Version Date: 6/2001
DELAWARE TECHNICAL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Campus or Collegewide: Stanton
Course Number and Title: FET 160 - Codes & Standards
Pre-Requisites: RDG 051 and ENG 051
Course Hours and Credits: 2 Hours Lecture/Week
2 Hours Lab/Week
Course Description: Fire prevention regulations, the Life Safety Code, and
building codes are covered. Fire protection standards and their role in
safeguarding people and property are discussed. Exercises apply lecture subjects
to realistic situations
Text: Life Safety Code Handbook, NFPA, Current
Method of Instruction: Campus classroom
CORE COURSE PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES
I. Explain the use and purpose of building codes, fire codes, local regulations,
and fire prevention codes. (PGC 3, 6, CCC 2,4,5,9)
II. Describe the role of model codes (PGC 3,7) (CCC 1-4)
III. Explain the code development process at the local state and national level.
(PGC 5,6,7) (CCC1-5,8,9)
IV. Describe the NFPA Life Safety Code (PGC 3,5,6,7,11,13, (CCC 1,2,5)
V. Describe the BOCA National Building Code. (PGC 3,5,6, 7,11,12,13) (CCC
VI. Describe the Delaware State Fire Prevention Regulations. (PGC
3,5,6,7,11,13) (CCC 1,2,5)
MEASURABLE PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES
1. Explain the use and purpose of building codes, fire codes, local regulations,
and fire prevention codes.
1.1. Explain the purpose of a building code.
1.2. Explain the purpose of the national fire codes
1.3. Explain local building and fire regulations
1.4. Explain the purpose of fire prevention codes
2. Describe the role of model codes.
2.1. Explain how model codes are adopted locally
2.2. Describe the significance of model codes
3. Explain the code development process at the local state and national level.
3.1. Describe the consensus code making process
3.2. Compare the consensus code making process with other forms
3.3. Explain the legislative process for implementing codes
4. Describe the NFPA Life Safety Code
4.1. Identify the NFPA occupancy classification system of the Life
4.2. Utilize the indexing structure of the Life Safety Code
4.3. Describe the concept of equivalency
4.4. Explain in detail the ten fundamental concepts of life safety
4.5. Calculate occupant loads, exit capacities and travel distances for
4.6. Explain the features of fire protection and building services as
found in the Life Safety Code
4.7. Describe the impact of ADA on Life Safety
5. Describe the BOCA National Building Code.
5.1. Explain the Use Group classification system of the BOCA building
5.2. Explain the indexing structure of the BOCA building code
5.3. Calculate the area and height requirements of buildings under the
BOCA building code
6. Describe the Delaware State Fire Prevention Regulations.
6.1. Describe the role and responsibilities of the State Fire Prevention
Commission, the State Fire Marshal's Office and the State Fire
6.2. Explain the indexing structure of the Delaware Fire Prevention
6.3. Describe the purpose of referenced codes in the Delaware Fire
Students will demonstrate proficiency on all measurable performance objectives at
least to the 75% level to successfully complete the course.
College Grading System
92 - 100 A
83 - 91 B
75 - 82 C
0 - 74 R
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on Academic
Standing Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, Student Responsibilities and Student
Rights, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.