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FSMT201 - Fire Protection Systems

Course Details

Course Code: FSMT201 Course ID: 2923 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course addresses the study of suppression systems and their critical components as well as their application to selected fire protection problems. It will cover the duties, responsibilities and ethical aspects of the Fire Protection Engineer with focus on contract drawings and their relationship to contract specifications, and an actual survey of a large building. It will include the philosophy, history and fundamentals of public and private fire protection, and relations with other disciplines including architecture and the building industry, and will extend to the application of hydraulic theory to a range of design considerations.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Objectives: Please see the Syllabus Outline for the weeks that correspond with these course objectives:

CO-01 Week 1: Understand building and fire codes as well as the different types of fire protection systems found in various structures.

CO-02 Week 2: Recognize the basic components of a fire alarm system and the different types of fire alarm detection systems.

CO-03 Week 3: Understand the basic elements of a public water supply system including sources, distribution networks, piping, pumps, as well as hydrants and the benefits and design of automatic sprinkler systems.

CO-04 Week 4: Examine the different types of standpipe and fire department connections, pressure reducing valves and flow restricting devices, and there uses in high-rise structures.

CO-05 Week 5: Discuss residential sprinkler legislation as well as the advantages and/or disadvantages of residential sprinklers.

CO-06 Week 6: Discuss the lessons learned from past high-rise fire incidents regarding fire protection systems as well as the uses and benefits of wet and dry chemical suppression systems.

CO-07 Week 7: Understand the hazards of smoke, the factors that can influence smoke movement in a building, and the importance of a properly designed smoke management system in a high-rise structure.

CO-08 Week 8: Examine the importance of inspections, testing and maintenance of fire protection systems in high-rise structures.

CO-09 Week 8: Discuss the different types, uses, and benefits of fire protection systems.

Grades for this course will be based upon four grading instruments:

APUS clocks are set for the Eastern Time (ET) zone. If you live in a different time zone, be sure to plan ahead and submit assignments based on Eastern Time (ET) so as to avoid possible late penalties and/or avoid being locked out of a test.

1. Forums (9): There are nine graded forums that can be found by clicking the classroom Forum tab. The student, when directed by the instructor, will respond to the postings of other students. You will not receive a grade until you have responded to the proper number of students or the assignment has closed. Please have your initial post in the forum by 11:55 pm (ET) on Thursday night and your replies posted by 11:55 pm (ET) on Sunday night of the week the Forum assignment is due.

Participation in the forums is mandatory. Your replies must provide more discussion than “good point” or “nice job.” Challenge each other: if you disagree then say so and explain why.

To receive full credit for a forum, you must advance the conversation throughout the week by replying back to those that replied to your initial post.

(Please see the Forum Expectations document in each forum for further explanation).

2. Essay (1): There is one essay that will be based on the readings from this course. The Essay can be found by clicking the Assignments tab on the left hand side of the classroom.

3. Final Project (1): There is a Final Project due by the end of Week 8 and it will be based on the information you learned throughout the course. The Final Project can be found by clicking the Assignments tab on the left hand side of the classroom.

4. Exam (1): There will be one exam, a final.

The Final Exam will open in Week 8 and will be based on the course readings. The Final Exam will consist of 5 short answer/essay questions worth 20 points each. There is no time limit for the exam.

The Exams can be found by clicking the Test and Quizzes link on the left hand side of the classroom.

All due dates are found in the Syllabus Outline.

All graded items for this course will be based on a 100 point grading scale.


This class uses Open Educational Resources.

Please click on the Reading and Resources tab in the weekly Lessons for the links to the readings or you can access the readings through the Course Materials link found on the Lessons homepage.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2015 International Building Code - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; links also provided in the classroom Lessons section. Hard copy not available from the bookstore.
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Ching, Francis
Unit Cost:$60.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.