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FAEI Course Descriptions

FSE 101 Fire Prevention. (3) A.  An introduction to fire and safety related codes; fire prevention methods; mechanical systems; and engineering solutions for hazards.  An in-depth look at the Life Safety Code, the function and testing of fire related building components.

FSE 120 Fire Behavior and Combustion. (3) A.  Introduction to the chemistry and dynamics of fire; including basic terminology and concepts that are applied to the physical and chemical properties of the development and spread of fire in a structure; hazardous materials and the Computer Fire Analysis.

FSE 201 Building Construction. (3) A.  A review of the analysis of building construction methods and terminology. A systems approach to designing building fire safety; the Life Safety Code; the function of and testing of rated building components, evaluating plans for code compliance.

FSE 201S Building Construction. (3) A. A review of the analysis of building construction methods and terminology using a service learning approach. A systems approach to designing building fire safety; the Life Safety Code; the function of and testing of building components, evaluating plans for code compliance. Credit will not be awarded for both FSE 201 and FSE 201S.

FSE 221 Fire Protection Systems. (3) A.  Prerequisites:  FSE 101, FSE 120.  Introduction to fire detection, protection, control systems and extinguishment.  Fixed and portable systems of the following types will be studied:  automatic sprinklers, standpipes, dry chemical, foam, halogenated agents, fire alarm systems and diction.

FSE 223 Fire and Emergency Scene Operations (3) A.  Prerequisite:  FSE 201 or FSE 201S. Principles of Incident Management including emergency scene decisions, strategies, and tactics. Utilizing emergency control resources such as personnel, apparatus, and equipment.

FSE 250 Introduction to Fire Arson and Explosion Investigations.  (3) A.  An introductions to fire, arson, and explosion investigation.  Topics include a historical overview of arson and terrorism statues, sources of information, the federal role in fire and explosion investigation, explosives and improvised explosive devices.

FSE 260 Proving Criminal Acts. (3) A. A study of crimes and the methodical steps in the investigation and proving of criminal acts. Explore defenses/legal remedies to enable the student to understand the obligations of managing an investigation.

FSE 280 Constitutional Criminal Procedure. (3) A. Examines the legal implications of obtaining evidence directly from the suspect. Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, and rules of evidence are discussed as they relate to the investigation of criminal acts.

FSE 305 Hazardous Materials. (3) A. Prerequisite:  FSE 120.  Cross-listed with OSH 305.Study of hazardous material problems in transportation, storage, and use.  Chemical properties relating to specific reactions, engineering controls, and control in an emergency situation.  Emphasis on the role of pre‑emergency planning, combating, coordinating, and controlling a hazardous materials incident. Credit will not be awarded for both FSE 305 and OSH 305.

FSE 330 Principles of Criminal Investigation. (3) A. Prerequisites: FSE 300 or FSE 300W, FSE 260, and FSE 280. A detailed study of the investigative procedure as it applies to fire, arson, explosion and other personal property crimes.

FSE 349 Applied Learning in Fire and Safety Engineering. (.5‑8) A.  Cross-listed with OSH 349. Prerequisite:  departmental approval.  Work in placements related to academic studies.  One to eight hours credit per semester or summer.  Total hours: eight, associate; sixteen, baccalaureate.  A minimum of 80 hours employment required for each semester hour credit. Credit will not be awarded for both FSE 349 and OSH 349.

FSE 349 A-N Cooperative Study:  Fire and Safety Engineering. (.5‑8) A.  Cross-listed with OSH 349 A-N. Prerequisite: departmental approval.  Work in placements related to academic studies.  One to eight hours credit per semester or summer.  Total hours: eight, associate; sixteen, baccalaureate.  A minimum of 80 hours employment required for each semester hour credit. Credit will not be awarded for both FSE 349 A-N and OSH 349 A-N.

FSE 350 Fire Arson and Explosion Investigation I. (3) A.  Prerequisite:  FSE 120.  An in-depth study in the analysis of fire, arson, and explosion scenes.  Emphasis will be placed on the principles and techniques of scene preservation and analysis, management of investigative functions, documentation of the scene, and determination of the cause and origin of fire.

FSE 355 Fire Dynamics. (3) A.  Prerequisites:  CHE 101(or higher), FSE 120, and MAT 107 or 114(or higher).  An introduction to fire-related measurement techniques, advanced fire and combustion concepts and associated terminology. This courses includes basic numerical methods for understanding fire dynamics.

FSE 370 Electrical and Mechanical Systems Failure Analysis. (3) A. Overview of design criteria for electrical and mechanical systems and components relative to fire safety via laboratory experiments, exemplar components and photographs that depict system and component failures that result in fire.  Learning opportunities include engaging in destructive and non-destructive analysis of components and systems.

FSE 380 Fire and Explosion Scene Analysis. (3) A.  Prerequisite:  FSE 350.  An in-depth study of fire, arson, and explosive investigations. Emphasis will be placed on the principles and techniques of scene preservation, analysis, management of investigations, documentation of the scene and determination of cause and origin.

FSE 450 Advanced Explosion and Bombing Investigation. (3) A.  Prerequisite:  FSE 380.  An in-depth study of explosion scene investigation. Emphasis will be placed on the principles and techniques of scene preservation analysis, management of investigative functions, documentation of scene, and determination of the cause of explosions.

FSE 495 Fire Arson and Explosion Case Preparation.  (3) A.  Prerequisite:  FSE 450.  Preparation of the fire, arson, and explosion case  for trial, including preparation of demonstrative evidence, scene documentation for presentation, rules of evidence, case review and analysis, and testimony.

FSE 496 Fire Investigation Case Preparation. (3) Prerequisite: FSE 450. Preparation of the fire and arson case for trial, including preparation of demonstrative evidence, scene documentation for presentation, and testimony.

FSE 499 Practicum. (1‑12) A.  Prerequisite:  departmental approval. Supervised field observation, research, and/or experience.

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