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Human Resources Management in Fire Service Organizations
FIRE-330

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/05/2020

Course Description

A human resources management overview applied to fire and emergency service organizations. Theory, policies, procedures, and practices related to the management of publicly employed emergency personnel are distinguished. Analysis of human resource administration including personnel management, organizational development, productivity, recruitment and selection, performance management, discipline, and collective bargaining, and effectively dealing with ethical issues.

Requisites

Prerequisite

GOVT 200

Rationale

The development and continued well-being of all fire and emergency services organization is dependent upon an ongoing reassessment of the needs and assets of the organization. One of the greatest assets to any organization is its pool of personnel. The management of fire and emergency services personnel is an ongoing process that involves ever-evolving ways in which to manage, discipline and educate the employees of the organization. It is incumbent that one understands the theories, policies and procedures that guide these decisions on a daily basis.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the greatest challenges to managing fire service personnel.

  2. Identify key pieces of legislation that dictate various elements of management within the fire services.

  3. Identify relevant court cases that most impact management of fire services personnel.

  4. Identify and understand the challenges associated with recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion of fire service personnel.

  5. Understand the concepts of unionization and collective bargaining.

  6. Discuss the role of retention efforts such as mentoring and higher education within the fire services.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The following textbook will be mailed to you free of charge.

Edwards, S. (2009). Fire Service Personnel Management. Pearson. Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Disclaimer: The above resource(s) provide(s) information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these(this) resource(s).

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. APA Formatting Information: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words.All threads and replies must reflect critical thought. Relate the course content to real-world applications with biblical perspectives and cite a minimum of 1 source, per response, in current APA format.

Research Paper 1

The purpose of this paper is to examine the greatest challenges often faced by management within the fire services with a focus on a specific piece of legislation.  This paper should include a discussion of the specific legislation and how that legislation can and does impact the way in which fire services personnel are managed.  All papers must be completed through the lens of a Biblical Worldview where students will incorporate appropriate biblical passages and/or resources. The paper must be completed in APA formatting and consist of 750-1250 words (excluding all title, abstract and reference pages). In addition to the course text, all papers must utilize at least 4 outside scholarly sources to support evaluation an analysis.

Research Paper 2

The purpose of this paper is to further analyze and discuss the challenges associated with the management of fire services personnel. For the purposes of this paper, you may focus on challenges such as recruitment, hiring, retention, training, attrition, etc. While you may tie this paper into the Research Paper 1, be sure not to dwell on the information provided in the first paper.  This work should consist of entirely new information where you might, at most, draw a nexus to the legislation discussed previously.  All papers must be completed through the lens of a Biblical Worldview where students will incorporate appropriate biblical passages and/or resources. The paper must be completed in APA formatting and consist of at least 1500 words (excluding all title, abstract and reference pages). In addition to the course text, all papers must utilize at least 5 outside scholarly sources to support evaluation an analysis.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (8 at 75 pts ea)

600

Research Paper 1

175

Research Paper 2

225

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

FIRE 330

Textbook: Edwards, S. Fire Service Personnel Management. (2009).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Edwards.: chs. 1-2

1 presentation

3 websites

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

75

2

Edwards: ch. 3

1 presentation

3 website

DB Forum 2

75

3

Edwards: ch. 4

1 presentation

2 website

DB Forum 3

75

4

Edwards: chs. 5-6

1 presentation

3 websites

DB Forum 4

Research Paper 1

75

175

5

Edwards: ch. 7

1 presentation

2 websites

DB Forum 5

75

6

Edwards: chs. 8-9

1 presentation

2 websites

DB Forum 6

75

7

Edwards: ch. 11

1 presentation

4 websites

DB Forum 7

75

8

Edwards: ch. 13

1 presentation

4 websites

DB Forum 8

Research Paper 2

75

225

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.