FSF918 - Public Education

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Subject Title
Public Education

Subject Description
Conducting effective public fire and life safety education is an integral part of the job of a fire safety professional. This subject focuses on the management and delivery of public fire and life safety education programs both in the public and private sectors. Topics include basic learning theories, community-based programme development cycle, train-the-trainer, public relations, partnerships and high risk groups.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Fire Safety Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the methods used in conducting a needs analysis and producing a fire and life safety concern profile for an organization or a local community.

2. Describe the teaching and training theories, strategies, methods, delivery evaluation and validation techniques for different target groups of trainees.

3. Given selected scenarios, plan, develop and implement appropriate public relations strategies.

4. Given selected scenarios, plan, develop and implement an appropriate fire and life safety programme for an organization or a local community.

5. Describe the steps in establishing and maintaining effective partnerships and fundraising in support of public fire and life safety education.

6. Perform as a trainer/facilitator/co-ordinator of public fire and life safety education events.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Overview of community-based Public Fire and Life Safety Education. 
  • Planning for Public Fire and Life Safety Education. 
  • Needs Analysis and Evaluation. 
  • Teaching/Training Theories and Learning Style. 
  • Presentation Skills. 
  • Principles and Practices of Public Relations. 
  • Roles of the Public Education Person.

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, Discussions, Case Studies, Role Plays, Audio-Visual Displays.

Field Assignments. 

Prescribed Texts
Fire Protection and Prevention Act and the Fire Code
IFSTA Fire and Life Safety Educator. IFSTA, 3rd Edition, ISBN#9780879393960

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Mid-Term Exam 30%
Assignments 40%
Final Exam 30%

Please note:

As stated in Academic Policy, a student must successfully complete all major segments of a subject in order to earn a passing grade.
Students who have not passed the term work may not be permitted to write the final examination.

Approved by: Sandra Noble