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Data Analysis and Interpretation

About This Specialization Learn SAS or Python programming, expand your knowledge of analytical methods and applications, and conduct original research to inform complex decisions. The Data Analysis and Interpretation Specialization takes you from data novice to data expert in just four project-based courses. You will apply basic data science tools, including data management and visualization, modeling, and machine learning using your choice of either SAS or Python, including pandas and Scikit-learn. Throughout the Specialization, you will analyze a research question of your choice and summarize your insights. In the Capstone Project, you will use real data to address an important issue in society, and report your findings in a professional-quality report. You will have the opportunity to work with our industry partners, DRIVENDATA and The Connection. Help DRIVENDATA solve some of the world's biggest social challenges by joining one of their competitions, or help The Connection be…

The Effect of Fires on People, Property and the Environment

The Effect of Fires on People, Property and the Environment

About this course: Fires impact people, property and the environment in all countries around the world. In some cases, the resulting losses are extraordinary, causing hundreds of deaths, widespread damage to property and contents and significant impacts on the environment. More often, fires may cause a single casualty or affect a single home, though the effects are still highly significant to those affected and collectively are substantial. This course will provide an overview of the challenges posed by fire as well as the fire safety solutions that are available to meet those challenges.

Created by:   University of Maryland, College Park

Commitment6 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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Introduction to Fire Behavior

4 videos4 readings
  1. Video: Fire Protection Engineering [10:58]
  2. Reading: Fire Protection Engineering [ppt]
  3. Video: Flames [11:08]
  4. Reading: Flames [ppt]
  5. Video: Products of Fires [18:43]
  6. Reading: Products of Fire [ppt]
  7. Video: Compartment Fires [24:08]
  8. Reading: Compartment Fires [pdf]
Graded: Introduction to Fire Behavior Quiz
What is Fire Protection Engineering?

6 videos6 readings
  1. Video: Catastrophic Fires [7:51]
  2. Reading: Catastrophic Fire [ppt]
  3. Video: Designing Safer Building [7:31]
  4. Reading: Design Safer Buildings [pdf]
  5. Video: History of Fire Protection Engineering [18:57]
  6. Reading: History of Fire Protection Engineering [pdf]
  7. Video: Why Fire Protection Engineering is an Exciting & Rewarding Profession [13:55]
  8. Reading: Why Fire Protection Engineering is an Exciting & Rewarding Profession [pdf]
  9. Video: About SFPE [11:34]
  10. Reading: About SFPE [pdf]
  11. Video: Licensure of Fire Protection Engineers [19:09]
  12. Reading: Licensure of Fire Protection Engineers [pdf]
Graded: What is Fire Protection Engineering?
Fire Safety Subsystems

4 videos4 readings
  1. Video: Fire Safety Systems [11:39]
  2. Reading: Fire Safety Systems [pdf]
  3. Video: Detection and Alarm Systems [19:08]
  4. Reading: Detection and Alarm Systems [pdf]
  5. Video: Fire Suppression Systems [19:46]
  6. Reading: Fire Suppression Systems [pdf]
  7. Video: Smoke Control Systems [22:40]
  8. Reading: Smoke Control Systems [pdf]
Graded: Fire Safety Systems Quiz
The Effects of Fire on People

4 videos4 readings
  1. Video: What is Human Behavior in Fire? [22:50]
  2. Reading: What is Human Behavior in Fire? [pdf]
  3. Video: What Human Behavior in Fire is NOT [17:55]
  4. Reading: Why Human Behavior in Fire is NOT… [pdf]
  5. Video: Types of Human Behavior in Fires: Incidents & Case Studies [27:41]
  6. Reading: Types of Human Behavior in Fires: Incidents and Case Studies [pdf]
  7. Video: Transition into Practice: Why Does all of this Matter? [20:45]
  8. Reading: Translation into Practice – Why does all of this matter? [pdf]
Graded: The Effects of Fire on People
Effects of Fire on Property and the Environment

3 videos3 readings
  1. Video: The Effect of Fire on Property and the Environment [24:40]
  2. Reading: The Effect of Fire on Property and the Environment [ppt]
  3. Video: Impact of Fire on Property/Contents [16:34]
  4. Reading: Impact of Fire on Property/Contents [ppt]
  5. Video: Impact of Fire on the Environment [15:43]
  6. Reading: Impact of Fire on the Environment [ppt]
Graded: The Effects of Fire on Property and the Environment
Implementing Fire Safety Designs

4 videos4 readings
  1. Video: Implementing Fire Safety Systems [17:52]
  2. Reading: Concepts of Fire Safey Design [ppt]
  3. Video: Code-Based Approach to Fire Safety Design [15:48]
  4. Reading: Code-Based Approach to Fire Safety Design[ppt]
  5. Video: Performance Based Approach to Fire Safety Design [13:54]
  6. Reading: Performance-Based Approach to Fire Safety Design[ppt]
  7. Video: Engineering Methods for Fire Safety Design [13:20]
  8. Reading: Engineering Methods for Fire Safety Design[ppt]
Graded: Implementing Fire Safety Designs
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University of Maryland, College Park
The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign.


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