B.S. Fire Admin – Fire Investigation
b.s. fire admin – fire investigation
Description

The Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration degree program presents the academic foundations for leadership and administration of fire service organizations. The curriculum follows the FESHE-modeled, multi-disciplinary approach, incorporating fire administration, community risk reduction and tactical fireground considerations. The program also encompasses legal frameworks to applied fire service settings as well as a study of employee safety and healthy work environments.

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY’s online B.S. in fire administration with a concentration in fire investigation is one of the most reputable fire professional development programs in the nation. Recognized as the leader in online fire education, THE AU’s fire science program reflects the relevant curriculum and instruction needed to advance into leadership positions within the fire service profession including administration, fire safety and investigation. Fire investigation concentration is taught by expert field practitioners and covers relevant career topics including forensics, evidence collection, analysis and criminal law.

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Upon completion of the program, students should be able to do the following:

  • Synthesize community risk reduction methods related to the fire service.
  • Evaluate industry standard administrative techniques as they relate to organizational management in fire service settings.
  • Analyze cultural human behavior that can affect fire science organizations.
  • Analyze various principles of fire chemistry and fire dynamics and their impacts on emergency situations.
 

 

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Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Administration presents the academic foundations for leadership and administration of fire service organizations. The curriculum follows the FESHE-modeled, multi-disciplinary approach, incorporating fire administration, community risk reduction and tactical fireground considerations. The program also encompasses legal frameworks to applied fire service settings as well as a study of employee safety and healthy work environments. This program of study is recognized by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) through the U. S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA).

Provides the academic foundation for technical and scientific skills required of highly-qualified investigators. Students acquire knowledge and experience from expert field practitioners on a variety of topics and skills in forensics, evidence collection, analysis, and judicial process. Students who complete this concentration will be equipped to meet the requirements and demands of the fire investigation field.

Major Requirements | Total Required Semester Hours: 36

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Concentration Courses : Total Required Semester Hours: 12 HOURS

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Description

Examines the dynamics of ignition, flame spread, and room fire growth and explores all phases of fire and explosion investigation, financial management, and other fire department functions related to incendiary fire analysis and investigation.

Objectives

  1. Identify physical properties associated with different types of fuels.
  2. Recognize the need for an analytical approach to fire investigation and analysis.
  3. Define fire science analysis and investigation organizations and describe their basic characteristics and how these can be applied to fire department personnel and management.
  4. Analyze the primary and secondary sources of ignition, also including appliances, smoking, and electricity.
  5. Describe the various stages of fire development and the role environmental conditions have on fire behavior.
  6. Summarize the combustion process involving flammable liquids, gaseous, and solid fuels.
  7. Identify the investigative process for a fire involving a structure, grass or wildland, a vehicle, or a ship.
  8. Explain how clothing and fabric can be the source of fires and contribute to fire growth.
  9. Recognize the need for and use of laboratory services during the investigative process.
  10. Explain the fire investigator’s role involving fire-related deaths and injuries.
  11. Compare explosions and explosive combustion.
  12. Describe how fires involving chemicals and hazardous materials present their own challenges compared to other types of fire.
  13. Define arson as a crime and other related topics.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Kirk’s fire investigation (Rev: 7th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson Education (2012)
Author: DeHaan, J. D., & Icove, D. J.
ISBN: 9780135082638
Price: $68.97

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

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GENERAL EDUCATION | Total Required Semester Hours: 36

History
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Description

Explores the social, political, and economic history of the United States from the advent of the Gilded Age to the early 21st century.

Outcomes

  1. Describe the impact of industrial expansion on the evolution of big business in the United States.

  2. Identify influences toward urban blight in 19th-century America.

  3. Compare and contrast the turn-of-the-century values of Twain’s Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.

  4. Summarize the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on America’s societal infrastructure.

  5. Contrast varied perspectives concerning America’s presence in the world.

  6. Explain the United States’ role as a superpower during and after the world wars.

  7. Describe the modern challenges and opportunities concerning the United States around the globe.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

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Traces the history of Western civilization, examining developments in Western thought and culture from the 18th century through the 21st century.

Outcomes

  1. Describe the evolution of philosophy in the modern West.

  2. Discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution.

  3. Describe the migration of peoples across the Atlantic Ocean.

  4. Contrast political systems in the Western world.

  5. Explain the changing scope of Western civil roles.

  6. Analyze worldwide political conflict in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  7. Discuss the role of a nation as a world superpower.

  8. Utilize academic resources within the field of history to develop creative and well-reasoned arguments.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

A history of Western society: Vol. 2. From the age of exploration to the present (Rev: 12th ed., concise ed.)

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin’s (2017)
Author: McKay, J. P., Crowston, C. H., Wiesner-Hanks, M. E., & Perry, J.
ISBN: 9781319073893
Price: $70.20

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

 

 

Humanities and Fine Arts
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Description

Examines the dynamics of ignition, flame spread, and room fire growth and explores all phases of fire and explosion investigation, financial management, and other fire department functions related to incendiary fire analysis and investigation.

Objectives

  1. Identify physical properties associated with different types of fuels.
  2. Recognize the need for an analytical approach to fire investigation and analysis.
  3. Define fire science analysis and investigation organizations and describe their basic characteristics and how these can be applied to fire department personnel and management.
  4. Analyze the primary and secondary sources of ignition, also including appliances, smoking, and electricity.
  5. Describe the various stages of fire development and the role environmental conditions have on fire behavior.
  6. Summarize the combustion process involving flammable liquids, gaseous, and solid fuels.
  7. Identify the investigative process for a fire involving a structure, grass or wildland, a vehicle, or a ship.
  8. Explain how clothing and fabric can be the source of fires and contribute to fire growth.
  9. Recognize the need for and use of laboratory services during the investigative process.
  10. Explain the fire investigator’s role involving fire-related deaths and injuries.
  11. Compare explosions and explosive combustion.
  12. Describe how fires involving chemicals and hazardous materials present their own challenges compared to other types of fire.
  13. Define arson as a crime and other related topics.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Kirk’s fire investigation (Rev: 7th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson Education (2012)
Author: DeHaan, J. D., & Icove, D. J.
ISBN: 9780135082638
Price: $68.97

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

English Composition
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Description

Introduces the basic concepts and requirements of college-level writing. This course provides students with the opportunity to implement effective communication skills via the written word.

Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proper use of Standard Written English and the conventions of APA documentation style.
  2. Employ the concepts of audience and perspective when approaching others in the writing situation.
  3. Construct different genres of writing.
  4. Effectively incorporate relevant academic sources containing both qualitative and quantitative data.
  5. Demonstrate critical reading skills that translate to improvement in writing practices, such as the crafting of effective sentences and paragraphs.
  6. Utilize pre-writing and planning strategies for the writing process.
  7. Assert argumentative thesis statements that are supported by structured essays that have an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

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Description

Traces the history of Western civilization, examining developments in Western thought and culture from the 18th century through the 21st century.

Outcomes

  1. Describe the evolution of philosophy in the modern West.

  2. Discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution.

  3. Describe the migration of peoples across the Atlantic Ocean.

  4. Contrast political systems in the Western world.

  5. Explain the changing scope of Western civil roles.

  6. Analyze worldwide political conflict in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  7. Discuss the role of a nation as a world superpower.

  8. Utilize academic resources within the field of history to develop creative and well-reasoned arguments.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

A history of Western society: Vol. 2. From the age of exploration to the present (Rev: 12th ed., concise ed.)

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin’s (2017)
Author: McKay, J. P., Crowston, C. H., Wiesner-Hanks, M. E., & Perry, J.
ISBN: 9781319073893
Price: $70.20

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

 

 

Mathematics
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Description

Presents a variety of fundamental algebraic topics including, linear and quadratic equations, equations of lines, polynomials, rational expressions, systems of equations, and radical expressions. Students entering this course should be proficient in pre-algebra concepts.

Outcomes

  1. Solve algebraic functions.

  2. Apply algebraic principles to solve inequalities.

  3. Utilize algebraic principles to graph systems to include inequalities.

  4. Graph unique functions.

  5. Perform mathematical computation on complex numbers.

  6. Solve linear systems with two variables to include inequalities.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

College algebra essentials (Rev: 5th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2018)
Author: Blitzer, R. F.
ISBN: 9780134469294
Price: $177.06

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

 

 

Natural Science
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BIO 1100 – Non-Majors Biology

Description

Explores the principles of biology, including the scientific method, cell theory, cellular process, theories of heredity, evolutionary theory, ecology, human physiology, and a survey of the diversity of organisms.

Outcomes

 

  1. Define the basic concepts of biological sciences.

  2. Apply the scientific method.

  3. Explain nutrition in terms of micronutrients and macronutrients.

  4. Explain Mendel’s approach to studying genetics.

  5. Interpret Darwin’s theory of evolution to include natural selection and common descent.

  6. Describe human anatomical systems to include their disease states.

  7. Discuss relationships between living organisms and nonliving factors in ecosystems.

  8. Interpret biological data.

 

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Biology: Science for life with physiology (Rev: 6th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2019)

Author: Belk, C., & Maier, V. B.

ISBN: 9780134555430

Price: $126.16


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Introduces basic ecological concepts and their relevance to human impacts on natural systems. Students explore ecosystem structure and function, population ecology, and current environmental issues related to sustainability and the use of natural resources.

Outcomes

  1. Explain the importance of ecological concepts in everyday life.

  2. Describe the various factors that affect population growth regulation.

  3. Identify the various ways in which organisms interact with their environment.

  4. Summarize the importance of biodiversity within the environment.

  5. Detail the global exchange of nutrients through biogeochemical cycles.

  6. Describe the various factors that affect the evolution of ecological systems.

  7. Identify ways in which ecology can be used to solve environmental issues.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

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Social and Behavioral Science
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Description

Examines government and politics in America by focusing on the origins, entities, processes, and functions of our political system and the influential role of interest groups and the media.

Outcomes

  1. Summarize the origins of American political thought.

  2. Identify the distinctive attributes of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  3. Describe the three branches of government.

  4. Explain how the U.S. government functions at the federal, state, and local levels.

  5. Identify the role of political parties in the United States political system.

  6. Discuss how policies affect change.

  7. Identify the impact of media on public opinion and politics.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

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Description

Examines government and politics in America by focusing on the origins, entities, processes, and functions of our political system and the influential role of interest groups and the media.

Outcomes

  1. Summarize the origins of American political thought.

  2. Identify the distinctive attributes of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  3. Describe the three branches of government.

  4. Explain how the U.S. government functions at the federal, state, and local levels.

  5. Identify the role of political parties in the United States political system.

  6. Discuss how policies affect change.

  7. Identify the impact of media on public opinion and politics.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

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Introduces components and processes inherent to state and local government in the United States. Acquaints students with the structures and functions of state and local governments as well as the methods and motivations behind political decisions.

Outcomes

  1. Explain the nature of politics.

  2. Analyze the political processes in local government.

  3. Differentiate between powers allocated to the federal government and those allocated to the states.

  4. Distinguish between liberal and conservative ideology in state and local politics.

  5. Explain how policy responsibilities vary among state and local governments.

  6. Summarize the processes of changing state laws or state constitutions.

  7. Explain how citizen attitudes influence policies adopted by governments.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Politics in states and communities (Rev: 15th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2015)
Author: Dye, T. R., & MacManus, S. A.
ISBN: 978-0-205-99472-4
Price: $104.65

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

Electives | Total Required Semester Hours: 36

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A study of trade and international economics. Considers comparative advantage, production factors, and how growth is influenced by trade and various alternative trade theories. Analysis of trade restrictions and the effect of trade on environment and political policies.

Objectives

  1. Distinguish between international and domestic economic issues.
  2. Explain why seven themes recur in international economics and discuss their significance.
  3. Explain how the Ricardian model, the most basic model of international trade, works and how it illustrates the principle of comparative advantage.
  4. Explain how differences in resources can cause international trade.
  5. Discuss why trade often creates losers as well as winners.
  6. Explain the effects of tariffs and subsidies on trade patterns and the welfare of trading nations and on the distribution of income within countries.
  7. Detail the “dumping” arguments used by domestic industries as a basis for protectionism and explain the relationship between dumping and price discrimination.
  8. Discuss the role of external economies and knowledge spillovers in shaping comparative advantage and international trade patterns.
  9. Discuss the causes, as well as the winners and losers, from migration and labor mobility between nations.
  10. Articulate arguments for free trade that go beyond the conventional gains from trade.
  11. Evaluate national welfare arguments against free trade.
  12. Summarize the basic ideas behind “economic dualism” and its relationship to international trade
  13. Discuss the recent economic history of the East Asian countries, such as Taiwan and South Korea, and detail the relationship between their rapid economic growth and participation in international trade.
  14. Summarize the more sophisticated arguments for interventionist trade policy, especially those related to externalities and economies of scale.

PreRequisites

None

Textbook(s)

International economics: Theory and policy (Rev: 9th ed.)

Publisher: Prentice Hall (2013)
Author: Krugman, P., Obstfeld, M., & Melitz, M.
ISBN: 978-0-13-214665-4
Price: $172.58

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

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A study of economics in the international context of foreign exchange and currency markets and their impact on international economics. The interrelationship of exchange rates and economics factors are also discussed.

Objectives

  1. Examine the concept of the current account balance.
  2. Employ the current account balance to extend national income accounting to open economies.
  3. Apply national income accounting to the interaction of saving, investment, and net exports.
  4. Evaluate and discuss the national money markets in which interest rates are determined.
  5. Compare how monetary policy and interest rates feed into the foreign exchange market.
  6. Discuss the concept of the real exchange rate.
  7. Analyze the factors that affect real exchange rates and relative currency prices in the long run.
  8. Explain the role of the real exchange rate in determining the aggregate demand for a country’s output.
  9. Demonstrate causes and effects of balance of payments crises.
  10. Evaluate how alternative multilateral systems for pegging exchange rates work.
  11. Explain how the goals of internal and external balance motivate economic policy makers in open economies.
  12. Summarize how the monetary and fiscal policies of a large country such as the United States are transmitted abroad.
  13. Analyze the economic function of international portfolio diversification.
  14. Explain factors leading to the explosive recent growth of international financial markets.
  15. Analyze problems in the regulation and supervision of international banks and nonbank financial institutions.

PreRequisites

  1. MBA 6081

Textbook(s)

International financial management (Rev: 2nd ed.)

Publisher: Prentice Hall (2012)
Author: Bekaert, G., & Hodrick, R.
ISBN: 978-0-13-216276-0
Price: $182.85

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

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A comprehensive study of the essential components needed in developing an effective safety management system. Examines the cultural aspects of integrating total safety management into all levels of an operation.

Objectives

  1. Develop effective safety management policy statements, goals, and objectives.
  2. Evaluate how accountability affects performance management in safety management programs.
  3. Analyze the importance of clarity in assigning safety-related job tasks.
  4. Examine the components of an effective hazard prevention and control system.
  5. Apply risk management principles to reduce the impact of workplace hazards.
  6. Relate continuous improvement principles to safety management concepts.
  7. Examine management tools necessary to implement effective safety management systems.

PreRequisites

  1. BOS 3001

Textbook(s)

Advanced safety management: Focusing on Z10 and serious injury prevention (Rev: 2nd ed.)

Publisher: Wiley (2014)
Author: Manuele, F. A.
ISBN: 9781118645680
Price: $80.30

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

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A review of the principles and practices of ergonomics as it applies to the industrial environment. Demonstrates how to collect data on users and operators and how to convert the data to good workplace design.

Objectives

  1. Describe characteristics of ergonomically designed workstations.
  2. Examine human factors related to design criteria.
  3. Discuss body-centered design for mitigating common workplace stressors.
  4. Explain prescribed practices for training and instruction related to workplace ergonomics.
  5. Examine key management approaches for addressing workplace ergonomics issues.
  6. Perform ergonomics-related hazard assessments.
  7. Recommend ergonomically sound control strategies for workplace situations.
  8. Summarize ergonomics-related regulatory efforts and standards.

PreRequisites

  1. PHS 1110
  2. BIO 1100

Textbook(s)

Occupational ergonomics: A practical approach

Publisher: Wiley (2016)
Author: Stack, T., Ostrom, L. T., & Wilhelmsen, C. A.
ISBN: 9781118814215
Price: $97.50

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the AU Bookstore at [email protected]

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Provides fundamental concepts of classical physics with minimized computation in a conceptual and practical manner intended for non-science major students. Main topics covered are Newtonian mechanics, properties of matter and energy, and basic ideas of thermodynamics.

Outcomes

  1. Describe standard units of measurement to include components of a valid measurement.

  2. Illustrate the scientific method within everyday situations.

  3. Explain Newton’s laws of motion at work in common phenomena.

  4. Explain the concepts and applications of momentum, work, mechanical energy, and general relativity.

  5. Identify the building blocks of matter to include their influence on physical properties.

  6. Describe thermodynamic concepts and their applications.

Prerequisites

None

Textbook(s)

Conceptual physics (Rev: 12th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2015)
Author: Hewitt, P. G.
ISBN: 978-0-321-90910-7
Price: $90.71

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