2019-2020

Course Descriptions

Courses are listed in alphabetical order. A two- or three-letter each number. Courses are frequently referred to simply by the abbreviation and number, such as ASL 104 (American Sign Language I). The numbers in parentheses indicate the number of lecture, lab, studio, or fieldwork hours per week, assuming a typical 15-week semester. Only courses numbered 100 or above are applicable toward a degree.

Prerequisites and Co-Requisites. Prerequisites consist of a course, courses, or competencies that a student must have completed before being allowed to register for a more advanced course in the same or related subject area. Corequisites are courses that a student is required to take while enrolled or prior to enrollment in another related course. If a course description does not list a specific requirement, the successful demonstration of proficiency in basic academic skills is understood. During the preregistration session, skills are evaluated to determine adequacy for college-level studies. This includes evaluating previous educational records and the results of placement tests administered by the College. Not all courses are offered each semester. A schedule of course offerings is published for each semester.

General Education Courses. Courses that fulfill the General Education Requirements are indicated with a red triangle. For example: ▲ ASL 104 American Sign Language I

Credit Hour Requirement. The college offers two traditional 15-week semesters (Fall and Spring). A Master grid has been developed for these terms to ensure that courses meet for the appropriate amount of time (typically a 3 credit course will meet twice a week for 75 minutes or once a week for 150 minutes). Class times are proportionally adjusted to be consistent with institutional policy for terms of shorter duration including Summer sessions. “Semester credit hour” means a minimum of 750 minutes of formalized instruction that typically requires students to work at out-of-class assignments at least twice the amount of time as the amount of formalized instruction (1,500 minutes). It is acknowledged that formalized instruction may take place in a variety of modes. Due to the fact that the pace of reading, writing, and other activities varies widely, time spent in any of these areas will not be identical for all students, instructors and courses. Rather assigned activities should reflect a reasonable expectation by the instructor of the time it would take to meet the learning objectives of the course or assignment.”


FS 107 - Fire Apparatus Specifications, Inspections, and Maintenance
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course covers the principles of care, maintenance, and operation of fire apparatus and pumps. These principles include pump construction and accessories, pumping techniques, power development, and transmission. Also included are driving, troubleshooting, and producing effective fire streams.

Pre-Requisites:
FS 101 - Principles of Emergency Services

FS 114 - Public Safety Telecommunications
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course focuses on students acquiring the skills necessary to staff facilities that receive emergency telephone and radio requests for police, fire, emergency medical, and other public safety services. After successful completion of this course, the student will receive a nationally recognized certificate from the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) entitled Public Safety TeleCommunicator.

FS 115 - Emergency Medical Dispatch
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

Trains dispatchers and call-takers to effectively direct and manage emergency medical resources. Course focuses on the Emergency Meducak Dispatcher (EMD) as the first responder in obtaining information from callers, selecting the proper response protocol, dispatching resources, and providing medical instructions by telephone.

Cross-listed as CJ 115 Emergency Medical Dispatch.

Pre-Requisites:
CJ 114 - Public Safety Telecommunications
OR
FS 114 - Public Safety Telecommunications

FS 118 - Fire Behavior and Combustion
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled.

FS 201 - Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Administration
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course introduces the student to the organization and management of a fire and emergency services department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis is placed on fire and emergency services, ethics, and leadership from the perspective of the company officer.

Pre-Requisites:
FS 101 - Principles of Emergency Services

FS 202 - Hazardous Materials
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course comprehensively studies the physical, chemical, and toxicological characteristics of hazardous materials. It includes the basic methods of recognition and identification based upon the chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials; basic safety procedures when utilizing specific types of protective clothing and equipment; and basic tactical information relating to scene management.

Cross-listed as HLS 202 Hazardous Materials.  

Pre-Requisites:
CJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
OR
FS 101 - Principles of Emergency Services
OR
HLS 104 - Introduction to Homeland Security

FS 204 - Building Construction for Fire Prevention
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, pre-planning fire operations, and operating at emergencies.

Pre-Requisites:
FS 101 - Principles of Emergency Services

FS 205 - Fire Investigation
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This in-depth course defines successful methods for conducting fire investigations. Specific topics include basic chemistry of fire, point of origin, fire cause (both accidental and incendiary), motivation of the fire setter, fire scene investigations, evidence collection, photography, follow-up investigation, and court testimony.

Pre-Requisites:
FS 101 - Principles of Emergency Services

FS 206 - Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. 

Pre-Requisites:
FS 101 - Principles of Emergency Services
MA 101 - College Mathematics I

FS 210 - Current Issues in Fire Science/Capstone Experience
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course is a comprehensive review of the current problems affecting the fire service with particular emphasis placed on resource allocation, planning, and fiscal constraints. The Capstone Experience requires the student to author and present a scholarly research paper on a topic covered in this course.

Pre-Requisites:

Prerequisite: A minimum of 40 credit hours must be successfully completed from the Fire Science Technology Program prior to enrolling in this course.


FS 213 - Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety Survival
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This courses introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavioral change throughout the emergency services.

GD 101 - Introduction to Digital Arts
( 2 :0 :0 ) 2 credits

This course is an introductory course that provides students with the basic knowledge, vocabulary and skills needed to enter into the studies of design, photography, videography, illustration, animation and web design.  Students will explore many facets of creating art using computer software and the art creation process using Adobe software.  Topics include digital painting, 2D design, photo manipulation, image compositing, animation, 3D design and human-computer interface design.

GD 101L - Introduction to Digital Arts Studio
( 0 :0 :2 ) 1 credits

This course is an extension of GD 101 (Introduction to Digital Arts) course.  The goal of this course is to provide students additional studio time to apply the concepts learned in the GD 101 to art and design projects.  Studio projects in this course include digital painting, 2D design, photo manipulation, image compositing, animation, 3D design and human-computer interface design.

Co-Requisites:
GD 101 - Introduction to Digital Arts

GD 110 - Introduction to Graphic Design
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

Cross listed as AR 110.  

This course trains students to apply the principles and elements of design to create original work in advertising, editorial, and promotional print materials and presentations. Students will explore typography and how it relates to the layout and design of information, as well as portfolio presentation and preparing work for print. Students will use graphic design programs in the Adobe suite, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.

Pre-Requisites:
DE 010 - Academic English I
OR
ENR 107 - Advanced ELS Reading and Speaking II

GD 170 - Website Design & Tools
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

Cross listed as CIS 170.

This course provides a hands-on experience for students interested in learning how to develop websites. Students gain an understanding of terminology, web design, and web operation functions, and they explore a variety of methods available for building a website. Both HTML5 and CSS3 will be introduced. Students use a high-level, web-authoring tool to build web pages for a website that can utilize a database and is published onto a network server.

 

Pre-Requisites:
CIS 101 - Computer Concepts and Applications
OR
CIS 107 - Information Technology Fundamentals and Applications

GD 205 - Typography
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course provides an essential foundation for graphic design students to understand how to use type effectively to communicate information and ideas. Students are introduced to the history of written communication: from the earliest cave pictographs and the invention of movable type, to today’s digital creation of typefaces, logos, icons, and symbols that are part of the continued human desire to express ideas and describe the world. Typographic terms, classifications, and styles, as well as measurement systems, are discussed in order to explore the differences between legibility and readability. Creating a visual hierarchy with text formatting and basic layout is covered in lectures as well as lab assignments.

 

Pre-Requisites:
GD 110 - Introduction to Graphic Design

GD 210 - Layout and Publication Design
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

Cross listed as AR 210.

This course trains the student to apply the principles and elements of design to create original work in digital media, advertising and promotional print materials. Students will explore how information flows through multi-page layouts to build original pages. The student will further explore software used by graphic designers including programs in the Adobe Suite, InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

 

Pre-Requisites:
AR 110 - Introduction to Graphic Design

GD 211 - Advanced Design and Motion Graphics
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

Cross listed as AR 211.

This course trains the student to apply the principles and elements of design along with typographic skills to create a variety of original print and media projects using Adobe Software.  Topics on Branding, Advertising Campaign, Editorial Design and Motion graphics will be explored.  Advanced software techniques will be used to help students create original portfolio artwork.

Pre-Requisites:
GD 205 - Typography

or  GD 210 Computer Enhanced Layout and Design


GD 236 - Introduction to 3D Graphics and Animation
( 2 :2 :0 ) 3 credits

This course explores the basic principles of the three-dimensional form and animation in computer graphics.  Emphasis is on 3D design and animation principles to design solutions, visualizations and animated movies.  Studio projects in this class include 3D modeling, photo realistic texturing and lighting, scene construction, animation and rendering.

Pre-Requisites:
GD 101 - Introduction to Digital Arts
GD 110 - Introduction to Graphic Design

GD 273 - Web Graphics
( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

Cross listed as CIS 273.

This course introduces students to creating and applying effective graphics, text, video, animation, and sound to a website. Students use authorizing tools to create and edit multimedia components, and apply these to enhance and publish a website. Students will focus on responsive web design for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. Software used is Adobe Dreamweaver and Animate (formerly Flash). Offered nights only in Fall.

Pre-Requisites:
CIS 170 - Website Design and Tools

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