).

2. Essay (1): There is one essay that will be based on your research of fire dynamics and firefighting tactics. The Essay can be found by clicking the Assignments tab on the left hand side of the classroom.

3. Quizzes (6): There are six quizzes. The quizzes can be found in Weeks 1 – 3 and 5 – 7. Each quiz will consist of 10 multiple choice questions. The Quizzes can be found by clicking the Test and Quizzes tab on the left hand side of the classroom.

4. Exams (2): There will be two exams, a midterm and a final.

The Midterm Exam will open in Week 4 and will be based on Chapters 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 7 – 8 in the textbook. The Midterm Exam will consist of 25 multiple choice questions.

The Final Exam will open in Week 8 and will be based on Chapters 5 – 6 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12 in the textbook. The Final Exam will consist of 25 multiple choice questions.

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

5. 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.

All due dates are found in the Course Outline below.

NameGrade %
Forums 45.00 %
Week 1 Forum (A) 5.00 %
Week 1 Forum (B) 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Essays 7.00 %
Week 4 Essay 7.00 %
Quizzes 24.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 4.00 %
Week 2 Quiz 4.00 %
Week 3 Quiz 4.00 %
Week 5 Quiz 4.00 %
Week 6 Quiz 4.00 %
Week 7 Quiz 4.00 %
Exams 14.00 %
Week 4 Midterm Exam 7.00 %
Week 8 Final Exam 7.00 %
Final Project 10.00 %
Week 8 Final Project 10.00 %

Required Course Textbook: (This class uses the following Vital Source e-book which is provided through the APUS Bookstore, so there are no links in the classroom.) All test questions will come from this book.

Book Title: Fire Dynamics (2nd Edition)

ISBN: 9780133842708

Publication Info: Pearson (2016)

Authors: Gorbett, G. E., Pharr, J.L. & Rockwell, S. R.

Supplemental Materials: All supplemental materials are found throughout the Lessons.

APA 6th Edition Guides: The APA 6th Ed. Writing Style Guide must be used for all written assignments. You do not need to purchase the book as I have provided several APA 6th Ed. guides in the Lessons.

VitalSource E-book Information: I have provided the necessary information to access the course e-book.

Expectations: I have provided Forum Expectations and Writing Assignment Expectations. Please read them very carefully so that you either meet or exceed my expectations for both.

PowerPoint’s: I have provided PowerPoint’s for each chapter in the book. They provide a brief overview of each chapter.

Supplemental Readings: The supplemental readings give you more insight into some of the Fire Dynamics forum topics. You will not be tested on any information found in the readings. Testing material comes from the textbook.

Supplemental Videos: The supplemental videos give you more insight into some of the Fire Dynamics forum topics. You will not be tested on any information found in the videos. Testing material comes from the textbook.

Supplemental Websites: The supplemental websites give you more insight into some of the Fire Dynamics forum and assignment topics. You will not be tested on any information found on the websites. Testing material comes from the textbook.

Rubrics: I have provided grading Rubric’s for your Forums and your Writing Assignments.

Fire Science Management Library Program Guide: The Fire Science Management Program Guide gives you access to Articles/Journals, Books, Web Resources and Writing/Citing that relates to Fire Science. Please explore this program guide.

Book Title:Fire Dynamics, 2nd ed. - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom.
ISBN:9780133842708
Publication Info:VS-Pearson
Author:Gorbett
Unit Cost:$85.33
Electronic ISBN:9780133843675
Electronic Unit Cost:$37.80

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.