FRPT1161 Building Construction for the Fire Service

This course is designed to teach the student the principles used in constructing various types of buildings. The overall goal of this course is to provide knowledge about the classifications system of buildings, the importance of fire resistance for structural support elements, and the risks associated with performing fire suppression activities inside and around buildings involved with fire.





Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Discover construction principles 
Classify major types of building construction 
Identify the characteristics of building materials  
Detect structural elements  
Diagnose structural assemblies  
Explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a buildings and their interrelationships  
Determine predicted fire behavior 
Apply risk analysis to building safety 
Differentiate between firestopping and draftstopping 
Discover the difference between noncombustible and fire-resistive construction 

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE).  Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals.  Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
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Credit Details