OHS104 - Fire Protection

Outline info
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Subject Title
Fire Protection

Subject Description
This course provides students with specific knowledge related to fire and life safety. Topics include the chemistry and physics of fire, building design for life safety, and other aspects of fire and life safety. Applicable legislation related to fire and life safety is also covered.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate

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

1. Apply the legislation and standards relating to fire protection and life safety.

2. Describe steps required to control hazardous situations.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of fire detection and suppression equipment, and their uses.

4. Discuss considerations for fire and life safety in building design, construction, retrofit and demolition.

5. Describe the role of the fire service, from prevention, through suppression to fire investigation.

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
Legislation and standards relating to fire protection and life safety

Steps required to control hazardous situations

Fire detection and suppression equipment and their uses

Considerations for fire and life safety in building design, construction, retrofit and demolition

The role of the fire service from prevention through suppression to fire investigation

Mode of Instruction
This will involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, mandatory group work and discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.
Platform:  Blackboard

Prescribed Texts

Fire Inspector Principles and Practice,
National Fire Protection Association, 
Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Revised 1st Ed. ISBN-13: 9781284137743
The publisher has packaged an Advantage Access Card with all new copies of the text. The Advantage Access Card is not required for the course.

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
All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Discussion (asynchronous) group activity 20%
Project #1 - Legislation in Fire and Life Safety 20%
Project #2 - Conducting a compliance based workplace inspection  20%
Final Exam - to be written at registering college. 40%

Note: The final exam must be completed to successfully complete this course.  Passing grade for this course is 60%.

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.

  • Assignments are due on the date given by the instructor.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.


Approved by: Sharon Estok