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Course Details

Course Code: FSMT320 Course ID: 3296 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course 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. Advanced fire suppression systems must be properly designed and the occupants must be properly trained to react in concert with the life safety systems and the fire department. Knowing how the different design systems function and how they protect a space or process aids in the interaction with owners, engineers, architects, and contractors. The importance of a good relationship between the authority having jurisdiction and those charged with the enforcement of the code is considered.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
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

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to
CO-1: Explain how the design of modern day fire protection systems has been influenced by past fire events and losses.
CO-2: Discuss how the systems approach to building fire protection functions.
CO-3: Analyze the components of the process for designing fire protection systems for specific situations and hazards.
CO-4: Explain the testing processes used to determine the materials and structures needed for a building or hazard fire protection system.
CO-5: Identify the common types of heat, smoke and flame detection systems.
CO-6: Categorize the components and effects of smoke and fire gasses on life safety.
CO-7: Recognize the factors that influence smoke movement and their impact on life safety in a structure.
CO-8: Explain the process of determining if water supply systems meet the needs of a structural fire protection application.
CO-9: Demonstrate how to apply hydraulics formulae in the design of various types of sprinkler systems.
CO-10: Summarize the role of the fire service and the authority having jurisdiction in the review of plans and inspection of facilities for fire code compliance.
CO-11: Summarize the various ways to calculate and design fixed water fire suppression systems.

The textbook and several additional readings will be covered throughout this eight week (8) course. As a student, you are expected to read each of the assigned readings and complete the corresponding assignment. Personal opinions not based or supported by the published literature are not acceptable - there are no wrong or right answers; there are just complete and incomplete answers.
Forum Assignments:
There are various required discussion Forum assignments. For most Forum assignments you are required to answer the posted questions and provide literature support where applicable. Each Forum assignment will require you to respond to at least two classmate postings in order to earn full credit for the Forum.
Essay Assignments:
Essay Assignments are designed to sharpen your writing skills and your research skills and as such, all writing assignments require providing additional research that supports your conclusions. All assignments should be well-written and formatted in APA Style (Sixth Edition). All assignments must have proper citations of any source(s) used and be accompanied by an APA References page.

Supplemental Materials: All of the reports listed in this first group are available on-line from the United States Fire Administration’s Technical Report Series at:

  • United States Fire Administration. Fire at Watts Bar Hydroelectric Plant (Rhea County, TN - September 2002.
  • United States Fire Administration. Comparison of Fire Sprinkler Piping Materials.
  • United States Fire Administration. Review of Residential Sprinkler Systems: Research and Standards
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology. Building and Fire Research Laboratory. Smoke Control.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology. Smoke Production and Properties.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology. Smoke Management Systems. Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology. Toxic Hazard of Building Products and Furnishings.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology. Measurement Concerns and Opportunities for Commercial Fire Testing Laboratories.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology. Cook County Administration Building Fire, 69 West Washington, Chicago, Illinois, October 17, 2003: Heat Release Rate Experiments and FDS Simulations.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology. Quick Response Sprinklers in Chemical Laboratories: Fire Test Results.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology. Impact of Sprinklers on the Fire Hazard in Dormitories: Day Room Fire Experiments.

Web Sites
In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Firefighting News
Firehouse Magazine
National Fire Protection Association
National Fire Sprinkler Association
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Institute of Standards and Technology
United States Forest Service
United States Fire Administration http://www.usfa.dhs./publications
United States House of Representatives Office of the Law Revision Counsel, United States Code
United States National Records and Archives Administration, GPO - Code of Federal Reg.
Women in the Fire Service

Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.
Book Title:Fire Safety Engineering Design of Structures, 3rd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:CRC Press
Author:Purkiss, John
Unit Cost:$220.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.