FDY493 - Fire Dynamics I

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Subject Title
Fire Dynamics I

Subject Description
This course will provide a basic understanding of the ways in which fires grow and spread. It will expand and develop the concepts introduced in Fire Protection Fundamentals as they relate to the conditions necessary for combustion and the ways in which various materials burn. It will also introduce the student to basic issues in arson and fire investigation and to fire modeling programs which will be studied in greater depth in the next semester. Where necessary this course will introduce the student to mathematical concepts (such as differential and integral calculus) and the principles of thermodynamics which are relevant to the course subject materials.

Credit Status
One college subject credit and is a pre-requisite for FDY593 and FMO693. SPR490 is a pre-requisite for this course.

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

1. know the common causes of accidental fire losses;
2. know the usual behaviour of fires involving various types of gaseous, liquid and solid materials, and in different types of building construction;
3. know the typical units of measurement and terminology used in the study of fire dynamics;
4. have an understanding of factors which might lead an investigator to believe that a fire was of suspicious origin, and of the types of personalities that commit the crime of arson;
5. have an understanding of the dangers inherent in automobile fires and their investigation;
6. identify specific physical, chemical and electrical causes of fires;
7. identify the typical types of explosions and their characteristics.

Essential Employability Skills


The student has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

- communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience;
- respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication;
- execute mathematical operations accurately;
- apply a systematic approach to solve problems;
- use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems;
- analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

Discrimination/Harassment
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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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.