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FIRE 2365 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

FIRE 2365 - Hazardous Materials II

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

A continuing study of hazardous materials I. Emphasis will be placed on hazard and risk assessment and site control. The discussion will include standard operating procedures and termination of an incident as well as advanced control techniques.

Course Outcomes:

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

  • ​Be familiar with laws and regulations.
  • Discuss how to implement an Emergency Response Plan.
  • Be familiar with identification systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function within an assigned role in the Incident Command System.
  • Implement use of the Emergency Response Guidebook.
  • Be knowledgeable in selecting and using the proper protective equipment (PPE).
  • Understand defensive operations, decontamination procedures, and terrorism awareness.
  • Communicate hazmat incidents for law enforcement.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Acceptable placement scores or completion of all Writing and Reading Learning Support Competencies and an ACT Math sub-score of 19 (or equivalent) or completion of MATH 1005, 1130, 1710 or higher with a grade of C or higher. Successful completion of FIRE 2355.

Course Topics:

This course begins with module 9, chapter 9, following the FIRE 2355 Hazardous Materials I course.

  • Module 9 Technical Decontamination
  • Module 10 Mass Decontamination
  • Module 11 Evidence Preservation and Sampling
  • Module 12 Product Control
  • Module 13 Victim Rescue and Recovery
  • Module 14 Response To Illicit laboratories
  • Module 15 Air Monitoring and Sampling
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:

There are supplemental materials located under content to assist in the completion of the course successfully with no additional 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:

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

Percent RangeMinimum PointsAssigned Grade
90 - 1003,150 - 3,500A
80 - 892,800 - 3,149B
70 - 792,450 - 2,799C
60 - 692,100 - 2,449D
Below 600 -2,099F

Graded Items

7 Module Quizzes @ 50 points each   350
7 Module Tests @ 150 points each1,050
14 Homework Assignments (Chapter Review & Problem-solving Analysis) 100 points each1,400
7 Discussions @ 100 points each   700
Total Points3,500
Grading Scale:

Assigned Grade will be compiled from cumulative points from tests, quizzes, homework, and discussions.

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, seven module online quizzes, and seven online tests. The designated time for which each homework assignment and module test can be taken is shown in the course calendar and are to be submitted in the assignment dropbox in the allotted time.

Discussions: You will have 7 modules each of which will have a required discussion 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 corresponding questions. 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 and 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. Websites are an accepted source. It is not mandatory to respond to another student's response, but it is permissible; when responding to another student's post - a quick answer response is permitted without being written using complete sentences.

Homework: Each module contains two homework assignments: 1) a Chapter Review assignment consisting of ten questions, and 2) a Problem-Solving Analysis assignment consisting of three or four questions. Both assignments are to be submitted through the assignment 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 file (.rtf), pdf, or word document (.doc / .docx) 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.

Quizzes: Each module quiz will consist of ten multiple choice 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-five 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 35 minutes. There will be a 5-minute grace period.

Class Participation:

The Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, and Tests are on a locked or unlocked basis. That means they are only available for a specific period of time. You are expected to pay close attention to the course calendar and due dates in order to complete work on time. 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, textbook 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. All work must be submitted through the assignment dropbox in D2L to be considered for a grade. No assignments will be accepted via email.

Late Policy:

Students are expected to submit assignments before or on the due dates. Class participation depends on the submission of assignments in a timely manner. Assignments that are turned in late will be subject to 10 points reduction each week. Extensions are given only at the instructor's discretion, and he/she reserves the right to refuse late work if he/she does not deem your excuse valid.

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 November 20, 2018