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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: FSMT475 Course ID: 3355 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on the rationale for conducting fire research, various fire protection research activities, and research applications, including fire test standards and codes structural fire safety, automatic detection and suppression, life safety, and fire fighter health and safety. This course examines tools and techniques of rational decision making in fire departments, including databases, statistics, probability, decision analysis, utility modeling, resource allocation, cost-benefit analysis, and linear programming. This course involves selecting a fire-related topic, developing research objectives, a proposal, and a plan using a quantitative or qualitative research design for the completion of a final research paper.

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

  • LO-1: Consider what research is and why we study it in Fire Science.
  • LO-2: Locate, evaluate and analyze fire-related research.
  • LO-3: Demonstrate the application of fire research to a research problem related to one of the course topics.
  • LO-4: Conduct a literature review of current literature on a fire-related topic.
  • LO-5: Define fire-related research objectives.
  • LO-6: Write a fire-related research proposal.
  • LO-7: Design a research plan using one or more qualitative/quantitative or mixed methods methodologies.
  • LO-8: Observe the rules for ethical research.
  • LO-9: Summarize research findings using an abstract, executive summary, and technical

Reading Assignments:

There are reading assignments each week from the required text and articles of interest. Check the syllabus and the announcements at the start of the course and at the start of each week.

Supplemental Readings:

Supplemental readings will be offered in the Forum and included in the Resources Section.

Forum Assignments:

There is a Forum assignment in each of the 8 weeks of the course. Each week, you will be asked to comment on a topic proposed by your instructor and to respond to at least one other student. Forum posts are carefully composed statements supported by citations from the literature. This is NOT a chat room. Posts should be directed to the issues posed by the instructor and the posts of other students. I require APA source referencing for all quotes and paraphrased materials.

Pay particular attention to the Week 1 Introduction Post. It is a 250-word introduction containing your specific learning goals for this course in addition to you brief bio.

Forum posts are due by Sunday night, midnight, with replies to other students no later than Wednesday of the following week. Be certain to review the Forums often and regularly to capture the discussion among class members.

Homework Assignments:

Homework consists of reading, researching, written assignments and reviewing the instructor feedback on you work. All written assignments must adhere to APA 6th Edition style guidance and must be submitted by Sunday midnight to receive full credit.


Exams are listed in the syllabus and available to you in the Test & Quizzes tab.

Field Experience Assignments:

As assigned by your instructor or as necessary for your development.

Final Project:

Please see your final project description in your Assignments area.

NameGrade %
Written Assignments 50.00 %
Assignment Week 1 7.14 %
Assignment Week 2 7.14 %
Assignment Week 3 7.14 %
Assignment Week 4 7.14 %
Assignment Week 5 7.14 %
Assignment Week 6 7.14 %
Assignment Week 7 7.14 %
Final Project Due Week 8 15.00 %
Final Project 15.00 %
Exams 10.00 %
Midterm Exam 10.00 %
Forums 25.00 %
Week 2 3.57 %
Week 3 3.57 %
Week 4 3.57 %
Week 5 3.57 %
Week 6 3.57 %
Week 7 3.57 %
Introduction 3.57 %

Required Readings

Web sites and weekly lesson power point presentations

Additional Resources

As assigned by your Instructor

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.

Site Name

WebSite URL/Address

National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Fire Protection Association

National Fire Data Center/US Fire Administration

Underwriters Laboratories

Fire Research and Management and Exchange System

Fire Research Institute

Fire Research Laboratory

The Institution of Fire Engineers

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.