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FIRETC-104 - Building Construction for Fire Protection Course - John Eric Pearce

Course:Building Construction for Fire Protection Course
Professor:John Eric Pearce
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


This course is 100% on line which means all learning, assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. will be conducted using the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).  As you may already know, online courses provide amazing flexibility in allowing you to continue your education without traveling to campus several times per week.    This course is as rigorous as an on-campus course. 


Course Description

Course Description

Examines building construction as it relates to fire protection.
Covers classification of occupancy and types of
construction with emphasis on fire protection features
including building equipment, facilities, fire resistant
materials and high-rise considerations.

Course Objectives

1. Identify various classifications of building construction.
2. Understand theoretical concepts of how fire impacts major types of building construction.
3. Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code
inspection, firefighting strategy, and tactics.
4. Classify major types of building construction in accordance with a local/model building code.
5. Analyze the hazards and tactical considerations associated with the various types of building
6. Explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships.
7. Identify the function of each principal structural component in typical building design.
8. Differentiate between fire resistance, flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to
establish ratings for each.
9. Classify occupancy designations of the building code.
10. Identify the indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety.
11. Identify the role of GIS as it relates to building construction.

What to Expect in this Course

Students can expect a weekly workload that is to taking 

Types of Assessments

The course follows the semester schedule, has weekly reading assignments and quizzes (that are typically due on Sunday night by midnight).  Additionally, there is a midterm exam, final exam and a mandatory research paper/project.  This class requires regular participation in discussion boards and students are expected to be on the same weekly pace as the other students, as this promotes interactive discussion with each other.

Textbook Information

Please check the college bookstore website for the current course textbook(s) requirement.

Other Relevant Course Information

Successful students for this course are self-motivated and disciplined to ensure that assignments and course requirements are completed on time.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 06/25/2022 Sub#: 1419