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ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGEEngineering Technologies and Computer Sciences DivisionUCC 140 – Fire Protection Inspector ICS – Part ICourse OutlineCourse Number & Name: UCC 140 Fire Protection Inspector ICS – Part ICredit Hours: 4.0 Contact Hours: 4.0 Lecture: 4.0 Lab: N/A Other: N/APrerequisites: None Co-requisites: None Concurrent Courses: NoneEffective Date: Spring 2012Course Description: This course is designed to satisfy the educational requirement for mastery of theFire Protection Subcode for residential and small commercial structures. The course is based on the NewJersey Uniform Construction Code and the (ICC) International Building Code. It covers techniques forplan review, materials testing, field inspection, and report writing. It is part one of a two-part 120-hourcourse required for licensure as Fire Protection Inspector ICS.Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:1. demonstrate knowledge of the organization and content of the UCC and the fire protection subcode;2. identify, describe, and apply systems design and installation practices required by the UCC and/or itsreferenced standards for active and passive fire suppression to determine the adequacy of firedetection and fire alarm systems in plan review;3. demonstrate knowledge of basic fire protection requirements; and4. identify and describe information pertaining to the structural, architectural, mechanical, fireprotection, and electrical features of a building that must be shown on the plans to ensurecompliance with the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code.Measurable Course Performance Objectives (MPOs): Upon successful completion of this course, students should specifically be able to do the following:1. Demonstrate knowledge of the organization and content of the UCC and the fire protection subcode:1.1 summarize the history of the UCC from 1977 to present;1.2 discuss the background, purpose, and history of the fire protection subcode; and1.3 discuss and describe the relevance of fire protection subcode in local government structure andits relation to construction code enforcement programs at other levels of governmentMeasurable Course Performance Objectives (MPOs) (continued): page 1prepared by T Simpson, Spring 20122. Identify, describe, and apply systems design and installation practices required by the UCC and/or itsreferenced standards for active and passive fire suppression to determine the adequacy of firedetection and fire alarm systems in plan review:2.1 identify, describe, and apply relative enforcement actions of all adoptive reference standards;2.2 identify, describe, and apply NFPA Standard 13 (sprinklers); and2.3 identify, describe, and apply NFPA Standard 14 (alarms)3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic fire protection requirements:3.1 identify and describe height and area limitations (IBC Reference Table 503);3.2 identify and describe fire resistance ratings of structural components, arrangement, sizing, andprotection of means of egress;3.3 discuss and explain flame spread and smoke-generated requirements;3.4 discuss combustibility of materials;3.5 identify and describe the requirements for installation of fire detection;3.6 identify, describe, and explain alarm and suppression systems;3.7 identify, describe, and explain fire protection requirements relative to chimneys, flues, and vents;and3.8 identify, describe, and explain fire protection requirements relative to heating equipment andappliances4. Identify and describe information pertaining to the structural, architectural, mechanical, fireprotection, and electrical features of a building that must be shown on the plans to ensurecompliance with the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code:4.1 identify and describe required information for plan review; and4.2 identify and describe relative variation procedures complaint with UCC requirementsMethods of Instruction: Instruction will consist of a combination of lecture and discussion, plan review,report writing, and field trips.Outcomes Assessment: Quiz and exam questions are blueprinted to course objectives. Checklist rubricsare used to evaluate the level of student ability in performing field inspections. Data is collected andanalyzed to determine the level of student performance on these assessment instruments in regards tomeeting course objectives. The results of this data analysis are used to guide necessary pedagogicaland/or curricular revisions. NOTE : All quizzes/exams administered are designed to help prepare studentsfor the NJ State Licensing Examination and follow the code requirements set by the DCA.Course Requirements: All students are required to:page 2prepared by T Simpson, Spring 20121. Take a minimum of two written quizzes as scheduled.2. Take one written midterm exam on material presented in resource chapters and in class lecture.3. Actively participate in classroom activities and field trips4. Attend classes. (NOTE : Students must attend at least 90% of class sessions to pass this course.)5. Take a comprehensive final exam as scheduled.Methods of Evaluation: Final course grades will be computed as follows: % of Grading Components final course grade- Attendance/Class Participation 10%Active participation and discussion in class demonstratesknowledge of course code requirements and plan review.- 2 or more Quizzes (as scheduled by instructor) 20%Quiz performance demonstrates knowledge of materialcovered and will provide evidence of the level of studentmastery of the course objectives.- Midterm Exam 20%The Midterm Exam will provide evidence of the level ofstudent mastery of the course objectives and synthesis ofcourse material covered in the first half of the course.- Final Exam 50%The comprehensive Final Exam will provide evidence ofthe level of student mastery of the course objectives andsynthesis of course material covered in the entire course.Students must demonstrate competence and workingplan review, field inspection, material testing, and reportwriting.page 3prepared by T Simpson, Spring 2012Academic Integrity: Dishonesty disrupts the search for truth that is inherent in the learning process andso devalues the purpose and the mission of the College. Academic dishonesty includes, but is notlimited to, the


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