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SFTY 420 : Systems Design for Fire & Life Safety

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Systems Design for Fire & Life Safety
This course centers on design principles involved in building construction standards and building codes to ensure maximum life and property safety from fires, explosions, and natural disaster. Egress design specifications, occupancy and construction classifications, and fire protection requirements for buildings will be covered.

This course is designed to familiarize students with the basic information applicable in organizational Life Safety Code utilization at home and in the workplace. Students will understand how to develop a fire and disaster plan, as well as the development of code compliant construction, installation and human occupancy standards and regulations.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Define the purpose of the Fire and Life Safety Code, as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

2. Identify and define the principles, concepts, and terminology discussed in the selected text.

3. Describe the basic concept of Performance Based Life Safety.

4. Describe the need for fire and life safety and the issues that must be applied when building a program, which is compliant with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other regulatory agencies.

5. Distinguish the factors that influence "risk taking", and management control over "risk taking."

6. Analyze how the following specific elements will be incorporated in the Fire and Life Safety program: a) Means of Egress b) Occupancy and Hazard Contentsc) Building Service and Fire Protection d) Features of fire protection equipment including specifications and limitations e) Building Construction, including contents, furniture, and furnishings. f) Special considerations such as high-rise buildings, educational facilities, day-care operations, health care facilities, hotels, apartments, residential dwellings, and correctional facilities. g) Existing businesses, remodeling, and new business occupancies.

7. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Curt Lewis - 3/1/2015
Mr. Scott Burgess - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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