SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH123843
Module Leader Tony Kilpatrick
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Level 3

Summary of Content

The module focuses on the use of current fire engineering design codes to develop fire safety strategies for complex buildings. Students are required to analyse building designs, develop and justify fire engineering strategies. The fire engineering strategies must incorporate consideration of fire modelling analyses, fire safety management plans and practicality. The module is designed to integrate and extend student learning.


Fire safety analysis and evaluation of new and historic buildings Fire scenario analysis and fire modelling Fire engineering design codes and Regulations

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Analyse architectural themes and features, services design, building construction and fire safety issues for both new and historic buildings (FR: A1, A3, A5, A6, B1, B4, C2, C4))2. Apply fire engineering design codes and fire models to evaluate performance of safety systems in a fire (FR: A2, A5, B1, B4, C2, C3)3. Evaluate alternative fire safety strategies for a building and prepare a fire engineering report to justify an appropriate solution (FR: A3, A4, A6,B2, B3, B5, B6,C2, C4, C6)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning strategy is based on 2 simulation exercises (a new building project and a refurbishment project) where students take the role of a fire engineering consultant advising from the concept design stage through to building warrant application. The information flows between students and tutors will be primarily through GCULearn supported by lectures, seminar presentations and group discussions. 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

BSI BS7974 (Pts 1-10) [and amendment] (1999) BSI Code of Practice for the Application of Fire Engineering Methods 1999 ISO Code of Practice for the Application of Fire Engineering Building and Fire Safety Legislation Professional and academic journals BS 9999

Transferrable Skills

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

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 116.00
Practicals (FT) 20.00
Lectures (PT) 4.00
Assessment (PT) 60.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 200.00
Lectures (FT) 4.00
Independent Learning (PT) 116.00
Practicals (PT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 40.00 n/a Refurbishment project
Coursework 1 n/a 60.00 n/a New building project