The unit provides students with an understanding on the details of development of design fires with their likelihood of occurrence and modelling of active and passive building fire safety subsystems as well as the evacuation time. This will include detection and sprinkler operation predictions; suppression models and modelling of structure failure in various design fires. Smoke and flame spread and their management options, performance based detection and suppression system design and a fire brigade intervention model are also covered in the unit.

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VQB5612 - Scientific Principles for Fire Professionals

VQB5641 - Fire Safety Systems Design


VQB5751 - Fire Technology Modelling

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse fire detection methods and tools  
  2. Evaluate smoke hazards and appropriately use fire safety system options to reduce the risks;  
  3. Model active and passive fire safety systems, and their interactions  
  4. Model occupant evacuation during an emergency  
  5. Implement fire brigade intervention model.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Building evacuation (1000 words) 25%
Assignment Fire detection and suppression (1500 words) 30%
Report Smoke development and management (2500 words) 45%

Required reading

In addition to required texts, a very comprehensive set of course notes will be available that cover most topics. These notes will contain further references and reading material.

International Fire Engineering Guidelines
Australian Building Codes Board (2005)
Australian Building Codes Board

An Introduction to Fire Dynamics 3rd ed.
Drysdale, D., (2010)
John Wiley and Sons, London

International fire engineering guidelines (2005) is the most recent edition.

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