Fire Safety Systems Design

Unit code: VQB5641 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
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VQB5612 - Scientific Principles for Fire Professionals
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of study provides students with an understanding of fire safety systems design principles and interaction between various sub-models as described in fire engineering guidelines. It covers developing fire scenarios and design fires based on ignition probability, availability and effectiveness of suppression system, and compartmentation and structural adequacy. It also covers basics of spread of smoke and fire in buildings, buoyancy of smoke, principles of smoke hazard management, structural performance in fire, detection, extinguishment and principles of evacuation.

The unit includes an application of the Fire Brigade Intervention Model (FBIM) to fire situations, and emphasizes knowledge about the capabilities of fire brigade equipment including trucks, water pumps, scaffolding, and hoses. Students will be given hands-on-experience of operating the equipment during a field visit to the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate appropriate responses to a variety of building fire safety events
  2. Assess the fire safety and associated risks of a building
  3. Evaluate various fire safety system options and analyse how these systems affect building fire safety; and
  4. Critically review the role and capabilities of fire brigade and assess occupational health and safety issues related to fire fighting and rescue operations.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
In class, close book, MCQ/SA type Tests (4)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 60%
Assignments (3) on Fire Dynamics and Behaviours of Structures under Heat/Fire
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Fire detection and suppression

Required reading

Recommended texts and other reading and course materials will be listed in VU Collaborate.

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