SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH102871
Module Leader Kristen Salzer-Frost
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful Completion of Level 3

Summary of Content

The module examines different approaches to, and objectives of, fire risk assessment with particular reference to social objectives, statutory and insurance industry requirements and the nature and scope of uncertainty inherent in the process. Alternative fire risk assessment methodologies are applied to different occupancy types, the outcomes evaluated and fire risk management plans developed.


Social objectives, legal, regulatory and economic context of fire risk assessment Non-deterministic fire risk assessment methods Deterministic fire risk assessment methods Fire risk management strategies

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Critically appraise alternative fire risk assessment methodologies with reference to social objectives, legal, regulatory and economic context and inherent assumptions and uncertainties (FR: A3, B3, B6, C4; BCS: A6, B3, B6)2. Apply non-deterministic fire risk assessment methods and evaluate the outcomes (FR: A2, A5, B1, C2; BCS: A2, A6, B1, C2)3. Apply deterministic fire risk assessment methods and evaluate the outcomes (FR: A2, A5, B2, B3, B5, C3, C6; BCS: A2, A6, B2, B3, B5, C3)4. Develop fire risk management strategies and plans (A4, A5, B5, C2, C4: A2, A6, B5, C3)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning strategy is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials and fire risk assessment exercises and is GCU Learn supported. The key issues and methods introduced in the lectures are explored through directed reading, self-study exercises, 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

Recommended Reading 'Economics of Fire Protection', Ramachandran, E & FN Spon, 1998 Society of Fire Protection Engineers Handbook, 3d Edition Academic and professional journals as directed

Transferrable Skills

D1, D2, D3, D7, D11, D12, D13, D14

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 8.00
Assessment (PT) 2.00
Independent Learning (FT) 188.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 200.00
Tutorials (PT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 188.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 2.00
Practicals (PT) 8.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 0.00 25.00 n/a CW1 Regulatory Effectiveness Analysis Essay
Coursework 2 0.00 25.00 n/a Probabilistic Risk Analysis Project Report
Coursework 3 0.00 50.00 n/a Fire Risk Assessment Project Report and Presentation