Course Summary
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10 days (57 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 hazardous materials


The course objective is to provide the student with the knowledge of chemistry necessary to perform a chemical analysis and risk assessment for the purpose of implementing a risk-based process during hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incident response.

Learning Outcomes:

  • conduct an initial product analysis for a given product using limited information
  • explain the logical and systematic order of elements using the periodic table
  • analyze seven families of salts, including name, general formula, hazards and any special rules
  • analyze five families of inorganic non-salts, including name, general formula, hazards and any special rules
  • analyze four families of hydrocarbons, including name, formula, chemical structure, hazards, and any special characteristics
  • analyze the components that comprise all hydrocarbon derivative compounds
  • analyze 13 families of hydrocarbon derivatives, including name, general formula, hazards and any special rules
  • using knowledge of the chemical families, as well as the chemical and physical properties for a given hazardous material, analyze the hazards of the material
  • reinforce key concepts presented in the course and the relationship of those concepts to their own work responsibilities.

General Topics:

  • Product analysis and risk assessment
  • The periodic table and atomic structure
  • Salts
  • Inorganic non-salts
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Hydrocarbon radicals, international union of pure and applied chemistry, and functional groups
  • Hydrocarbon derivatives
  • Physical and chemical properties
  • Application activities
  • Course summation
  • The way forward
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Case Studies
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials