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FT-105 - Fire Behavior and Combustion - Engineer R. Osborne

Course:Fire Behavior and Combustion
Professor:Engineer R. Osborne
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Instructor Osborne in a fire inspectors uniform

My name is Randall Osborne (L.A. Co. F. D. retired) and I am your instructor for this course. I have a video introduction inside the course, but just a few facts about myself: I started with L. A. County in 1986 and worked as wildland firefighter, truckee, paramedic and patrolman while at the firefighter rank. I promoted to engineer and drove a truck, then was on the hazmat team and later again served as an engineer on a wildland crew, then closed my career as a fire inspector. I have been teaching for over 10 years at College of the Canyons and Oxnard College. 

Course Description

I will include a more detailed Welcome Letter on the Home Page with instructions how to work your way through this course. It is essential that you read the Welcome Letter and Syllabus.

Fire Technology 105 “Fire Behavior and Combustion explores the theories and fundaments of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled. 

Please refer to the Course Syllabus (available for download from “Canvas” on Day 1 of the class) for all Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) and Course Objectives.


Please review this “Orientation Letter” to determine whether or not this “OnlineLIVE”-format class is for you, and feel free to contact me via email at  with any questions.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this class’ format is classified as “OnlineLIVE,” meaning that the class has been converted from the normal “on-campus format” to “OnlineLIVE.”  (This class would have traditionally been taught face-to-face in a classroom, but is now being taught at a distance through the Zoom platform with no physical on-campus meetings.)

This class DOES have synchronous, online meetings/lectures on certain Tuesdays and Thursdays that you MUST attend via ZOOM.   Attendance will be taken during these “live ZOOM broadcasts,” and failure to attend these required online ZOOM meetings will result in you being dropped from the course. 


A link to our Fire Technology 105 “ZOOM Room” will be emailed to you the weekend before class begins.

To successfully complete this course, you MUST have…

  • Access to a computer
  • RELIABLE Internet access and a web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
  • A valid College of the Canyons (COC) email address
  • Applicable Software: Video clips, electronic documents, and various Internet websites will be utilized as part of this course.  Please make sure you have all necessary software (Adobe Acrobat Reader, and a word processing program like Microsoft Word) loaded on your computer.

What to Expect in this Course

Although this is a “OnlineLIVE” course, you are still required to regularly “attend” class and participate through our LIVE “ZOOM Broadcasts” (Tuesdays and Thursday 8:00am-9:20am), and complete the required activities (Assignments, Quizzes, Exams, and Projects) on Canvas.

You ARE required to attend our online ZOOM meetings/lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00am-9:20am.  Attendance will be taken for each class session.  Failure to show up for class and participate can result in you being dropped from the class.

Our live “Zoom Broadcasts” will take place on specific Tuesday and Thursdays mornings starting at 8:00am (our normal class “start time”).

In order to be successful in this class, you will need to dedicate 8:00am-9:20am Tuesdays and Thursdays on your calendar.  I will let you know ahead of time which specific Tuesdays and Thursdays I will be broadcasting our “live” ZOOM lectures.  If you have an emergency or extenuating circumstance, and as a result are unable to watch the “Live Broadcast,” the lecture will be recorded… meaning you can watch the lecture at a later time.

Failure to attend the LIVE Broadcasts can result in you being dropped from the course.

Just as in a “face-to-face” class, all students are required to demonstrate that they can work co-operatively, behave ethically, assess and evaluate information, and provide helpful feedback to one another.

All course materials and Quizzes/Exams are available electronically on the Internet through “Canvas.” Canvas is the College’s electronic learning platform, which is used (in this class) for all announcements, handouts, discussions, grading, Assignment submittals, and taking Quizzes/Exams.

The link to access “Canvas” can be found on the College of the Canyons homepage:

Types of Assessments

Online Quizzes and Exams, Discussions, Assignments, and a “Course Project.” 

All Assessments are conducted on the Internet through “Canvas” (the College’s electronic learning platform.)

Textbook Information

“Principles of Fire Behavior and Combustion” by Richard Gann and Raymond Friedman, 4th edition; ISBN #9781284136111.  It is highly recommended that you purchase or rent this textbook. 

Our course is divided into separate “Modules.”  Each “Module” covers specific topics and concepts.  As part of each Module, students can read the associated textbook material to provide reinforcement for all lectures, supplemental materials, discussions, Assignments, Quizzes/Exams, and Projects.

Other Relevant Course Information

FAQs about zoom meetings:

  1. Do I have to attend the zoom classes?

This is an online- synchronous class, so you are expected to attend all zoom meetings. Per school policy missing class consistently and especially in an online course, falling behind in assignments can lead to being dropped.

  1. What if I miss a zoom?

If you believe you will miss a zoom for a legitimate reason, please tell me as soon as you can. There are some projects that can be done at home, but if you miss a discussion project that occurred in the zoom you will miss the points for that assignment.

  1. Do I have to turn on my camera?

Turning on your camera is not required, but it is desired. When we can see each other, it makes for a more pleasant experience. Be forewarned though, I do randomly ask questions of students and I admit I just might tend to ask more questions of those who are turning off their cameras. So, make sure you are listening and participating. Having your camera off, but not being there will be considered an absence. Mute yourself when you are not talking but do not forget to turn on your mic if you want to ask a question or reply to a question I have asked.

  1. What if I lose my connection?

Try and get back into the class asap. If your family uses the internet to watch tv, but you do not have a real strong internet service, you might want to ask if they can stay off the tv while you are in class. Please do not attend class while driving. I want you to be safe and driving and watching videos at the same time is just a bad idea. You can however listen as if you were listening to a podcast.

  1. Do I lose points if there is a project during the zoom class meeting time?

There are some projects we might do in class that can be done from home and turned in via the assignment, however discussions and breakout group sessions will only earn points for those who are participating.

Here are some other FAQs that Mr Kawamoto includes in this course when he teaches it:



1. Question: How do I take QUIZZES/EXAMS for this “OnlineLIVE” class?

Answer: All QUIZZES/EXAMS for this class are taken online through Canvas from wherever you have Internet access.  QUIZZES/EXAMS are timed, and each QUIZ/EXAM has a specific due date (including a specific time you must finish by).  You must complete each QUIZ/EXAM in the time given, and before the QUIZ/EXAM’S deadline.

2. Question: Do I have to come to campus for this class?

Answer: No.  The entire Semester will be conducted through the Internet.

3. Question: When is our first class session?

Answer: Tuesday, 08/24/2021 starting at 8:00am.  (8:00am is our regularly scheduled “start time.”)  I will be broadcasting LIVE on the Internet (via ZOOM) starting at 8:00am Tuesday morning.  DO NOT BE LATE!!!

4. Question: How do I watch the LIVE Broadcast on Tuesday, 08/24/2021 at 8:00am?

Answer: We will be meeting “online” using a website called “ZOOM” (  ZOOM is an online “video conferencing” interface accessible from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.  Through ZOOM, you will be able to hear my voice and the associated lecture material, and view video clips, pictures, lecture outlines, etc.  ZOOM allows us to interact with one another, ask questions, and converse with your classmates during our “live” ZOOM broadcasts.

5. Question: How do I access ZOOM?


  • On your computer: Use your Internet browser (like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari)
  • From your cellphone or tablet: Use your internet Browser OR the Zoom App.
  • The weekend before class beings, I will post an Announcement on Canvas, and send an email to your COC email address that includes an Internet URL (website address) to access the ZOOM broadcast specifically for THIS class.  Using this forthcoming Internet link, you will access our “online ZOOM classroom” where you can watch and listen to the “live broadcast.”
  • You WILL need reliable Internet access to view this “live broadcast.”
  • NOTE: I highly recommend reviewing the ZOOM website and familiarizing yourself with ZOOM PRIOR to the start of class.

6. Question: Do I need to sign up for a “ZOOM Account” to view the lectures?

Answer: No! You just need to click on the link (which I’ll post in the “Announcements” section on Canvas), OR enter the special “join a meeting code” and password (which I’ll include in the Canvas Announcement) on the website. 

  • I recommend bookmarking the Zoom link and writing down the “join a meeting code” and password someplace memorable for quick access to our “lecture broadcasts.” 
  • FYI: Each of my “OnlineLIVE” Fire Tech classes has a different web address URL and “join a meeting code” for viewing “live” broadcasts.  If you have me for multiple classes during the FALL semester, you will have a different URL to access each separate class.

7. Question: Do I need to show up online (on ZOOM) at 8:00AM on TUESDAY, 08/24/2021?

Answer: Yes. Failure to attend the Tuesday, 08/24/2021 Fire Tech 105 Zoom session constitutes a “no show,” and you will be dropped from the course.

8. Question: Do we meet (on ZOOM) every Tuesday and every Thursday this semester?

Answer: No.  We will only meet “live” on ZOOM on certain Tuesdays and certain Thursdays.  Please review the “Course Schedule” handout (which will be distributed on “Day 1”: Tuesday, 08/24/2021) for the specific “live broadcast” dates.  I will let you know ahead of time which specific Tuesdays or Thursdays I will be broadcasting “LIVE lectures” on Zoom.  Our “Live Broadcast Lectures” will be recorded… meaning you can watch again at a later time if need be.

9. Question: My work/home/personal schedule will cause me to miss more than 3 “Live ZOOM Broadcasts.”  That being said, should I register for this particular “OnlineLIVE” FIRETC-105 class?

Answer: No!  Missing more than (3) “Live ZOOM Broadcasts” can result in you being dropped from the course.  You must attend our “live” ZOOM broadcasts.

10. Question: What should I do before Tuesday, August 24th?


  • Thoroughly read this “Orientation Letter” to determine if this “OnlineLIVE” format is for you.  If you prefer an online-only style of class (with zero ZOOM lectures), I would encourage you to sign up for the online-only version of FIRETC-105 being offered this Fall 2021 semester.  The online-only version of FIRETC-105 “Fire Behavior and Combustion” is listed under Section #56431, and is being taught by Captain Pearce.)
  • Set up your College of the Canyons email account.
  • Familiarize yourself with Zoom.
  • Set up and log in to Canvas.
  • Consider purchasing or renting the textbook.  “Principles of Fire Behavior and Combustion” by Richard Gann and Raymond Friedman, 4th edition; ISBN #9781284136111. 

11. Question: If I have NOT already passed FIRETC-101 “Principles of Emergency Services,” can I still take FIRETC-105 “Fire Behavior and Combustion” this semester?

Answer: Yes… but you must ALSO register for FIRETC-101 this semester.  (Effective August 2020, students are required to have either passed FIRETC-101 already, OR take FIRETC-101 during the same semester as this class.)


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.


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Last updated: 10/16/2023 Sub#: 527