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SDCM71-315: Fire Engineering


This subject examines causes of fire, the spread of fire, fire and smoke development, the behaviour of materials in fires, the effects of fire on structural integrity; fire testing and compartmentalisation. Fire separation; statutory requirements for horizontal and vertical fire exits, fire resistance ratings and the maintenance of resistance by means of fire stopping materials, fire protection systems are also examined. 

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,570
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,710

Learning outcomes

1. Identify and apply key fire safety clauses from the National Construction Code; 2. Describe how 'deemed to satisfy' and 'performance-based' solutions to meet the NCC are developed and compare outcomes from both approaches; 3. Associate the role of a fire engineer with their impact on the fire engineering process; 4. Describe fire science fundamentals and fire dynamics and link these to design techniques and methodologies commonly used in the fire engineering discipline; 5. Analyse and predict human behaviour during a fire event and their interaction with fire safety systems; 6. Evaluate the impact fire testing has on the built environment, and 7. Explain the constraints and limitations of fire engineering.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/11/2021
Semester start17/01/2022
Subject start17/01/2022
Cancellation 1?31/01/2022
Cancellation 2?07/02/2022
Last enrolment30/01/2022
Withdraw – Financial?12/02/2022
Withdraw – Academic?05/03/2022
Teaching census?11/02/2022
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022