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Course Details

Course Code: FSMT498 Course ID: 3362 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This senior capstone course allows students majoring in fire science to analyze specific program related issues and problems using the knowledge and understanding gained by completing the required courses in the program and a significant number of the major courses. (Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 106 credit hours towards your program.

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:

•Evaluate the relationship of the Fire/EMS department that you have chosen to study as part of local government and how that department’s relationship with the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) impacts the department’s ability to deliver the necessary level of services.

•Analyze the challenges to providing a modern fire, EMS and rescue service in your jurisdiction by evaluating the impact of risks, issues and challenges that your department has to deal with.

•Describe how government agencies and professional organizations could be used to identify and assist in solving problems facing the department you chose to study.

•Evaluate the management style of your chosen department and assess the impact of that style on the organization’s morale and effectiveness.

•Assess the relationship of your chosen department to the community at large and evaluate how that relationship assists or hampers the ability of the department to provide the necessary level of service.

•Analyze common management issues that would confront a Chief Officer and apply what you have learned in the fire degree program to that problem to lessen its impact on your department.

Grades for this course will be based upon nineteen grading instruments. There are questions that are provided in the Forums. These will allow you a view of what others might think on a topic. You will be able to respond to the posting of other students and thus to gain the insight of others on the topic. The assignment questions are chosen to reinforce concepts introduced over the length of your studies for a degree. It is expected that the student will provide a detailed answer to these in order to demonstrate an understanding of the subject. The Assignments are a way for you to review material and develop a solution based on your research, background and knowledge. The research paper is designed to allow you to apply lessons learned to a practical problem and give you practice at developing material for use in the field.

The grade scale, percentages and due dates (Due dates will be part of the Course Introduction Announcement for the course) for each of the evaluations will be provided:

NameGrade %
Forums 45.00 %
Forum #1 5.00 %
Forum #2 5.00 %
Forum #3 5.00 %
Forum #4 5.00 %
Forum #5 5.00 %
Forum #6 5.00 %
Forum #7 5.00 %
Forum #8 5.00 %
Forum #9 5.00 %
Essay 40.00 %
Week One/Assignment One/ Proposal for a Final Project 5.00 %
Week Two/Assignment Two/Service Cuts 5.00 %
Week Three/Assignment Three/Alternative Funding Sources 5.00 %
Week Four/Assignment Four/A Problem in Public Relations: 5.00 %
Week Five/Assignment Five/Planning the Future and Resources 5.00 %
Week Six/Assignment Six/Political Concerns and Relationships 5.00 %
Week Seven/Assignment Seven/Personnel Issues â?? Internet Access in the Fire House 5.00 %
Week Eight/Assignment Eight/Looking Down the Road 5.00 %
Final Research Paper 15.00 %
Week 8 Final Project 15.00 %

Background and Informational Readings: All are available in pdf format online from the United States Fire Administration:

U. S. Fire Administration, Socioeconomic Factors and the Incidence of Fire located at

U. S. Fire Administration, Four Years Later - A Second Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service located at

U. S. Fire Administration. FA-166 Risk Management Practices in the Fire Service located at

U. S. Fire Administration, Solutions 2000 located at

U. S. Fire Administration, Beyond Solutions 2000 located at

U. S. Fire Administration. Funding Alternatives for Fire and Emergency Services located at

U. S. Fire Administration. Strategies for Marketing Your Fire Department Today and Beyond located at

U. S. Fire Administration. Developing Effective Standard Operating Procedures for Fire & EMS Departments located at

U. S. Fire Administration. Responding to Incidents of National Consequence located at

U. S. Department of Labor. Emergency Preparedness and Response located at

U.S. Fire Administration. Managing Cumulative Stress in Fire Service Personnel located at

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.