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FIRE 1330 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

FIRE 1330 - Fire Prevention

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; fire inspections; fire and safety education; and fire investigation.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the broad concepts of fire prevention
  • Explain the importance of engineering, education, and enforcement.
  • Define the role of the Fire Prevention Bureau legally, and in respect to overall fire department administration and goals.
  • Understand how public and private entities contribute to fire prevention efforts.
  • Discuss individual behavior in fire and panic situations.
  • Discuss the history of fire prevention concepts in the United States.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Acceptable placement score or completion of all Learning Support competencies in Reading and Writing.

Course Topics:
  • History and Philosophy of Fire Prevention
  • Status of Education, Engineering, and Enforcement in the United States
  • Public Fire and Life Safety Education Programs
  • Enforcing Fire Safety Compliance
  • Fire Safety Inspection Procedures
  • Preparing Fire Service Personnel for Fire Prevention Duties
  • Organization and Administration of Municipal Fire Prevention Units
  • Fire Prevention Efforts of Public and Private Sectors
  • Instilling Positive Fire Reaction
  • Fire Prevention Through Arson Suppression
  • Fire Prevention Research
  • Proving Fire Prevention Works
Specific Course Requirements:

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

None required

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Class tests will be timed, and will consist of multiple choice questions. Each module will have a quiz, and there will be a mid-term and final exam. Proctoring or Respondus Lockdown browser is not required for any assessments.


Grading Procedures:
Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
92 - 100 pointsA
84 - 91 pointsB
75 - 83 pointsC
70 - 74 pointsD
under 70 pointsF
Assignments and Projects:
  • Content: The Discussions, Midterm Examinations, and Final Examinations are on a locked or unlocked basis. That means they are only available for a specific period of time. As stated, I have set aside 2 weeks for each module, and 1 week for the Midterm and Final. This is plenty of time for you to read the text and do the assigned work. Do not ask for a time extension, as you will not get it.
  • Discussions: You will have 8 modules, which must be completed before their deadlines. Most of the Modules will consist of a reading assignment and discussion posting (with at least 2 replies to your fellow students' posts). Discussions are an essential part of online classes. Since we will not meet in class in person, the discussion board will serve as our classroom/meeting place. To earn full credit for discussion postings, students are expected to post a well thought-out posting in the first week of that module. The second week is for a minimum of 2 responses to 2 other student postings. Responses must consist of more than, “I agree with your posting.” If you agree or disagree, explain why. If you wait until an hour before the discussion locks for that module to post your initial post or 2 responses, you will not receive full credit for discussion.
  • Quizzes: Each module will include a quiz covering the corresponding chapter(s) in the module. All questions are multiple choice, and come from the textbook.
  • Midterm: The midterm examination must be taken during week 9. It will consist of 50 multiple-choice and True/False questions covering chapters 1-7. Each question will be worth 2 points.
  • Essay: All students will turn in an essay by the end of class. The essay topic must be in relation to fire prevention. The specific topic will be up to the student, and the topics must be submitted for approval by the end of week 2. Essay sources must be submitted by the end of week 6. A rough draft must be turned in by the end of week 12. Essays may be completed and turned in early. This is not an English Composition class. However, all students in this class have completed High School or equivalency, and are expected to turn in well-organized essays. As you advance through higher education, you will appreciate the importance of this requirement. Grades will be based mostly on content of the paper, but proper ASA formatting, grammar, etc. is expected, appreciated and encouraged.
  • Final Examination: The final exam must be taken during week 15. It will consist of 50 multiple-choice and True/False questions covering chapters 8-13. Each question will be worth 2 points.
  • Other assignments: There are some additional assignments you will required to complete that are not given a separate grade, such as submitting contact information to the dropbox, submitting your FEMA form NFA credit, and submitting your essay sources and rough draft. That does not mean these assignments are optional. Failing to complete them will effect your grades in this class.

Graded Items

7 Discussions, 2.85 points each20 points
7 Quizzes, 2.85 points each20 points
Mid-term exam, 20 points20 points
Essay, 20 points20 points
Final exam, 20 points20 points
Total Points100


Class Participation:

Remember that you are in a college classroom, even though this class is online. Be professional and courteous. Attendance is required.

Late Policy:

If you miss two (2) or more DISCUSSIONS, you will be considered absent for the rest of the course unless you check with the instructor. Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory performance in this course.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on August 28, 2017