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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: FSMT362 Course ID: 3364 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the relationship of fire administration and the role of executive fire administrators in the administration of complex issues in a dynamic environment. The course covers political, legal, financial, and ethical issues faced by fire administrators within the context of public administration. Topics include examination of the effects, influences, challenges, and opportunities of public and private fire functions and roles.

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

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

CO-01 Week 1: Discuss the elements of effective department administrators.
CO-02 Week 2: Discuss primary funding sources as well as the need for alternative funding sources.
CO-03 Week 3: Discuss the effectiveness of a community risk assessment and its importance in creating a successful relationship between the fire department and the community.
CO-04 Week 4: Describe potential disciplinary actions in reference to an unsafe procedure or not following SOPs.
CO-05 Week 4: Explain how change in the fire service can lead to a more successful organization.
CO-06 Week 5: Discuss how demographic trends in the United States are affecting fire services.
CO-07 Week 6: Discuss the benefits of a health and wellness program in the fire service.
CO-08 Week 7: Discuss strategic planning and the goals and objectives of a strategic initiative.
CO-09 Week 8: Discuss your thoughts on the reputation of the fire service and whether or not it is upholding the ethical standards we have come to expect in that field.
CO-10 Week 8: Explain the economic crises fire departments are facing and the creative solutions being used to cope with their shrinking budgets.

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. 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.

4. 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 Syllabus Outline.

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

Required Readings:

There is no textbook for this class. The required readings for this class are Open Educational Resources.

Required resources for your course are provided in a course eReserve. Please click here (, enter your course number in the ‘Search for course eReserves’ box, click Go, and then select the course when it appears below the search box. Information included in LibAnswers ( provides download and print options for offline reading of Library ebooks.

Access to the readings are also found in the weekly lessons under the Readings and Resources heading of the lesson.

Additional Course Materials:

Additional course materials are found by clicking the Course Overview tab in the Lessons and then clicking the subheading Course Materials.

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.