FRSC104 Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement

Department of Professional Studies: Fire Science

I. Course Number and Title
FRSC104 Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces the Fire Science student to the ICC Fire Prevention and Building Codes. Students prepare to conduct basic buildings inspections for ICC code compliance, in terms of fire protection equipment and building code requirements, and the identification and elimination of common fire hazards.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. apply knowledge of how to use ICC fire prevention and building codes to locate specific information in the codes;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the importance that building and fire codes place on maintaining a safe exit for the occupants of a building; and
    3. prepare a fire safety inspection of a building and illustrate their understanding of commonly encountered unsafe building conditions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. the role that the ICC Fire Prevention and Building codes play in terms of community life safety
    2. using the ICC codes for building inspections: the content and format of these codes
    3. the ICC Building Code classification of structures
    4. ICCs requirements for a protected means of egress
    5. ICCs requirements for fire resistive construction
    6. primary and supplemental heating systems
    7. fire protection systems, chimneys, and venting systems
    8. fire prevention, control, and precautions during building operations
    9. procedures for a systematic building inspection
    10. fire protection systems in buildings
    11. fire protection and life safety requirements for the following occupancies:
      1. residential and multiple occupancy dwellings
      2. mercantile occupancies
      3. office buildings, including high rise
      4. industrial complexes
      5. health care facilities
      6. hotels
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    The instructor uses lectures, slides, and video for the classroom presentation. For seven weeks, the students examine case studies of serious fires in various occupancies, where building or fire code violations played a significant role in loss of life or destruction of property. The case studies are designed to reinforce code requirements for the most common occupancies, as well as the need for modern code enforcement methods to ensure an adequate level of life safety in the community. In addition, the course prepares the student to test for ICC 3-B Fire Protection General certification.

Review/Approval Date -11/00; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015