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 Course Title:   Building Construction For Fire Protection

 Title Abbreviation:   BLDG CONSTRUC FIRE PROTC

 Department:    FIRE

 Course #:    103

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430203

 EPC:    828

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Concepts of building construction, structure rating and classification, and uniform codes. Building systems including floors, ceilings, walls, roofs and building support systems. Building collapse and firefighter safety in burning buildings.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the principles of building construction and how it affects the fire service.
  2. Understand the principles used in the design of buildings.
  3. Identify a building and correctly apply the classification system for the building in accordance with the International Fire Code.
  4. Identify the important structural principals and features of a building and be familiar with the various types of building materials and how they affect structural integrity.
  5. Understand how structural systems are used in building construction.
  6. Identify critical size-up issues such as smoke, heat, and fire travel inside a structure, and predict the path or method of travel based upon the building construction features.
  7. Identify critical building collapse size-up issues and predict a building’s tendency toward collapse.
  8. Identify critical safety issues that affect firefighter safety for each classification of construction and identify appropriate measures to enhance the safety of emergency responders.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

Course Contents

  1. Building construction & the fire service.
  2. Design principles.
  3. Building classifications.
  4. Structural principles.
  5. Building materials.
  6. Structural systems.
  7. Floors and ceilings.
  8. Walls and roofs.