Master Course Outline
FCA 137
Fire Protection Systems

Credits: 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 30

Lecture Hours:30

Study of fire protection and detection systems with a focus on the introduction of sprinkler system operation, maintenance, and inspection. Includes basic system designs including wet, dry, deluge, and pre-action; various sprinkler heads; system parts including connections and valves; and system operation including water supply. Maintenance and inspection of sprinkler systems and fire department support are discussed. Additional topics include occupancies requiring non-water type systems, examination of carbon dioxide systems, halogenated systems, wet/dry chemical systems, and standpipe systems along with the fire department standpipe systems. Additionally, the course explores fire extinguishers, fire detection and alarm systems. Prerequisite: FCA 100 or instructor permission.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Describe different types of sprinkler systems.
  • Describe the operation of sprinkler systems.
  • Identify types of sprinkler heads, temperature ratings, orifice size, and occupancy.
  • Identify different types of control valves.
  • Describe commodity classification.
  • Determine where sprinklers are needed.
  • Discuss examples of common causes of sprinkler system failures.
  • Demonstrate the uses of NFPA-13 and 13A.
  • Describe different sources of water supply to automatic sprinkler systems.
  • Describe fighting fires in sprinkler-equipped buildings.
  • Identify different types of special extinguishers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of different types of standpipes, extinguishers, and alarm systems.

  • Course Topics
  • Value of sprinkler systems in life safety: sprinkler heads; control and operating valves; water supply; water flow alarms
  • Use of NFPA-13 and 13A
  • The wet pipe system
  • Dry pipe sprinkler system
  • Pre-action systems and deluge sprinkler system
  • Special extinguishing systems
  • Standpipe systems
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire detection and alarm systems

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    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.