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SDCM71-315: Fire Engineering September 2020 [Standard]

General information

Topics covered include causes of fire, the spread of fire, fire and smoke development, the behaviour materials in fires, the effects of fire on structural integrity; fire testing, 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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SDCM71-315
Subject title:Fire Engineering
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside class. It is also necessary for students to engage proactively and contribute positively in discussions, analyses and case studies. The assessments are an important part of developing the knowledge and understanding required to fulfil the minimum requirements of this subject. In addition to “remote” face-to-face contact time, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning. More time may be required depending on the student's comprehension of the content delivered in class and aptitude for the subject. Please note that subsequent subjects assume the student has a full understanding of this subject - this content will not be repeated.


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Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Concept Document Scenario analysis 20% Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4.
Written Report Preparation of Fire Engineering report 30% Week 10 1, 2, 4, 5.
Take-home Examination Timed take-home exam 50% Final Examination Period 3, 5, 6, 7.

Pass requirement

Students must achieve a minimum 50% cumulative across all assessment items to be eligible to pass this subject.

  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

A broad overview and introduction of fire engineering is presented.

Review of historical events and developments that have resulted in the current codes and requirements that a fire engineer must now meet.

The structure of the National Construction Code is discussed with a focus on how it influences the design of structures when considering fire design.

Methods to achieve and verify performance solutions are introduced with a detailed investigation of comparative and absolute assessments. An example assessment for a structure is presented as a case study.

Introduction to fire science through considerations of fire chemistry, flammability, and heat transfer.

Investigation of fire dynamics through general fire profiles looking at various phases of fire development (incipient, growth, flashover, fully developed and decay).

Design fire principles are introduced through the definition of fire characteristics.

Fuel-controlled fire behaviour is described, and calculations based on the flame characteristics are performed.

Ventilation-controlled fires behaviour is described.

The concepts of flashover and burnout is discussed and its prediction through empirical formulations is given.

Discussion and comparative assessments of fire severity, fire resistance, and compartmentation.

The mechanisms of fire spread are investigated with a focus on vertical spread between floors and horizontally between buildings or allotments.

The mechanisms of fire spread are investigated with a focus on vertical spread between floors and horizontally between buildings or allotments.

The protection of openings are investigated with deemed to satisfy and performance solutions presented.

Methods to detect (e.g. ionisation, optical, flame etc.) and suppress (e.g. sprinklers, hydrants, fire extinguishers etc.) fires are investigated and design of such systems are introduced.

The concept of smoke control is considered through Smoke Hazard Management systems (ventilation, pressurisation and/or compartmentation). The choice of system is discussed and considered through flame and plume characteristics, and the requirements set out by the National Construction Code.

Evacuation principles of visibility, exit signs and warning systems are presented with an initial discussion on occupant characteristics and behaviour during a fire event.

Methods for modelling of fire and smoke and evacuation are introduced. The application and limitations of such modelling are discussed.

Case study - to bring all concepts of the course together a fire engineering assessment is performed on a realistic structure.

Approved on: Sep 7, 2020. Edition: 4.3
Last updated: Sep 7, 2020.