FIRE PROTECTION AND SAFETY ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
FSE 499 COURSE SYLLABUS
COURSE: FSE 499-Practicum
CREDIT HOUR: 2 Credit Hours
(Or as Needed By Student and Approved by the Instructor of Record)
Course Description: Supervised field observation, research, and /or experience. A variable credit independent study designed to permit the student to conduct scholarly research (theoretical or applied) on a topic of interest which is relevant to his/her educational and future career objectives. For each credit hour registered, students must complete 5 pages (ex. 3 credit hours = 15 page report, which does NOT include the cover page, table of contents or any photos or tables). Additional activities or achievements may wave portion of the length requirements with approval of the instructor of record.
Required Text: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (current) or any college level research textbook. Access to the Purdue OWL https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html is also accessible.
- To organize, plan, and execute a research project in a professional manner.
- To attend and complete a professional continuing education conference or training seminar in support of identified research agenda.
- To utilize the library and online resources for literature review.
- Utilize appropriate fire and life safety codes including NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033.
- To manage one’s project according to the established timeline.
- To produce an ORIGINAL scholarly paper which includes both reflection on the topics covered during your conference and further research on those topics which includes, but is not limited to the following:
Table of contents
Chapter I - Introduction of the conference and topics covered (includes specific research questions and statement on the topics).
Chapter II - Review of the literature.
Chapter III – Presentation of student’s conference reflection and continued research findings grouped by topic
Chapter IV - Conclusion and recommendation (s).
Chapter V - Bibliography and appendices.
The instructor is available by appointment to assist the student. A grade penalty of 10% will be assessed for each day that an assignment is late.
Research Paper Outline
Chapter 1 - 10 points
Chapter II - 10 points
Chapter III - 10 points
Chapter IV - 10 points
Chapter V - 10 points
Total Points = 100
Present yourself and behave in a professional manner 50 points while attending and representing EKU at the conference (*See section below for more details*); receive and submit a certificate of completion from the conference.
- Format: All papers must be typed and follow APA format.
- Technical content: Accuracy, thoroughness, and relevance.
- Grammar and writing style: Spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure, effectiveness, and clarity.
- You MUST cite the sources of all quoted or source information in foot or end notes.
- Failure to do so will result in reduction of your grade!
- Must include NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033 as part of your references.
- Plagiarism will result in an automatic grade of “F” for the semester.
- Failure to have received approval for your conference prior to attending will result in no credit being given for the conference attended. You will still have to attend an approved conference.
- Failure to complete the EKU course registration process for FSE 499 prior to attending you conference will result in no credit being given for the conference attended.
- Failure to meet the professional behavior expectations listed below will result in a grade of F for the course.
A= 90% and above
B=80 - 89%
C=70 - 79%
D=60 - 69%
F=59% and below
Missed and Late Assignments: Missed or late assignments will NOT be accepted by the instructor, unless prior approval has been obtained from the instructor. Therefore, if the student fails to turn in an assignment without the prior approval of the instructor no credit will be given for the assignment. The instructor reserves the sole right to determine what grounds constitutes a reasonable excuse for missing or submitting a late work assignment, the right to require the student to submit proper verification of such excuse, and the right to substitute or add additional assignments in lieu of late or missed assignments.
Professional Conduct and Representation of EKU and the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology (FPSET) Program Degrees:
***Read This Section Carefully***
As a student representing EKU and the FPSET program degrees you are expected to conduct yourself in business/professional manner. EKU FPSET has decades of history sending students to conferences to enhance their knowledge, skills, employability, and professional standing. This has taken decades of hard work by the faculty to network attendance by our students.
You are representing EKU Fire Programs at what is essentially a job interview with a room full of employers, EKU faculty Peers and industry coworkers. EKU faculty are known worldwide and every single conference a student attends we get feedback on their professionalism and behavior. Students’ behavior is noted by attendees and in the case of positive professional behavior will result in the beginning of a positive professional reputation in the industry.
Likewise, when students engage in unprofessional behavior it is often quickly, and in real time, reported by those that know the faculty at EKU FPSET. This is rare but these few students struggle to find references and employment in the rather small industries served by our degrees.
The expectation of our students is that they follow professional and societal norms and reflect a positive image of EKU FPSET. Professional Behavior includes but is not limited to:
- Timely attendance at all session of the conference. Timely in the business world means 15 minutes early.
- Business dress and appearance for all lecture activities attended to include personal hygiene, professional dress, and preparation of clothing,
- Appropriate dress for any hands-on activity including the required safety and PPE items. Students should inquire about these requirements in advance of the conference
- Professional behavior including but not limited to:
a. Keeping conversations professional and on topic.
b. Being passionate but polite during conversations with other attendees or when interacting during learning activities.
c. Disengaging from discussing or spreading of rumors or participation in character assignation of any peer, faculty, staff, or fellow student.
d. Abstain from the use of alcohol during conference hours. This should also include after hours in a manner which will be reflected in your demeanor the following morning. Those that are not of legal age shall not consume alcohol.
Any conference or activity you attend as a EKU Student reflects on the university as a whole and makes you a direct representative of Eastern Kentucky University and the FPSET Program. Students should also be familiar with the student code of conduct and other University expectations of student behavior during EKU related activities.
The following information pertaining to academic dishonesty issues was downloaded from http://www.academicintegrity.eku.edu/
Academic integrity is a fundamental value for the Eastern Kentucky University community of students, faculty, and staff. It should be clearly understood that academic dishonesty is not tolerated and incidents of it will have serious consequences. Anyone who knowingly assists in any form of academic dishonesty shall be considered as responsible as the student who accepts such assistance and shall be subject to the same sanctions. Academic dishonesty can occur in different forms, some of which include cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication.
Students with Disabilities: If you are registered with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, please make an appointment with the course instructor to discuss any academic accommodations you need. If you need academic accommodations and are not registered with the Office of Services Disabilities, please contact the Office directly either in person on the first floor of the Turley House, or by telephone at (859) 622-1500 V/TTY. Upon request, this syllabus can be made available in alternate forms.
Correspondence with the Instructor: All required papers (topic selection, outlines, rough drafts and finals) must be presented in typed, paper format, NOT e-mail. Students must use their EKU student email to correspond with the instructor and must put FSE 499 in the subject line followed by the topic of the email.