Course handbook


This course explores the principle and practice of the assessment, evaluation and the provision of recommendations associated with fire safety alternative solutions. Students will understand building regulations, fire dynamics, fire safety measures, human behaviour and risk assessment, as well as developing knowledge of the practical design process adopted by the industry. Building information modelling (BIM) will be explored in relation to its application to fire safety and compliance.

Availability2017 Course Timetables

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2017


  • Semester 2 - 2017

BCA Singapore

  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand fire dynamics, fire initiation through to decay and combustion effects.

2. Investigate building regulations and fire engineering principles and their application to fire engineered alternative solutions.

3. Understand active and passive fire safety systems and their application.

4. Understand human behaviour and risk assessment.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of building information modelling (BIM) in the context of fire safety and compliance.

6. Apply knowledge of the practical design process adopted by the industry

7. Present written and visual concepts and ideas.


  • The National Construction Code, Australian Standards and the International Fire Engineering Guidelines.
  • Fire dynamics, convection, conduction and radiation.
  • Fire initiation and development, ignition, pre-flashover, flashover and decay.
  • Building occupant characteristics and behaviour during fire emergencies.
  • Building fire service and equipment including types and application.
  • The Fire Engineering Brief and Fire Engineering Report: Fire engineered alternative solutions.
  • Design and maintenance of fire safety measures.
  • Certification processes including fire safety schedules, certificates and statements.
  • The Building Surveying and Fire Engineering professions.
  • Building information modelling (BIM) and its application to fire safety and compliance including the simulations of fire related scenarios

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Report: Written Professional Report: Fire Brief

Written Assignment: Journal Article Assessment

Report: Professional report addressing a problem of the practical design process adopted by the industry.

Contact hours

BCA Singapore, Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term