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FIRE 2310 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

FIRE 2310 - Fire Protection Systems

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

Provide information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify water supply basics, including sources, distribution networks, piping, and hydrants.
  • Recognize active fire protection systems and components, their operational characteristics, and installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements.
  • Describe passive fire protection systems such as firewalls, fire separation assemblies, and fire dampers
  • Explain smoke control and management systems, gas-based suppression, access and egress control systems, and the code requirements for installation of these systems.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

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

Course Topics:
  • Chapter 1 Basics of Fire Behavior
  • Chapter 2 Fire Protection Systems and the Model Code Process
  • Chapter 3 Fire Alarm System Components and Functions
  • Chapter 4 Types of Fire Alarm and Detection Systems
  • Chapter 5 Water Supplies for Fire Protection Systems
  • Chapter 6 Standpipe and Hose Systems
  • Chapter 7 Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Chapter 8 Specialized Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
  • Chapter 9 Wet and Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems
  • Chapter 10 Gaseous Agent Extinguishing Systems
  • Chapter 11 Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Chapter 12 Smoke Control and Management Systems
  • Chapter 13 Property Security, Emergency Response, and Fire Protection Systems
Specific Course Requirements:

No specific 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:

Fire Protection Systems, Enhanced Second Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access provides a comprehensive overview of the various types of fire protection systems, their operational abilities and characteristics, and their applications within various types of structures.

If the virtual Bookstore does not have the textbook available, contact Jones and Bartlett Representative Korie Gospodarski or (877) 218-7420 for ordering information.

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

Grading Procedures:

Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale.

Grading Scale:
Points RangeAssigned Grade
1467 - 1630A
1304 - 1466B
1141 - 1303C
 978 - 1140D
under 978F

Graded Items

13 Discussions @ 10 points each13025%
13 Quizzes @ 100 points each130025%
1 Fire Station Visit @ 100 points10020%
1 Final Exam @ 100 points10030%
Total Points1630100%


Assignments and Projects:
  • There are 13 assignments modules and students are expected to submit completed assignments by due dates which are posted in the course calendar. Unless noted otherwise in the course calendar or instructor reminder notes, weekly assignments are available from Mondays 12:01 a.m. to Sundays 11:59 p.m.
  • When an emergency (such as a medical emergency) occurs, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.
  • Each assignment module has a discussion and quiz.
  • There is one Dropbox assignment (Fire Station Visit) that is connected to Module 7.
  • Multiple or late assignment submission will not be accepted.
  • College students are expected to write with proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity, and organization. Failing to do so will result in additional points being deducted from your assignments. Read the syllabus carefully to become knowledgeable of course requirements, to find out how to complete and submit your assignments, and to determine how written replies or answers should be composed and formatted. Everything you write (assignments, discussions, e-mails)is a reflection on how well you present the information.

DO NOT wait until 11:59 PM to attempt a submission. Always make sure your assignment is delivered successfully. It is the student's responsibility to learn the basic structure and mechanics for accessing the courses materials, communicating with the instructor, and completing assignments.

The "Fire Station Visit" assignment MUST be submitted via the DROPBOX. The Summary will not be accepted through personal email. The assignment must be created and submitted using the “.doc” or “.docx”format. All other formats cannot be opened and will not be accepted. Students are responsible for the purchase of all required hardware, software, and materials necessary for TN e-Campus courses. Please visit your home school's computer lab for required software.

Multiple submissions or late submission of assignments will not be accepted.

Instructions to complete and submit assignments:
  1. Save your file to your computer and name the file using your last name + initials of your first name.  Karen Smith = (SmithK).
  2. Save the document using Microsoft Word.
  3. Refer to the TN e-Campus course Dropbox site located in the "Getting Started" module.
  4. Upload your finished assignment.


  • There is no Mid-term Exam.
  • Throughout the semester, there are 13 quizzes and a Final Exam.
  • Each quiz is available for one week (Mondays 12:01 a.m. to Sundays 11:59 p.m.).
  • The quizzes have a 30-45 minute time limit depending on the chapter.
  • Make sure your computer time is synchronized with the learning management system.
  • Students have only one Attempt and need to allocate enough time to take the quizzes & final exam without interruption.
  • Students need to study both textbook and lecture note before taking any test.
  • Quizzes and exams are graded upon completion.
  • When an emergency (such as a medical emergency) occurs, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.


Since we are not in a classroom, we as a class will participate in discussions. Weekly topics are listed for discussions and everyone is expected to participate in the discussion sessions. I have found that grades tend to improve depending upon the level of participation during discussions. Full participation includes:

  1. You are required to provide your personal comments/position/opinion on each subject as well.
  2. You must post first in order to read other posts. All comments are to have substance. Limiting your postings to "I agree" or "I disagree" will not suffice.

If another student or the instructor asks you a question about your postings, you must answer the question. Failure to answer the student/instructor will result in a deduction of points. Discussions mean that we are engaging in student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction. That means you will have to review all comments and respond thoroughly in the thread. I am sure there will be differing opinions, but please be respectful with your comments. Your weekly comments regarding the topic of discussion must be entered prior to Sunday at 11:59 PM.

Failure to follow these guidelines will result in a loss of discussion (participation) points.

Class Participation:
  • Since there is no on-campus meeting, your class attendance, and participation will be graded by consistent class activities. For example, if a student misses an assignment, it is very logical to infer that the student has not studied the assigned chapter of the textbook for the week.
  • Each missing work will reflect your participation score. Log into the learning environment every day to check any announcement or email.
Late Policy:

Always check the course Calendar site for any assignment/quiz due. Late submission will not be accepted. All assignments and quizzes have due dates, therefore you will not have access after a due date has passed. There are no excuses for late materials (assignments, quizzes, discussions) when we have digital drop boxes and a week to complete course work. Remember to manage your time.

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 December 21, 2017