Course Syllabus

Note: This course code has changed from HS 384 to OSH 384. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.


This course introduces students to the International Fire Code, orienting them to the basics of understanding how to read code, interpret code, and apply modern codes in various situations. Students will learn to visually identify hazards and violations and perform fire code enforcement inspections through local inspections or simulated facility activities. They will learn to develop and write reports and inspection forms to use in their enforcement inspections. Students seeking work in fields related to occupational health and safety, firefighting, public safety, insurance, corporate safety, etc., should take this course. (2 credits)


There are no prerequisites for this class.


At the conclusion of the course, students will meet the following objectives:

  • State fire safety codes.
  • Identify fire safety hazards in simulated and real workplace environments.
  • Teach others occupational regulations pertaining to fire safety.

Required Materials

Students will be using the 2015 International Fire Code (Free Access) as their textbook.

Learning Model Architecture

  • Students will complete initial requirements.
    • Self-introduction discussion board.
    • Initial personal report.
    • Complete the syllabus quiz.
  • Students will create and continue to develop their own fire safety inspection forms, which will be due at the beginning of the semester, in the middle of the semester, and near the end of the semester. The final form will be used in your final inspection.
  • Students will ponder and prove by completing comprehension quizzes about the fire code. Quizzes will be due at the end of each week.
  • Students will fill out a fire safety journal entry each week.
  • Students will teach one another by creating and submitting fact sheets on safety topics two times a semester for assigned week.
  • Students will take and collect photos of fire safety hazards. The photo log will be turned in near the end of the semester.
  • Students on their own will conduct their own physical inspection of a facility and report the findings in a report. The inspection and report will be due near the end of the semester.
  • Students will complete a comprehensive exam at the end of the semester.

Grading Policies

Assignments in the course are worth the following points:

Assignment Points
Introduction Assignment 2
Initial Personal Report 4
Syllabus Quiz 2
Intro to Fire Code Quiz 1
Fire Safety Form #1 5
Fire Safety Form #2 8
Fire Safety Form #3 12
Quizzes: Weeks 02–13 (12 quizzes x 5 or 7 points each) 70
Spot the Fire Safety Issues (12 discussions x 5 points each) 60
Journal: Weeks 02–13 (12 journals x 8 points each) 96
Fact Sheets (2 x 15 points each) 30
Photo Assignment 15
Inspection 30
Final Exam 100
Total 435


Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 94 – 100%
A- 90 – 93%
B+ 87 – 89%
B 84 – 86%
B- 80 – 83%
C+ 77 – 79%
C 74 – 76%
C- 70 – 73%
D+ 67 – 69%
D 64 – 66%
D- 60 – 63%
F below 60%

Late Work

Unless late work is already specified in an assignment's rubric, assignments turned in within a week of the due date will be accepted with a 20% reduction in score. Assignments submitted after one week will not receive any points. 

Proctored Exams and Assessments

This course will use an online proctoring software called Proctorio. This makes it possible for students to take assessments and exams without a human proctor present. Proctored exams can be accessed like any other exam, once the software has been installed. Exams will be recorded by Proctorio and reviewed by the BYUI Testing Center. Any questionable exams will be forwarded to the instructor for further review.

For step-by-step instructions on Proctorio installation, please refer to this help guide article.


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.

Additional Information

Honor Code

Following the Honor Code is of great importance as you strive to be a disciple of Christ. Academic honesty and integrity is expected of all BYU-I students. To copy another's work from the Internet, a book, or from any other source and claiming it to be your own work, is plagiarism. Read the official definitions of plagiarism and cheating from the Academic Honesty portion of the Honor Code. Each case of plagiarism or cheating will be dealt with by the instructor. When working on a group project, you have the responsibility to assure that others in the group do not plagiarize. Any academic dishonesty issue will be referred to the BYU-I Dean of Students, if necessary. Even though you are taking this course online, BYU-Idaho's Dress and Grooming standards still apply. By adhering to the Honor Code you will create a learning environment, "consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."


Tutoring options for online students are available through the Academic Support Centers. There are tutors available to help you with your writing questions and there might be course-specific tutoring available. Check the Academic Support Centers for more details.

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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