Building Construction

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 205

       Course Name: Building Construction

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course studies structural and interior construction and building equipment as related to fire safety considerations. Content includes analysis of vertical and horizontal openings and exterior features in communication of fires and the effects of fire exposure on structural integrity of buildings.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will identify and classify various types of building construction and discuss the impact to fire rescue and mitigation. Discuss and compare the theoretical impact of fire on major types of building construction and materials.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy and tactics, and analyze the hazards, tactical considerations, and the role of Geographic Information System as associated with the various types of building construction.
  2. Identify indicators of collapse in various building construction methods, and identify the indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety.
  3. Discuss theoretical concepts of how fire impacts major types of building construction, and differentiate between fire resistance, flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each.
  4. Identify the function of each principle structural component in typical building design, and explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships.
  5. Classify occupancy designations of the building code, and classify major types of building construction in accordance with a local and model building code.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy and tactics.
  2. Classify major types of building construction in accordance with a local and model building code.
  3. Describe concepts of how fire affects major types of building construction.
  4. Analyze the hazards and tactical considerations associated with the various types of building construction.
  5. Explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships.
  6. Identify the function of each principle structural component in typical building design.
  7. Differentiate between fire resistance, flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each.
  8. Identify the benefits and limitations of various types of fire stopping materials.
  9. Describe how ordinary construction reacts to fire and identify indicators of collapse in wood frame structures.
  10. Describe how steel and concrete can be used to increase or decrease a structure's resistance to stress and fire.
  11. Identify the indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety.
  12. Identify potential hazards to fire fighter safety and indicators of collapse in various building construction methods.
  13. Classify occupancy designations of the building code.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Handouts
  • Case Histories
  • Scenarios
  • Class & group Discussion
  • Individual Presentations

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Decision-making
  • Group Participation
  • Class Discussion
  • Individual Presentations
  • Practical Exercises
  • Quizzes
  • Written Exam

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Brannigan's Building Construction for The Fire Service, 5th Edition (2015), Colbert, G & Branningan, F., Jones and Bartlett

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading Scale: 90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 and below F
 
Homework/Assignments 10 points
Homework/Assignments 10 points
Homework/Assignments 10 points
Class Exercise 5 points
Quizzes (3) 15 points
Final Exam 50 point
TOTAL 100 points

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services.  To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus.  All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements.  The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.