FRSC103: Building Construction for Fire Protection
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearFall 2014 / (15 weeks): Aug 27, 2014 to Dec 19, 2014
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Robert Hedden   Email:
Phone: (215) 968-8270

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document

Getting Started With This Course


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Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

Welcome to the Bucks County Community College Fire Science Program. The journey we will embark on together for the next 15 weeks will revolve around a most critical topic: Building Construction for the Fire Service. Note that the class is specifically geared for the Fire Service.

There are many professions and professionals that are involved in Building Construction. Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, are involved in the conceptual design about the formation of the building based upon the Owners desires. Who will occupy it. How it will stand and how it will look. General Contractors and Skilled Trades, including, but not limited to, such as Iron Workers, Carpenters, Electricians, Plumbers and Glaziers do the actual hands on construction, implementing the conceptual design. Code Enforcement Professionals conduct plan reviews and field inspections to ensure code compliance throughout the entire process.

The Fire Service is the only profession that is called upon to operate in, on and around buildings under fire conditions. As such, we have a critical need to understand ALL of the above activity, and more importantly, understand our activity at every stage, and how it relates to pre-planning, training, actual fire conditions and fire ground operations and its effect on any building, and the concept and reality of building collapse.

Our career in the Fire Service in reality is a career long commitment to continuous education. Your enrollment in this class demonstrates that. My educational philosophy as a professor is that learning never ends, especially in our profession. I am looking forward to being able to learn throughout the next 15 weeks from all of you, as we exchange our thoughts and concepts in an atmosphere of mutual respect.