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TITLE OF COURSE: Fire Alarm Systems

 

Course Code:

FES1115

Course Length:

4 weeks

Term Dates:

 

Class Days/Hours:

 

Prerequisites:

EET1033

Co-requisites:

None

Lecture Hours:

30

Lab/Clinic Hours:

30

Externship Hours:

none

Out of Class Work Hours*:

60

 

Grades and understanding course content are dependent upon consistent attendance and completion of assignments.*Students are expected to allocate a minimum of the designated hours for out-of-class study and assignments for this course.

 

Instructor:

Guillermo Portuondo

Campus Phone:

 

Instructor Email:

[email protected]

Other Contact:

7862277722

Office Hours:

 

Last revision date:

January/2017

 

 

Course Description:

The principal purpose of install fire alarm systems is life safety, to know the code requirements and use this to design and install fire alarm systems assure this proposal being one of principal goals in this course. With the aid of hand-on in the labs the students will get skills in the installation, commissioning and troubleshooting of systems of fire alarm.

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1.       Understand the elements and importance of a well-designed fire alarm system.

2.       Interpret the codes and standards for fire alarm systems.

3.       Install devices of a fire alarm system.

4.       Commissioning a system.

5.       Program and troubleshoot a fire alarm system (isolate short circuits and open circuits and ground fault)

 

Instructional Methods:

This course will utilize a variety of instructional methods that may include lecture, group discussions, individual and group projects, video presentations, research projects, field trips, guest speakers, and interactive learning through the use of technology.

 

Textbook(s) � Required:

1.       Fire Alarm Signaling Systems by Richard W. Bukowski and Wayne D. Moore; National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 4th Edition, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-1-6166-5018-6

 

Additional suggested Resources: The following resources provide additional background and supporting information for this course. It is not required to purchase these items for the course.

1.       Fire Alarm System, Design and Installation, National Training Center, ISBN: 0-9769511-4-2

  1. NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
  2. NFPA 101, Life Safety Code��
  3. NFPA 70. National Electrical Code 2008; ISBN-13: 978-
    0-8776-5793-4
  4. National Building Code

6.       Ugly�s Electrical References by George V. Hart; ISBN-13: 978-0-7637-7126-3

 

Online Resources:

www.florida electronic library

www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_alarm_system

www.csaaintl.org/2011FireAlarmBookONLINE.pdf

 

Course Policies

 

  1. Attendance: ��Students are expected to attend and be on time for all regularly scheduled class sessions.

 

Class session attendance:A student is considered present if he or she is in class for the scheduled amount of time (entire class period) without tardiness or leaving class early.The timeframe for a student to be considered and recorded as present in the class session is more than half (51%) of the scheduled class period.Students with attending less than 50% of the class period will be marked as absent.

 

Course attendance:A student may not miss more than 20% of any given classroom hours in a course. (Example:A 60 contact hour course will have a maximum allowable absence of 12 hours (3 days). Students who exceed 15% of the total course hours missed will receive an attendance warning letter and/or advisement.Students who exceed 20% of the total course hours missed may be withdrawn from the course and will need to repeat it.

 

Consecutive day attendance:Students who exceed five (5) consecutive days of non-attendance and have not communicated with their Instructor, Program Director, Registrar, and Campus Director will be withdrawn from their program.Students who have communicated with campus staff will be permitted to return to class the next class day or they will be withdrawn.

 

 

  1. Late Assignments/Make Up Work:

At the instructor�s discretion, make-up work may be provided to students who have missed class assignments or tests.Make-up work must be completed within two (2) weeks of original due date. The instructor may impose a penalty for late work submissions.

 

  1. Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism:

Students and faculty will not tolerate or commit any form of academic dishonesty. Any form of deceit in the completion of assigned work is considered a form of academic dishonesty. This includes, but is not limited to

         Assisting, or allowing another to assist you, in academic dishonesty.

         Any attempt to share answers during a test or in submitting an assignment.

         Any attempt to claim work, data, or creative efforts of another as your own.

         Resubmitting graded assignments for use in multiple classes (recycling your work).

         Knowingly providing false information about your academic performance to the college.

         Copying and pasting others� work, information from the Internet, or work from any source, into assignments without using quotation marks and citing the source.

 

����� Plagiarism

Papers that you write in your program of study must follow APA guidelines and those set by the instructor. Using another�s creation, written or otherwise, without permission or without giving appropriate credit is the academic equivalent of theft.

 

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism

In many of your classes, you will prepare writing assignment using research methods. The use of research documents must remain at an appropriate level for the credential being earned. All violations of academic policy are documented and made a part of the student's academic record. When academic dishonesty is determined, the student will be notified of the incident, which may result in one or more of the actions listed below:

         Reduction in assignment grade on which the violation occurred.

         No credit on the assignment, paper, test, or exam on which the violation occurred.

         A failing grade for the course.

         Suspension or dismissal from the college.

  1. Professionalism/Behavior:

Students are expected to participate in all learning and graded activities as assigned by the instructor and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

 

Course Evaluation and Grading

 

Grade Categories

Weight

Total Points

Attendance

5%

5

Class Discussions/ Participation

5%

5

Individual Work

15%

15

Lab Work

30%

30

Quizzes

20%

20

Midterm

10%

10

Final exam

15%

15

Total:

100%

100

Grading Scale

Letter Grade

Point Scale

Interpretation

A

90-100%

Excellent

B

80-89%

Above average; good

C

70-79%

Average; satisfactory

D

60-69%

Passing; minimal

F

59% or lower

Failure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week One

Class One (9/5/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning

Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Understand the elements and importance of a well-designed fire alarm system.

 

Explain the terminology associate with the fire alarm systems

 

Describe the relation between fire alarm system and life safety

 

Describe types of fire alarm systems

 

Understand fire signals

Establishing Fire Protection Goals and Understanding Fire Signatures

   Choosing a Fire Alarm System

   Establishing Fire Protection Goals

   Fire Signatures Fundamentals

   Fatality Potential for Fire Signatures

   Transport of Fire Signatures

 

Fire Alarm System Overview

   Types of Fire Alarm Systems

   Signal Processing

   Matching System Type with Fire Protection Goals

   Homework No. 1: Fire Alarm System Overview.��������������� Text Book, Chapter 3.

 

Class Two (9/6/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Understand the elements and importance of a well-designed fire alarm systems

Describe the characteristic and functions of various fire alarm systems components

 

Evaluate the different types of circuitry and equipment of fire alarm system

Fire Alarm System Components and Circuits

   Fire Alarm Control Units

   Power Supply Requirements

   Supervision

   Initiation Devices

 

  Lab. No. 1: Fire Alarm Systems Equipment

 

  Homework No. 1: Fire Alarm System Overview.��������� ������Text Book, Chapter 3.

 

Week Two

Class One (9/18/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Understand the elements and importance of a well-designed fire alarm systems

Install devices of a fire alarm system

Explain the operation of conventional, addressable and analog fire alarm systems.

 

Signal Initiation

   Alarm-Initiation Devices

   Alarm Systems and Fire Extinguishing Systems

  Other Supervisory Devices

 

 

  Homework No. 2: Fire Alarm System Components and Circuits. Text Book, Chapter 4

 

Class Two (9/19/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Install devices of a fire alarm system

Install signal initiation devices

     Lab. No. 2: Initiation Devices

 

  Homework No. 2: Fire Alarm System Components and Circuits. Text Book, Chapter 4

 

 

Class Three (9/20/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Understand the elements and importance of a well-designed fire alarm systems

 

Install devices of a fire alarm system

Understand signal transmission

 

Compare different signal transmission methods

 

Describe fire alarm notification process

Signal Transmission

  Wire Transmission

  Wireless Transmission

  Optical Fiber Transmission

  Signal Transmission Compatibility

  Signal Processing

 

Fire Alarm Notification

   Notification Methods

   Signal Notification

   Notification Appliances Types

   Emergency Voice/Alarm Communications Systems

Emergency Controls

   Homework No. 3: Signal Transmission.��������������������� and Notification, Text Book, Chapter 6.

 

   Quiz No. 1

Class Four (9/21/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Understand the elements and importance of a well-designed fire alarm systems

 

Install devices of a fire alarm system

Install and program transmission and notification devices

 

      Lab. No. 3: Transmission and Notification Devices

 

  Homework No. 3: Signal Transmission and Notification Devices�������������������� Text Book, Chapter 6.

 

 

 

Week Three

Class One (9/25/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Understand the elements and importance of a well-designed fire alarm system.

Consciously apply the codes and standards for fire alarm systems.

 

Evaluatethe general installation guidelines

 

Understand fire alarm system installation process

 

 

Fire Alarm System Installation

   Installation of Automatic Fire Detectors

   Actuation of Extinguishing Systems

   Installation forFire Alarm System Circuits

   Transient and Lightning Protection

  Homework No. 4: Fire Alarm System Installation.���������� Text Book, Chapter 8.

 

 

Class Two (9/26/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

 

 

      Lab. No. 4: Installation of Fire Detectors and Circuits

 

  Homework No. 4: Fire Alarm System Installation.���������� Text Book, Chapter 8.

 

Class Three (9/27/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Understand the elements and importance of a well-designed fire alarm system.

Consciously apply the codes and standards for fire alarm systems.

Describe the different engineering documents

 

Understand technical specification for fire alarm systems

 

Engineering Documents

  Design Drawings

  Specifications

  Technical Specification for Fire Alarm Systems

 

Review for Midterm Exam

 

  Homework No. 5:Engineering Documents.������������������������� Text Book, Chapter 10.

 

  Midterm Exam

 

 

Class Four (9/28/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Understand the elements and importance of a well-designed fire alarm system.

Consciously apply the codes and standards for fire alarm systems.

Understand codes and standards

 

Apply testing laboratories procedures

 

Approvals and Acceptance

   Approvals, Authorities, Labeling, and Listing

   Codes and Standards

   Testing Laboratories Procedures

 

 

  Lab. No. 5: Fire Alarm System Installation

 

  Homework No. 5:Engineering Documents.������������������������� Text Book, Chapter 10.

 

Class Five (9/29/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Commissioning a system.

 

Troubleshoot a fire alarm system (isolate short circuits and open circuits)

 

Describe fire alarm system testing

 

Review the general testing procedures

 

Point out testing must conform to NFPA72

Fire Alarm System Testing

  System Reliability

  Testing Procedures

  Records

  Multiplex Systems and Circuit Styles

Testing Schedules

     Homework No. 6: Fire Alarm System Testing.����������������� Text Book, Chapter 12.

 

     QuizNo. 2

Week Four

Class One (10/2/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Commissioning a system.

 

Troubleshoot a fire alarm system (isolate short circuits and open circuits)

 

Applythe definitions of terms associated with testing

 

Lab. No. 6: Fire Alarm System Testing

 

  Homework No. 6: Fire Alarm System Testing.����������� ������Text Book, Chapter 12.

Class Two (10/3/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

 

Understand the elements and importance of a well-designed fire alarm system

Consciously apply the codes and standards for fire alarm systems.

 

Identify and explain the role that various codes and standards play in both commercial and residential fire alarm applications

 

Use plan review tools

 

Know the different

drawings used in fire alarm planes

 

Understand fire alarm system narrative

Code Requirements

   Testing Laboratories

   Requirements in Local Buildings and Fire Codes

   Example of Code Requirements

NFPA Codes and Standards

Basic Fire Alarm Plans Review

   Plan Review Tools

  Drawings

  Fire Alarm System Narrative

 

  Homework No. 7: Code Requirements.Text Book, Chapter 14.

 

 

Class Three (10/4/17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

Program a fire alarm system.

 

Program a fire alarm system.

 

 

      Lab. No. 7: Programming a Fire Alarm System

 

     Homework No. 7: Code Requirements.Text Book, Chapter 14

 

Class Four (10/5//17)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Learning Activities

Graded Activities & Assessments

 

 

Review for Final Exam

Final Exam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FES1115: Fire Alarm Systems

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