SRJC Course Outlines

11/13/2019 4:32:53 AMFIRE 72 Course Outline as of Spring 2012

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  FIRE 72Title:  FIRE BEHAVIOR/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 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 fire ignition, extension, behavior and control.  An in-depth study of fire chemistry, fire characteristics of materials, extinguishing and fire control techniques.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Theory and fundamentals of fire ignition, extension, behavior and control.  An in-depth study of fire chemistry, fire characteristics of materials, extinguishing and fire control techniques.
(Grade Only)

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

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

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

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Summarize the impact of fire in the United States
2.  Describe the activities conducted by fire research agencies
3.  Identify the systems of measurement used in the scientific study of fire behavior
4.  Describe the difference between matter and energy
5.  Identify the three physical states of matter
6.  Summarize the nomenclature used in the scientific study of fire behavior
7.  Describe the chemistry of natural fire combustion
8.  Summarize the laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer
9.  Describe the three modes of combustion
10.Distinguish between the different types of ignition and the factors that influence them
11. Analyze the chemistry of flame spread as it relates to fire behavior
12. Define the concept of burn rate and the variables that effect its performance
13. Identify the common products of combustion and their hazards
14. Describe the development of fire in an enclosed environment and the influence of smoke movement and ventilation
15. Describe the most effective suppression methods on the various classes of fire
16. Identify the environmental factors that affect the start and spread of a wildland fire
17. Define explosive fire behavior and distinguish between the different types of explosions

Topics and Scope
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I.   Introduction To The Study Of Fire
      A.  History of fire
      B.  Natural causes of fire
      C.  Fire's impact on society
      D.  Fire research
      E.  Systems of measurement
II.  Matter and Combustion
      A.  Matter
      B.  Properties
      C.  Chemical change
      D.  Conservation of mass and energy
      E.  Types of natural fires
      F.  Combustion in natural fires
III. Heat Transfer and the Three Theories of Fire
      A.  Thermodynamics
      B.  Heat Transfer
      C.  The theories of fire
IV.  Ignition
      A.  Piloted and auto ignition
       B. Humidity chemical kinetics
       C. Evaporation
       D. Boiling point
       E. Flammable limits
       F.  Flash point
       G.  Spontaneous combustion
       H.  Solid fuels ignition
 V.   Flame Spread
       A. Smoldering and flaming combustion
       B. Surface combustion
       C. Flame and fire spread
       D. Wind aided and opposed flow
       E. Pyrolsis
       F. Flame spread on solid surfaces
      G.  Flame spread on porous arrays
      H.  Flame spread on liquids
       I.  Typical spread rates
      J.  Standard test methods
VI.  Burn Rates
       A. Mass loss rate
       B. Mass burn rate
       C. Mass burning flux
       D. Burn rate variables
       E.  Heat of gasification
       F.  Energy release rates
VII. Combustion Products
       A.  Chemical composition
       B.  Burn process
       C.  Yields
       D.  Concentrations
       E.  Hazards
VIII. Compartment Fires
       A.  Stages of fire development
       B.  Compartment dynamics
IX.   Extinguishment Theory
       A. Classes of fire
       B. Methods of extinguishment
 X.   Wildland Fire Behavior
       A.  The fire triangle
       B.  Modes of heat transfer
       C.  Environmental factors
       D.  Fuel types and factors
       E.  Topography
       F.  Fire weather
XI.   Explosive Fire Behavior
       A.  Types of explosions
       B.  Cause of explosions
       C.  Explosion reaction
       D.  Strength of explosives

Assignments:
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1. Reading 20 to 30 pages per week
2. Research paper
3. Glossary assignment
4. Group research project and oral presentation
5.  Oral presentation evaluations
6.  8 - 11 quizzes

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%
Research paper, glossary assignment
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Research paper, group presentation
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Group presentation, group evaluations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 60%
Quizzes, exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Principles of Fire Behavior, Quintiere, James G., Delmar Publishers, 1998, (Classic)
Instructor Prepared Materials.

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