Public Safety Communications (PSCM)

Registration in some course sections is restricted to students in particular programs. See Timetables - kpu.ca/registration/timetables - for current section information.

Visit the BC Transfer Guide - bctransferguide.ca - for information about course transfer in B.C.

PSCM 1100  3 credits  
Call Processing  

Students will work in cooperative teams to learn and practise call-processing skills needed by communicators for successful integration into public safety and related industries, using both manual and automated systems. They will learn technical language used in the industry and how agencies function.

Level: UG

Co-requisite(s): PSCM 1280

Attribute: BUSI

PSCM 1120  3 credits  
Radio Communications  

Students will gain competency through practice in simulated radio dispatching within a communication centre team environment, applying radio protocol and procedures to Industry Canada specifications. They will identify the technologies (telephone, radio, and computer-aided dispatch systems) used within the communications industry in radio communications.

Level: UG

Co-requisite(s): PSCM 1280

Attribute: BUSI

PSCM 1140  3 credits  
Human Behaviour  

Students will analyze and practice inclusive techniques for dealing with the elderly, young children, the mentally and emotionally disadvantaged, and those members of our community with language barriers. They will learn to recognize and deal effectively with occupational, organizational, and event-related stress within themselves through journal writing and personal reflection.

Level: UG

Co-requisite(s): PSCM 1280

Attribute: BUSI

PSCM 1150  3 credits  
Legal & Regulatory Influences  

Students will examine the legal and regulatory influences on primary responding public safety agencies such as police, fire, and ambulance services. They will research federal and provincial statutes, municipal by-laws, and common laws affecting the public safety sector.

Level: UG

Co-requisite(s): PSCM 1280

Attribute: BUSI

PSCM 1200  3 credits  
Police Communications  

Students will work in a team environment to operate a simulated tri-service communications centre. They will learn the protocols and techniques for police call processing and radio dispatching through practical simulations, beginning at an entry level of operational competency and working up to handling multiple incident scenarios

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSCM 1100 and 1120 and 1140 and 1150 and 1400

Co-requisite(s): PSCM 1281

Attribute: BUSI

PSCM 1240  3 credits  
Human Behaviour II  

Students will further study psychological disorders, social disobedience and victimization emphasized from the perspective of public safety communicators. The student will apply stress management techniques to deal with: critical incident stress, shiftwork, media stress, and sleep disorders. Students will also reflect on and acquire practical insights into different types of behaviors and their effects as they practice interaction with a diverse group of callers.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSCM 1100 and 1120 and 1140 and 1150 and 1400

Co-requisite(s): PSCM 1281

Attribute: BUSI

PSCM 1260  3 credits  
Practicum  

Students will observe and experience hands-on operations in a variety of public safety communications centres. They will produce written reports on procedures, technologies, and organization used in each centre.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSCM 1100 and PSCM 1120 and PSCM 1140 and PSCM 1150 and PSCM 1400

Co-requisite(s): PSCM 1281

Attribute: BUSI

PSCM 1280  1.5 credits  
Public Safety Communications Lab 1  

Students will examine computer aided dispatch software concepts, and its application to the public safety communications field. They will use the communications lab telephone system, computer aided dispatch software, mapping software and Records Management System (RMS) software to create and dispatch emergency calls in a simulated lab environment. Students will achieve a minimum 45 nwpm keyboarding speed.

Level: UG

Attribute: BUSI

PSCM 1281  1.5 credits  
Public Safety Communications Lab 2  

Students will continue to use the communications lab telephone system, current computer aided dispatch software, mapping software and Records Management System (RMS) software to create and dispatch emergency calls in a simulated lab environment. They will practice scenarios to assess a variety of responses for police, fire and ambulance and become proficient in the processing and dispatching of emergency calls. Students will achieve a minimum 50 net words per minute (NWPM) keyboarding speed.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSCM 1280

Attribute: BUSI

PSCM 1300  3 credits  
Fire Communications  

Students will identify the protocols and techniques for incident processing and dispatching in the fire service. They will utilize procedures for WHMIS and TDG in the context of fire exercises. Fire call processing, radio dispatching and incident command will be practiced in lab simulations. Students will work in a team environment to operate a simulated tri-service communications centre by the end of the course.

Level: UG

Co-requisite(s): PSCM 1281

Attribute: BUSI

PSCM 1400  3 credits  
Emergency Planning  

Students will examine emergency planning and preparedness regulations and procedures at the federal, provincial and municipal level, with the focus on analyzing the interaction of public safety agencies during a person-induced or natural disaster. They will apply their knowledge of emergency planning to establish and prepare personal strategies and equipment for themselves and their families.

Level: UG

Co-requisite(s): PSCM 1280

Attribute: BUSI

PSCM 1500  3 credits  
Emergency Medical Communications  

Students will learn the protocols and techniques for incident processing and dispatching in emergency medical situations. They will practice emergency medical call assessment and radio dispatching in lab simulations in a team environment, and will provide emergency medical telephone instruction. They will work together to operate a simulated tri-service communications centre.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): PSCM 1100 and PSCM 1120 and PSCM 1140 and PSCM 1150 and PSCM 1400

Co-requisite(s): PSCM 1281

Attribute: BUSI

This online version of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Calendar is the official version of the University Calendar. Although every effort is made to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, KPU reserves the right to make any corrections in the contents and provisions of this calendar without notice. In addition, the University reserves the right to cancel, add, or revise contents or change fees at any time without notice. To report errors or omissions, or send comments or suggestions, please email Calendar.Editor@kpu.ca

Back To Top