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
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
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.