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FIRE 2375 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

FIRE 2375 - Hazardouos Materials Chemistry

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course provides basic chemistry knowledge relating to the categories of hazardous materials including recognition, identification, reactivity, and health hazards encountered by emergency services. This course is not intended to satisfy the natural science requirement for the AAS degree.

Course Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate the utilization of ERG, SDS, and other reference materials to determine an incidence response.
  • Understand the basic chemistry of hazardous materials based on physical properties and chemical properties.
  • Identify the routes of entry of hazardous materials in the body and their health effects.

Other Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Identity and describe the common elements of the Periodic Table.
  • Distinguish between elements, compounds, and mixtures.
  • Explain the difference between ionic and covalent bonding.
  • Define the basic chemistry involved with common hydrocarbon derivatives.
  • Describe the basic chemical and physical properties of gases, liquids, and solids.
  • Discuss the nine U.S. Department of Transportation hazard classes and their respective divisions.
  • Demonstrate the utilization of guidebooks and MSDS, and other reference materials to determine an initial course of action.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

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

Course Topics:
  • Module 1 - Introduction (OSHA)
  • Module 2 - Features of Matter and Energy
  • Module 3 - Flammable Gases and Liquids
  • Module 4 - Chemical Forms of Matter
  • Module 5 - Principles of Chemical Reactions
  • Module 6 - DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations
  • Module 7 - Chemistry of Common Elements
  • Module 8 - Chemistry of Corrosive Materials
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:

No additional textbooks are required for this course; however, hand-outs will be provided as needed within the module for your accessibility at no additional cost with the exception of minimal printing cost.

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:

The final letter grade for this course will be assigned based on the following scale.

Percent RangeMinimum PointsAssigned Grade
90 - 1003,600A
80 - 893,200B
70 - 792,800C
60 - 692,400D
Below 60Below 2,399F

Graded Items


Grading Scale:
8 Module Tests @ 100 points each800
8 Module Quizzes @ 100 points each800
16 Homework Assignments (Chapter Review & Supplemental) @ 100 points each1,600
8 Discussions @ 100 points each800
Total Points4,000


Assignments and Projects:

The student should plan on completing one module each week in the order shown on the Module link in Desire2Learn. Assignments for this course will consist of a homework set for each module, nine module on-line quizzes and nine on-line tests. The designated time of which each homework assignment and module test can be taken is shown in the course calendar and are to be submitted in the dropbox in the allotted time.

Class Participation:

Content: The Dropbox, Discussions, Quizzes, and Tests are on a locked or unlocked basis. That means they are only available for a specific period of time. Please check the calendar for all due dates, found under Course Tools.

Discussions: You will have 8 modules of which each will have a discussion posted that must be completed before the deadline. Discussions are an essential part of online classes, and require critical thinking. The discussion consists of a case study with questions to follow.  Your response to the case study is NOT to be written in bullet form, but in paragraph form.  The response(s) should not exceed four paragraphs of which the paragraphs can be short, but succinctly written using complete sentences. In addition, responses are to be supported with two references; one source must come from the textbook indicating the topic or concept with the page number, and one external source citing the source using MLA format of which websites are an accepted source.  It is suggested to offer a response to other student's initial response, when deemed necessary; however, in the event a student does not respond to another student - it will not count against students in the grading process.  When responding to another student's response; a quick answer response is permitted without being written using complete sentences.  

Homework: The homework assignments will be located in the “content” and the “dropbox” with the due dates appearing in the calendar. The homework assignments will be comprised of two components – 1) Chapter Review questions (5), and 2) Supplemental questions (10), of which both are to be submitted through the dropbox.  Your responses to homework questions will vary in length depending on the nature of the question. Be specific and thorough in your responses. All assignments must be turned in as either rich text files (.rtf), pdf, or word document (.doc) to receive a proper grade. No other file types will be accepted.

Individual assignment details will be found in the description of each module assignment. See Course Content for details on each assignment.

Quizzes: Each module quiz will consist of ten True-False questions in preparation for the chapter test. You have only one attempt at each quiz. Each quiz is timed and must be completed in 20 minutes. There will be a 5-minute grace period.

Tests: Each module test will consist of twenty multiple-choice questions based on the homework, discussions, and the textbook. You will be allowed only one attempt to take each test.  Each test is timed and must be completed in 30 minutes. There will be a 5-minute grace period.

Late Policy:

Planning your week is of vital importance. To keep yourself on track plan to do the following each week: work through a module with its assigned lecture videos, text book reading and homework submission. Participate in the discussions; they will be of great help in understanding the material. Be diligent in being proactive and productive. No assignments will be accepted via email.

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.


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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 18, 2017