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SDCM71-315: Fire Engineering


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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Current: $5,070
  • Commencing in May 2021: $5,250

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.

Enrolment requirements

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens12/11/2019
Semester start13/01/2020
Subject start27/01/2020
Cancellation 1?09/02/2020
Cancellation 2?12/02/2020
Last enrolment07/02/2020
Withdraw – Financial?21/02/2020
Withdraw – Academic?08/03/2020
Teaching census?20/02/2020
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020