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FSMT340 - Incendiary Fire Analysis and Investigation

Course Details

Course Code: FSMT340 Course ID: 3303 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to meet the levels of mastery established by the National Fire Academy, NFPA 1021 and NFPA 1033. These standards are agreed upon by professionals across the fire service community as the foundational benchmarks that all individuals should know at the completion of this course. This course examines technical, investigative, legal, and managerial approaches to the arson problem, including principles of incendiary fire analysis and detection, environmental and psychological factors of arson, gang-related arson, legal considerations and trial preparations, managing the fire investigation unit, intervention and mitigation strategies, and shaping the future.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Illustrate the core concepts of fire investigations
  • Differentiate between the various products of combustion
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of today’s fire investigations
  • Distinguish between the different types of fires and how they are investigated
  • Relate hazardous material emergencies to fire investigations
  • Examine the science of fire investigation analysis
  • Formulate and put forth a research paper examining a fire investigation related subject
NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Introduction Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Papers 70.00 %
Week Four Paper 35.00 %
Week Eight Paper 35.00 %

Supplemental Materials:

National Fire Academy (2006) Standards for Incendiary Fire Analysis and Investigation. Available [online]:

Expert Law - Source for Legal Information

International Association of Arson Investigators

National Association of State Fire Marshals

National Association of Fire Investigators

Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.