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FSMT340 - Incendiary Fire Analysis and Investigation

Course Details

Course Code: FSMT340 Course ID: 3303 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to meet the levels of mastery established by the National Fire Academy, NFPA 1021 and NFPA 1033. These standards are agreed upon by professionals across the fire service community as the foundational benchmarks that all individuals should know at the completion of this course. This course 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.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Illustrate the core concepts of fire investigations
  • Differentiate between the various products of combustion
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of today’s fire investigations
  • Distinguish between the different types of fires and how they are investigated
  • Relate hazardous material emergencies to fire investigations
  • Examine the science of fire investigation analysis
  • Formulate and put forth a research paper examining a fire investigation related subject
NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Introduction Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Papers 20.00 %
Week Four Paper 10.00 %
Week Eight Paper 10.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Final Examination 20.00 %
Quizzes 40.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 5.00 %
Week 2 Quiz 5.00 %
Week 3 Quiz 5.00 %
Week 4 Quiz 5.00 %
Week 5 Quiz 5.00 %
Week 6 Quiz 5.00 %
Week 7 Quiz 5.00 %
Week 8 Quiz 5.00 %

Supplemental Materials:

National Fire Academy (2006) Standards for Incendiary Fire Analysis and Investigation. Available [online]: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/nfa/higher-ed/ba-courses/ifai.pdf

Expert Law - Source for Legal Information

http://www.expertlaw.com/library/fires/

International Association of Arson Investigators

http://www.firearson.com/

National Association of State Fire Marshals

http://www.firemarshals.org/

National Association of Fire Investigators

http://www.nafi.org/

Book Title:Kirk's Fire Investigation, 7th ed. - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN:9781256526278
Publication Info:VS-Pearson
Author:Dehaan
Unit Cost:$65.67
Electronic ISBN:9781269514620
Electronic Unit Cost:$37.80

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.