Course Content and Outcome Guide for FP 280A

Course Number:
FP 280A
Course Title:
Cooperative Education: Fire Science
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Course Description

Field placement in a municipal fire department as a fire intern, volunteer firefighter or cadet/explorer. Students are evaluated by a PCC field representative from Cooperative Education. Department permission required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1.0 The Work Environment

Instructional Goals: To have an understanding of the operation of the assigned fire department and "fit into" that operations.

1.1 Students become familiar with the fire departments policies and operating procedures.

1.2 Students participate in fire department training activities.

1.3 Students develop an understanding of the type of fire service apparatus used by the department and gain practical experience working with it.

1.4 Students learn the type, location and operation of fire service equipment used by the department, and gain practical experience working with it.

1.5 Students should become involved in routine duties and activities performed by fire service personnel.

2.0 Personal Attributes

Instructional Goals: To provide each student the opportunity to develop personal attitudes and attributes that can be used to present themselves to future employers.

2.1 Students learn to present a professional personal appearance.

2.1.1 Dress is appropriate for job setting

2.1.2 Exhibits cleanliness and good hygiene

2.2 Students develop good attendance habits.

2.2.1 Reports to work on time and ready to work

2.2.2 Alerts supervisor if absent or tardy

2.2.3 Plans ahead to cover work schedule conflicts

2.2.4 Makes proper use or work time (not leaving early or extending breaks)

2.3 Students develop personal attitudes in a work environment.

2.3.1 Enjoys work, keeps busy, looks for work to do

2.3.2 Looks for ways to improve self, is alert for ways to improve

2.3.3 Conducts self in a professional manner, exhibits businesslike habits.

3.0 Interpersonal Skills

Instructional Goals: To give the student an environment where they can evaluate their interpersonal skills and with coaching available from the Instructor, areas of improvement can be identified.

3.1 Students learn to demonstrate good followership skills toward superiors.

3.1.1 is respectful

3.1.2 Is accepting of constructive criticism

3.1.3 Is ambitious--does not require close supervision

3.1.4 Is willing to place personal desire aside for the benefit of the group, when needs be

3.2 Students demonstrate the ability to work with their peers, showing good teamwork skills.

3.2.1 Is respectful of the rights and needs of others

3.2.2 Is willing to provide assistance without being told or asked by others.

3.2.3 Is safety conscious when working around others.

3.3 Students provide a professional image and a desire to be helpful toward the public/customers.

3.3.1 Courteous, shows respect toward the public

3.3.2 Considers how others may perceive their actions

3.3.3 Mindful of how to help others.

4.0 Technical Capabilities

Instructional Goals: To provide an environment where the student can combine knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and provide them the opportunity to apply, evaluate, and modify them in a dynamic work environment.

4.1 Students are able to demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, and are able to do so without close supervision.

4.2 Students are able to demonstrate adaptability in applying their learned skills and desire to improve their understanding of the job and their responsibilities.

4.3 Students demonstrate the quality of work that is consistent with an employers expectations.

4.3.1 Able to understand and follow directions.

4.3.2 Accurate and careful in their work--asking questions when needed.

4.3.3 Completes assigned tasks in appropriate timeliness

4.3.4 Demonstrates safety and care toward equipment

4.3.5 Is adaptable to changing and varies work conditions

4.3.6 Is proactive toward solving, looks ahead in order to avert problem areas.  

Course Activities and Design

This course is presented as twelve lab hours per week and carries three credit hours toward an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and is a core requirement for this degree. This course is designed to provide a "real world" work environment for the application and testing of academically developed skills and knowledge in order to build self confidence.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The evaluation process will include an employer evaluation and a Fire Science Department evaluation designed to measure competency in those areas covered in the learning objectives. In all cases, this evaluation shall meet Academic Standards.