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FIRE 1320 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

FIRE 1320 - Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services.

Course Outcomes:

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


  • Define and describe the need for cultural and behavioral change within the emergency services relating to safety, incorporating leadership, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.
  • Explain the need for enhancements of personal and organizational accountability for health and safety.
  • Define how the concepts of risk management affect strategic and tactical decision-making.
  • Define and evaluate circumstances that might constitute an unsafe act.
  • Explain the concept of empowering all emergency services personnel to stop unsafe acts.
  • Validate the need for national training standards as they correlate to professional development inclusive of qualifications, certification, and re-certifications.
  • Defend the need for annual medical evaluations and the establishment of physical fitness criteria for emergency services personnel throughout their careers.
  • Explain the vital role of local departments in national research and data collection systems
  • Illustrate how technological advancements can produce higher levels of emergency services safety and survival.
  • Explain the importance of investigating all near-misses, injuries and fatalities.
  • Discuss how incorporating the lessons learned from investigations can support cultural change throughout the emergency services.
  • Describe how obtaining grants can support safety and survival initiatives.
  • Formulate an awareness of how adopting standardized policies for responding to emergency scenes can minimize near-misses, injuries and deaths.
  • Explain how the increase in violent incidents impacts safety for emergency services personnel when responding to emergency scenes.
  • Recognize the need for counseling and psychological support for emergency services personnel, their families, as well as, identify access to local resources and services.
  • Describe the importance of public education as a critical component of life safety programs.
  • Discuss the importance of fire sprinkler and code enforcement.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

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

Course Topics:
  • Fire and Emergency Services Culture
  • Personal and Organizational Accountability
  • Risk Management
  • Unsafe Practices
  • Professional Development
  • Medical, Fitness, Rehab, and Performance Standards
  • Data Collection and Research
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Fatality and Injury Investigations
  • Grant Programs
  • Emergency Response
  • Occupational Behavioral Health in the Emergency Services
  • Public Education, Code Enforcement, and Residential Sprinklers
  • Emergency Response Vehicles and Equipment
Specific Course Requirements:

Students should have a working knowledge of how to operate in the online/Desire2Learn environment.

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:

All quizzes and exams will be taken unproctored online at the student's convenience. All quizzes and tests will consist of multiple-choice and/or True/False questions. Respondus Lockdown browser is not required.

Grading Procedures:

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

Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
  315 - 350 Points (90-100%)  A
  280 - 314 Points (80-89%)B  B
  245 - 279 Points (70-79%)  C
  210 - 244 Points (60-69%)  D
  under 210 Points (under 60%)  F

Graded Items

  7 Discussions, @ 10 points each  70 points
  7 Quizzes, @ 10 points each  70 points
  1 Mid-term, @ 100 points  100 points
  1 Survival Profile, @ 10 points  10 points
  1 Final Exam, @ 100 points  100 points
  Total Course Points  350 points


Assignments and Projects:

Each week you will be responsible for completing a discussion post and replying to peers. Refer to the discussion guidelines and the discussions grading rubric for specifics about how these will be graded.

Survivor Profile:
This assignment will be completed in two parts. During module 5, you will submit a 2-page overview and a Works Cited list. This should be considered a first draft, and you will receive feedback from the instructor. Part two is the final draft due at the end of the class.

There is one multiple-choice quiz for each module covering 2 chapters. Only one attempt per quiz is allowed.

The mid-term and final exams are both 50-question multiple choice tests. The mid-term covers chapters 1-7. The final exam covers chapter 8-14.

Details for each assignment are found in the Discussion, Dropbox, and Quiz items for each module.

Class Participation:

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

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.

Late Policy:

No late work will be accepted. Each module allows students two weeks to complete course assignments for that particular module. Proper time management on the part of the student will ensure ample time for the student to contact the instructor with any issues before the module closes. Extenuating circumstances may be considered by contacting the instructor.

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 July 12, 2021