SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H121214
Module Leader Jill Sutcliffe
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Structural Design and Analysis or equivalent

Summary of Content

The module examines the relationship between materials properties, standard fire resistance and reaction to fire tests and the use of test data within design methods to predict the performance of materials and structures in fire. The principles that underpin the design of structures exposed to fire are examined and Eurocode structural design methods will be applied to the design of steel, concrete and timber elements, frames and whole structures.


Properties of building materials and elements in fire. Standard fire resistance and reaction to fire tests and fire severity ratings. BSEN1990 to 6 design methods for steel, concrete including composite construct, masonry and timber elements, frames and whole structures exposed to fire.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Explain the performance characteristics of building materials in fire (FR: A2, C3)2. Explain the standard fire resistance and reaction to fire tests used to categorise materials, components and elements and the factors that influence the relationship between test data and the performance of materials and structural elements in the event of a fire (FR: A2, C3)3. Apply standard methods as covered BSEN1990 to 6 for the design of steel, concrete including composite construction, masonry and timber used for structural elements, frames and whole structures exposed to fire (FR: A5, B2, B4, C2)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning strategy is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions and design exercises and is Blackboard supported. The key themes, design methods and their application, introduced in the lectures are explored through directed reading, self-study exercises, tutorial exercises, laboratory sessions and the coursework assignments. Tutorial discussions and group exercises allow students to reflect on their own and other students learning and understanding and different approaches to problem solving. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme.

Indicative Reading

'Structural Design for Fire Safety', Buchanan, Wiley, 2001 "Design of Structural Elements" Ayra, 3 rd Edition Spon 2009 British Standard and European Codes of Practice as directed

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving D1 Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject D3 Independent working D7 Group working D12 IT Skills (including GCU Certificate in Basic ICT Competency) D13 Communication skills, written, oral and listening D14

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FDL) 6.00
Practicals (FDL) 2.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 180.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (FDL) 4.00
Independent Learning (PT) 136.00
Assessment (PT) 4.00
Tutorials (PT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 136.00
Tutorials (FDL) 8.00
Practicals (PT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 4.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Coursework 1: Fire Safety Design of Structural Steel, Weeks 6-9
Coursework 2 n/a 40.00 35% Coursework 2: Fire Safety Design of Structural Concrete, Weeks 10-12
Coursework 3 n/a 30.00 35% Coursework 3: Fire Safety Design of Structural Timber, Weeks 13-14