SRJC Course Outlines

11/30/2022 6:59:45 AMFIRE 72 Course Outline as of Fall 1991

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  FIRE 72Title:  FIRE BEHAV/COMBUST  
Full Title:  Fire Behavior and Combustion
Last Reviewed:9/10/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  FIRE 60A

Catalog Description:
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Theory and fundamentals of how fires start, spread, and are controlled. An in-depth study of fire chemistry and physics, fire characteristics of materials, extinguishing and fire control techniques.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100A or ENGL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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State Core Course. Theory & fundamentals of how fires start, spread, & are controlled. An in-depth study of fire chemistry & physics, fire characteristics of materials, extinguishing & fire control techniques.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100A or ENGL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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  1.  Identify the difference between matter and energy.
 2.  Identify some of the terminology, definitions, and phenomena
     of chemistry.
 3.  Identify the basic laws of energy and mass.
 4.  Compare basic chemistry and chemistry as it relates to the
     science of fire.
 5.  Compare the difference between the English and International
     (SI System) Systems of Measurement.
 6.  Identify and demonstrate the universal fire service quantity
 7.  Compare the three physical states of matter.
 8.  Identify how physical forces caused by fire can effect changes
     in the physical states of matter.
 9.  Identify the various testing methods for determining ignition
     temperature of solids, liquids, and gases.
10.  Identify the difference between a compound, mixture, and a
11.  Identify the NFPA National fire Codes of combustible and
     flammable liquids.
12.  Identify three factors that control heat evolution from fires.
13.  Identify the various forms of heat and the methods of heat
14.  List at least five chemical, electrical, and mechanical sources
     of heat.
15.  Identify the ignition temperature, combustion properties, and
     smoke and toxic gases generated from burning common combustible
     solids, liquids, and gases.
16.  Identify common polymer plastics and their combustion
17.  Compare common thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics.
18.  Identify some common gases of importance in fire protection.

Topics and Scope
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  1.  Introduction to the basic "stuff" of our world.
 2.  Units of measurements.
 3.  Chemical reactions.
 4.  Fire and the physical world.
 5.  Heat and its effects.
 6.  Properties of solid materials.
 7.  Common flammable liquids and gases.
 8.  Fire extinguishment.
 9.  Classification of fire and extinguishing agents.
10.  Gas and halon extinguishing agents.
11.  Department of Transportation hazard classes.
12.  Introduction to placarding.
13.  Introduction to labeling.
14.  Hazards of chemicals.

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  The student will:
     1. Analyze a typical transportation load of hazardous materials,
        and determine the proper placarding, and determine incompatible
     2. Define in writing the physical properties of dangerous chemicals.
     3. Explain, analyze, compare, and present the theory of fire and
        compare the applications of various extinguishment techniques.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 20%
Written homework
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 10%
Homework problems, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 10%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
25 - 80%
Multiple choice, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Quin Tiere, Principles of Fire Behavior, Delmar Thomson, 1998.

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