BLSV14016 - Fire Engineering and Performance
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit covers the use of alternative and performance based solutions for building and fire engineering under the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the formulation of risk management strategies to address the occurrence of fires within buildings. Students will develop knowledge in problem solving, personal and interpersonal skills and using different communication modes.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prereq: BLAR12034 & BLSV12023

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Mr Poulter has set the course in a format that works very effectively for distance students that work at full time jobs. As with all courses the onus is squarely on the student to study and follow lectures; Mr Poulter provides the information in a direct and efficient manner (no fluff) that ensures the student is in no doubt of what is required and provides a relevant insight into a most valuable industry. Moodle Maintain the current delivery methodology for this unit.
High level thinking required for this subject, with vast experience and knowledge provided by the lectures Moodle Maintain the current delivery methodology for this unit.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the use of alternative solutions for complying with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
  2. Propose performance based solutions for fire engineering requirements for buildings.
  3. Formulate risk management options to reduce the occurrence of a fire in a building.
  4. Engage in the solution of routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology and logic.
  5. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  6. Use effectively a range of appropriate communication modes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence            
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Examination    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone and headset
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDarryl O'Brien (d.obrien@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Topic 1: Performance based solutions and the BCA which is now the National Construction Code (NCC)

Week 2 17-07-2017

Topic 2: Fire Safety Engineering and the International Fire Engineering Guidelines

Week 3 24-07-2017

Topic 3: Implementation, Certification and Maintenance of Fire Engineered Solutions

Week 4 31-07-2017

Topic 4: Human Behaviour, Movement and Other Characteristics

Week 5 07-08-2017

Topic 5: Fire Detection, Suppression and Extinguishment

A1 Written Assessment Due Friday (11 Aug 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Vacation Week

Week 6 21-08-2017

Topic 6: Fire Brigade and Emergency Services Intervention and Guidance

Week 7 28-08-2017

Topic7: Fire Tests Used to Determine Building Material Combustibility and Early Fire Hazard Indices

Week 8 04-09-2017

Topic 8: Risk Management and Hazard Identification

Week 9 11-09-2017

Topic 9: Information, Technology and Logic

Week 10 18-09-2017

Topic 10: Building Characteristics, Design, Layout and Space Planning

Week 11 25-09-2017

Topic 11: Special Uses and Fire Engineering - Assembly Buildings

Week 12 02-10-2017

Topic 12: Special Uses and Fire Engineering - High Rises

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
A2 Written Assessment Due Wednesday (11 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title A1 Written Assessment
Task Description
Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment task description.
This assignment has multiple questions.
The questions relate to each of the learning outcomes for this unit.
Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (11-Aug-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Two weeks from the submission due date
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use of supporting information where appropriate and associated references.
  • Original thought.
  • Overall presentation and the ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Where appropriate the use of graphs, illustrations and other diagrams that visually support the context of your submission.
  • Demonstration of the core knowledge associated with this unit and appropriate application of this knowledge.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment submission criteria.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the use of alternative solutions for complying with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

2. Propose performance based solutions for fire engineering requirements for buildings.

3. Formulate risk management options to reduce the occurrence of a fire in a building.

4. Engage in the solution of routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology and logic.

5. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.

6. Use effectively a range of appropriate communication modes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title A2 Written Assessment
Task Description
Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment task description.
This assignment has multiple questions.
The questions relate to each of the learning outcomes for this unit.
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Wednesday (11-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Two weeks from the submission due date
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use of supporting information where appropriate and associated references.
  • Original thought.
  • Overall presentation and the ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Where appropriate the use of graphs, illustrations and other diagrams that visually support the context of your submission.
  • Demonstration of the core knowledge associated with this unit and appropriate application of this knowledge.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment submission criteria.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the use of alternative solutions for complying with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

2. Propose performance based solutions for fire engineering requirements for buildings.

3. Formulate risk management options to reduce the occurrence of a fire in a building.

4. Engage in the solution of routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology and logic.

5. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.

6. Use effectively a range of appropriate communication modes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the use of alternative solutions for complying with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

2. Propose performance based solutions for fire engineering requirements for buildings.

3. Formulate risk management options to reduce the occurrence of a fire in a building.

4. Engage in the solution of routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology and logic.

5. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.

6. Use effectively a range of appropriate communication modes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice


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