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University College The University of Memphis offers the Degrees at a Distance Program for the National Fire Academy Degree Requirements How to Apply for Credit for How to Get Started Learning from Training and Transfer Credit Work Experience The University Of Memphis is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. It is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action university, committed to education of a non- racially identifiable student body. University College The University of Memphis 218 Brister Hall Memphis, TN 38152 901.678.2716 www.memphis.edu/univcoll/ Bachelor of Professional Studies Major in Individual Studies Concentrations in Fire Administration and/or Fire Prevention Technology Degrees at a Distance Program The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy has designated the University of Memphis as one of the institutions throughout the country to offer a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in Fire Administration and Fire Prevention Technology through the Degrees at a Distance Program (DDP). The DDP program is an online degree program sponsored by the National Fire Academy (NFA) which is available to fire service personnel in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The course curriculum is developed by Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network and is delivered completely online to accommodate working adults and the demands of fire service personnel. The National Fire Academy and the University of Memphis are proud to be working together in promoting the benefits of higher education and in meeting the needs of personnel in fire and emergency services. To qualify for this program, students must have completed an associate’s degree in a fire related degree program, hold a certification in emergency management training, or have training/experience through a paid or volunteer fire fighting position. The bachelor’s degree is comprised of four components: I. General Education 35-41 hours II. Concentration 33 hours III. College Requirement 9 hours IV. Electives 36- 42 hours Minimum hours required: 120 total credit hours* *Students must complete at least 60 hours from a four year institution. *Students must complete at least 42 hours of upper-division credit (3000–4000 level courses). *Students must complete at least 30 of last 60 hours through the University of Memphis. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Required Courses Course Semester Grade Hours English Composition (6 hours) ENGL 1010 (minimum C-) (3) ENGL 1020 (minimum C-) (3) Oral Communication and Rhetoric (3 hours) COMM 2381 Oral Communication (3) Mathematics (3 hours) - pick one of the following: MATH 1420, 1710, 1530, 1830, 1910 or 2000 Humanities (9 hours) 1. Literature Course – ENGL 2201 or ENGL 2202 (3) 2. 3. Social Science (6 hours) 1. 2. Natural Science (8 hours): 1. 2. Total General Education Hours Required 35 - 41* Refer to “Graduation from the University, General Education” in the Undergraduate Bulletin for courses which meet the above requirements. http://www.memphis.edu/ugcatalog/ Consult the UC college advisors if you have any questions about transfer credit equivalencies. Need to take American Heritage requirement: Yes______ No________ University College students are exempt from the American Heritage requirement as long as they have completed one year of American History in high school. Remedial/developmental courses to complete: Yes______ No_______ If yes, list courses here: High school deficiencies to complete: Yes________ No ________ If yes, list courses here: B.P.S. Fire Administration/Fire Prevention Technology Academic Advising Summary Fire Administration _____ Fire Prevention Technology _____ Both _____ Students must earn a grade of “C-” or better in all major Course # Semester Grade Hours courses and earn a major GPA of at least 2.25. Fire Services Core Courses (21 hours) Fire Prevention, Organization & Management (Spring) PADM 3612 Fire & Emergency Services Administration (Fall) PADM 3613 Political & Legal Foundations of Fire Protection (Fall) PADM 3614 Analytic Approaches to Public Fire Protection (Fall) TECH 3940 Fire Protection Structure & Systems (Spring) TECH 3944 Applications of Fire Research (Spring) TECH 3947 Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials (Summer) TECH 3948 SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONCENTRATIONS Fire Administration or Fire Prevention Technology Fire Administration Concentration (9 hours) Personnel Management for the Fire & Emergency Services (Spring) PADM 3610 Disaster Planning & Control (Spring) PADM 3611 Community Risk Reduction (Summer) PADM 3615 Fire Prevention Technology Concentration (9 hours)** Fire Related Behavior (Spring) TECH 3942 Fire Investigation & Analysis (Fall) TECH 3945 Fire Dynamics (Fall) TECH 3946 Fire Service Elective (3 hours) (choose one course from the concentration not selected for the 9 hour concentration above) Thematic Studies (6 hours) Any UNIV 3500-3599 or UNIV 4500-4599 http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/courseinfo/thematic_studies.php Senior Project (3 hours) (Senior Status & TECH 3947 are UNIV 4995 prerequisites; completed in student’s final semester; C- or better required) http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/senior_project.php Electives – courses needed to reach the minimum 120 credit hours with at least 60 hours from a 4 year institution and at least 30 of the last 60 hours completed at the University of Memphis. Experiential Learning credit is considered elective credit. See our website at http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/experiential- learning.php and speak to your advisor about using Experiential Learning as elective hours. Thematic Studies (6 hours) Any UNIV 3500-3599 or UNIV 4500-4599 Students complete a total of 6 hours in a University College thematic studies course(s) of their choosing. These courses are designed to broaden a student’s knowledge of significant themes in social, political, and religious history. Only specifically designated courses will meet this requirement. For a complete list of courses: http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/courseinfo/thematic_studies.php Senior Project, UNIV 4995 (3 hours) The Senior Project is a student’s culminating experience or capstone designed to synthesize and integrate the content of a student’s program of study. The senior project is intended to fuse together the two or more academic areas that comprise your coordinated study (major) into an academically-relevant example of scholarship. Students will complete a research paper on a topic of their choice with approval of their Senior Project instructor. The Senior Project is completed during a student’s final semester. For information on the Senior Project visit: http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/senior_project.php ALL Sections of UNIV 4995 are taught online either through the Regents Online Degree Program or U of M Online. Students will be assigned to a section based on the topic they select. RODP sections have an additional fee. FIRE PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS Core Courses PADM 3612 - Fire Prevention, Organization & Management (3). Examines and evaluates techniques, procedures, programs and agencies involved with fire prevention; public and private fire prevention functions, licenses, permits, zoning, legal aspects, inspection, investigations, planning, arson and incendiary analysis. PADM 3613 - Fire & Emergency Services Administration (3). Overview of organization and management in modern fire service; management of equipment and personnel, fire department functions, planning, resource development, labor relations. PADM 3614 - Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection (3). Legal basis for police power of government related to public safety; legal limitations and responsibility; liability of fire prevention organizations and personnel; review of judicial decisions. TECH 3940 - Analytic Approaches to Public Fire Protection (3). Systems analysis and its use and limitations in fire protection and other problem areas; illustrated with case studies and models using the systems approach to fire suppression and prevention. TECH 3944 - Fire Protection Structure & Systems (3). Design principles involved in protection of structure from fire involvement empirical tests and prediction procedures; control detection, and suppression system design practices; fundamentals of hydraulic design of sprinkler and water spray systems with recent innovations. TECH 3947 - Applications of Fire Research (3). Fire research and its application; transfer and implications of available research results for fire prevention and protection programs; national and international studies and research developments. TECH 3948 - Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials (3). Examination of federal regulatory issues, hazard identification and vulnerability analysis, multi-agency contingency planning, response personnel, multi-agency response resources and systems; discussion of agency policies, public education and emergency information systems, health and safety issues, command post dynamics, strategic and tactical considerations, recovery and termination procedures. Fire Administration Concentration Courses PADM 3610 - Personnel Management for the Fire & Emergency Services (3). Personnel practices and management procedures; manpower planning, labor relations recruitment, selection, testing, performance appraisals, classification, motivation, politics and management. PADM 3611 - Disaster Planning & Control (3). Concepts and principles of community risk assessment, regional and cooperative procedures and plans; relationship of structural, climatic and topographical variables to group fires, conflagrations, and natural disasters; pre- and post-occurrence factors; communications, planning, organizing, coordination, command and logistics. PADM 3615 - Community Risk Reduction (3). Sociological, economic and political characteristics of communities and their influence on fire problem; how to study community profiles and structures with consideration of economic, geographic, and sociological variables of fire threat.; examination of functional basis of community, diverse social roles of community agencies; study of fire services as complex organization in community. Fire Prevention Technology Concentration Courses TECH 3942 - Fire Related Behavior (3). Dynamics of human behavior in fire incidents related to building design, codes and ordinances and other fire prevention practices. TECH 3945 - Fire Investigation & Analysis (3). Procedures and techniques for collection, comparison, and analysis of physical evidence related to fire origin; principles of evidence of ignition phenomenon and propagation variables; legislative, economic, psychological, and sociological variables of incendiary fire, role of insurance and government programs. TECH 3946 - Fire Dynamics (3). Fire propagation phenomenon in both fuel and air regulated phases; variables in pre- and post-flash over fire development; geometric, material, gaseous, fluid flow, and thermodynamic parameters; compartment and building fire models. How to Get Started in University College at the University of Memphis 1. New Students Apply for admission to the University of Memphis. You can access the application online at http://www.memphis.edu/admissions/ or call 901.678.2111. DEADLINES TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION: July 1 for Fall, December 1 for Spring, May 1 for Summer. There is a $25 application fee. The Office of Admissions receives and evaluates all transcripts and determines admission status. Send all of your official transcripts from high school and any colleges or universities that you have attended to the Office of Admissions, 101 Wilder Tower, Memphis, TN 38152. Former Students (Readmission) Former undergraduate students who wish to return to the University at the same level as when they previously attended and have missed any academic term excluding summer must file an application for readmission. This form should be secured, completed, and returned to the Admissions Office. If the student has enrolled at another institution since last attending the University of Memphis, an official transcript must be forwarded to the Admissions Office. An applicant will receive favorable consideration only if eligible for readmission under all University regulations, including the grade point average (GPA) for transfer students. (NOTE: International students who wish to apply for readmission to the University must meet the deadlines for new admission for international students.) There is no fee for readmission to the University. 2. Students must also complete the University College’s declaration of major form which is located on the next page or can be obtained by calling 901.678.2716. There is no fee associated with this process. 3. Once you are admitted or readmitted to the University of Memphis as an undergraduate student and your transcripts are evaluated by Admissions, you will receive a letter in the mail informing you that it’s time to meet with an advisor. Call 901.678.2716 to set up an appointment with your assigned advisor. Phone appointments are available for students outside the Memphis area. You will work with this advisor each semester until graduation. Course planning and advising is required prior to each registration period. 4. After meeting with an advisor and selecting your courses, you will register for courses via myMemphis at https://my.memphis.edu/cp/home/displaylogin which is an online registration system. Registration for classes typically begins in mid-November for spring, and around the first or second week in April for summer and fall. Please visit the following link to get a listing of registration dates and times as well as the first day of classes: http://www.memphis.edu/registrar/student/register/. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DECLARATION OF MAJOR www.memphis.edu/univcoll Indicate your desired area of study by marking the appropriate space below Degree Concentrations Regents Online Jackson, Tennessee Individualized Degree Programs Degree Programs Degree Program ___ BPS - Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services ___ BLS - American Studies ___ BLS - Interdisciplinary Studies ___ BPS - Law Enforcement Design Your Own Degree ___ BLS - Asian Studies & International Trade (Design Your Own Degree) Administration ___ BPS - Child Development ___ BPS - Commercial Aviation BLS – Bachelor of Liberal Studies ___ BLS or ___ BPS ___ BPS - Correctional Administration ___ BPS - Organizational Leadership ___ BPS - Dance Education Emphasis I:_____________________ ___ BPS - Disability Studies & Rehabilitation _______________________________ Bachelor of Liberal Services Studies ___ BPS - Family & Consumer Studies Emphasis II: ___________________ or ___ BPS - Fire Administration _______________________________ Bachelor of Professional ___ BPS - Fire Prevention Technology Studies ___ BPS - Health Services Administration ___ BPS - Human Services ___ BPS - Information Technology Discipline I: ___________ ___ BLS - Judaic Studies ______________________ ___ BPS - Law Enforcement Administration ___ BPS - Merchandising – Fashion ___ BPS - Organizational Leadership Discipline II:___________ ___ BPS - Merchandising – Home Furnishings ______________________ ___ BPS - Nonprofit Development & Administration ___ BPS - Organizational Leadership ___ BPS - Paralegal Services Minimum 2.50 GPA ___ BPS - Preschool & Childcare Administration is required. ___ BLS - Religion and Society ___ BPS - Technology Management Services PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE WILL NOT BE APPROVED FOR STUDENTS NEEDING TWO OR MORE DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES COURSES (DSP) – DSP STUDENTS MUST BE ADVISED BY ACADEMIC COUNSELING – 212 WILDER TOWER NAME: ___________________________________________________________________ DATE: ________________________ UNIVERSITY ID #: U__________________________________DATE OF BIRTH: ___________________________________ E-MAIL ADDRESS:_________________________________________________________________ (U of M account preferred) STREET ADDRESS: ______________________________________________ HOME PHONE # :________________________ CITY: _________________________________________________________ STATE:___________ ZIP: _________________ CELL #:_______________________________________________ FAX #: ___________________________________________ EMPLOYER: ________________________________________________________PHONE #: ___________________________ Are you enrolled at the U of M this semester? ____ Yes ____ No Have you been admitted or readmitted? ____ Yes _____ No If no, state the date you plan to enroll: _______________________________ Last date enrolled at the U of M: _________________________ Current major: ____________________________________Will you be maintaining your current major? (double major) ____ Yes _____ No Are you currently registered with the Office of Student Disability Services? ____ Yes ____No Return completed application to: By signing this application, I understand that my major will be changed to the major University College selected above. 218 Brister Hall Memphis, TN 38152 Phone: 901.678.2716 Fax: 901.678.4913 Signature: ____________________________________ Date: ______________ Other Information Books Students order books online for the fire courses. Information about each book is available at http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/ugprograms/fire_texbookorder.php and for general education and thematic studies courses can be ordered online through the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) bookstore at http://rodp.bkstr.com. Fees Residency is determined by the Office of Admissions. Students who live in Tennessee pay in-state fees. Out of state students who live in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina are eligible to pay in-state fees through the Academic Common Market (ACM). The ACM is an arrangement among southern states which allows degree-seeking students to have out-of-state fees waived. Information on the ACM is available at http://www.memphis.edu/admissions/acm.php. After a student is accepted by the University of Memphis and University College, an acceptance letter is sent to the student which is needed for ACM verification. It is the student’s responsibility to complete all required paperwork with the state ACM coordinator. Information about tuition and other fees is available at http://bf.memphis.edu/finance/bursar/feepayment.php#charts. Course Information All courses are completed in one semester and are available online. Fall semester courses run from August to December, spring semester courses run from January to May, and summer courses run from June to August. General education and University College required courses are available on campus, at Extended Program sites in the Memphis area, or online through the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP). Additional information about Extended Program sites or RODP is available at http://www.memphis.edu/ecampus/enroll.php. Once admitted to the program, out of state students may discuss options with their advisor to take general education courses at a local college or university. Please note that prior approval must be granted to ensure that courses will transfer and count toward degree requirements. All fire courses are only available online through eCourseware/Desire 2 Learn. A student must log into eCourseware on the first day of classes for each semester to view the course requirements, syllabus and instructor information. eCourseware log-in for fire courses is available at https://elearn.memphis.edu/ or at https://elearn.rodp.org/ for RODP courses. In most cases, tests and final exams must be taken at a proctored site (testing center at local college or university). Arrangements for proctors must be secured by the student with the University College fire service coordinator at the beginning of the student’s enrollment in the program. Any fees charged by these proctors are the student’s responsibility. Students must complete freshman level English composition courses (ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020) with at least a C- or better before enrolling in any fire courses. Contact with faculty Students are assured of contact with instructional faculty through regular correspondence, telephone conversations, e-mail, and, when possible, personal conferences. Faculty will be available during telephone/office hours in the daytime or evening. Instructors in each course will assess assignments, evaluate the final examination and record the student’s final grade. When a student is ready to enroll in the Senior Project, a faculty advisor will assist him or her in planning it and will supervise the student’s work. Transfer Credits As part of the admission process, students are required to submit official transcripts from each college or institution that he/she has attended. Each transcript must come directly from the college which awarded the credit and must be sent to the Office of Admissions, 101 Wilder Tower, Memphis, TN 38152. Evaluation of transfer credits is completed by the Office of Admissions. Sometimes a transfer course is not an exact match to a University of Memphis course; additional information (course description or syllabus) will be needed to determine if the course can apply to the student’s degree program. The University College advisor will discuss transfer credits and how they apply during the first advising session. If a student has already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, then he/she is exempt from the general education requirements of the University of Memphis. CREDIT BY EXAM AND CREDIT FOR EXPERIENCE Persons who have college-level learning acquired through work experience or non-collegiate instruction may seek academic credit for it in several ways. 1. For learning which corresponds to the content of existing courses, the student may seek departmental credit for the appropriate course through credit by exam. For information about credit by exam, visit the Registrar’s website athttp://www.memphis.edu/registrar/student/register/ucredit_exam.htm. Subject area exams of the college Level Examination Placement Program (CLEP) may also be used. These exams are available at many college testing centers; check with the local college regarding fees. Information about accepted CLEP tests at the University of Memphis is available at http://www.memphis.edu/testing/clep.php. 2. Credit for National Fire Academy courses taken at Emmitsburg, MD is awarded after evaluation by Transfer Affairs. Students should write to the NFA address below and request that their transcripts be sent to the U of M address below. (no fee) Office of Admissions Student Services Branch University of Memphis National Emergency Training Center 101 Wilder Tower 16825 South Seton Avenue Memphis, TN 38152 Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998 3. Credit for military instruction is also awarded after evaluation by Office of Admissions at U of M. Students with a record of active military service should send a copy of their DD214 to the U of M address above. (no fee) 4. For learning which does not either correspond to the content of existing courses or fall into Category Two above, the student develops an experiential learning portfolio which describes and documents higher learning. The development and evaluation of a portfolio is explained below and can also be found at http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/experiential-learning.php. Portfolio Assessment Assessment of portfolios is done only for students who have been accepted by the University of Memphis and the Degrees at a Distance Program and are working toward a bachelor’s degree. The preparation of a portfolio is optional. A maximum of 30 credits for experiential learning may be applied to the degree; however, there is no guarantee of any credit being awarded. Credit for college level experiential learning, through certain kinds of instruction in areas typical for firefighters, has already been established. These areas include: Firemanship training Hazardous materials Emergency medical services Radiological monitoring Guidelines to help students prepare a portfolio are attached: description and documentation are the key elements. It should be kept in mind that learning must be related to professional preparation in fire administration or fire science technology. If a student wishes to seek credit for learning which is unique to his situation and not in the categories mentioned above, he should make sure that it is described fully in the portfolio. Fees for Portfolio Assessment All students submitting portfolios must pay an initial assessment fee of $90.00 before the portfolio’s evaluation online through the Bursar’s Office. This is fee is non-refundable. The email confirming your payment from the Bursar’s office must be submitted with the portfolio electronically to the University College at email@example.com. If credit is awarded for the portfolio, the student will pay $30.00 per credit hour for the credit hours to be posted to the transcript. The $90.00 assessment fee will be subtracted from the total dollar amount due. For example, if a student is awarded 9 hours of credit (9 x $30), the $90.00 initially paid for assessment will be subtracted from the $270.00 owed, for a payment due of $180.00. When total fees are paid, the hours are posted to the student’s record and appear on the student’s transcript along with all other credit hours. Experiential Learning credit cannot substitute for basic General Education requirements or other required courses. It can only apply as general elective credit as needed to reach 120 minimum credit hours, 60 hours from a four year school, or 30 hours from the University of Memphis.
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