SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H123199
Module Leader Kristen Salzer-Frost
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

SCE H Maths or equivalent

Summary of Content

The module examines the processes of ignition, growth and development of a compartment fire, including the production of smoke and toxic gases, and the basis and application of mathematical and computer models to fire scenario analysis.


The processes, and products, of the ignition and combustion of materials with reference to scientific principles, environmental factors and material characteristics which control them. The fundamental and empirical basis of current fire models and the uncertainties associated with fire modelling. Fire scenario analysis using fire engineering forumlae and computer zone models.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Explain, in terms of the underlying science and the factors that influence the processes in practice, the processes of ignition, combustion and explosion for solids, liquids and gases (FR: A2, C3)2. Explain, in terms of the underlying science, flame characteristics and the factors that influence these characteristics (FR: A2,C3)3. Explain, in terms of the underlying science and the factors that influence the process, the processes of smoke and toxic gas production (FR: A2, C3)4. 'Distinguish between the fundamental and empirical basis of fire models and demonstrate an understanding of the uncertainties associated with fire modelling. (FR: A2, A5, B6, C1, C3)5. Analyse compartment fire scenarios and apply fire engineering formulae and computer zone models to estimate rate of fire growth and severity, smoke production and hazard. (FR: A2, A5, B1, B2, B4, C1, C2, C5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning strategy is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials and computer and experimental laboratory sessions and is GCULearn supported. The key themes and engineering models introduced in the lectures are explored through directed reading, self-study exercises, case studies, tutorial exercises, computer 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

The Principles of Fire Behaviour: J.G. Quintiere Fire Safety Engineering: a reference Guide: Richard Chitty (free download at 'infor4education') CFAST Users guide: NIST (http://www.nist/el/fire_research/cfast.cfm) B-Risk: User Guide and Technical Manual

Transferrable Skills

D1, D2, D3, D7, D8, D10, D12, D13, D14

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Lectures (PT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 137.00
Independent Learning (PT) 137.00
Tutorials (PT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 200.00
Assessment (PT) 15.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Practicals (PT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 3.00 60.00 35% Class TestUnseen Written Exam
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% Fire Scenario Analysis