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Undergraduate Course: Fire Science Design Project 5 (CIVE11026)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) Credits 10
Home subject area Civil Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This course is project based. The project will draw upon materials taught in Fire Science and Fire Dynamics and Quantitative Methods in Fire Safety Engineering 5 courses. The brief will include a case study where the student will be provided with a building or infrastructure facility, its use and content and asked to develop a Fire Safety Strategy. The strategy is not to be prescriptive but one that uses engineering tools to establish the performance of different systems. The students will also be required to attempt an assessment of the accuracy of their calculations based on more fundamental principles of fire science, heat transfer, etc. Definition of uncertainties is an integral part of any fire safety strategy. The course focuses on the application of fire safety science principles to the design of a fire safety strategy. Thus the developed strategy must be shown in a quantitative manner to achieve the goals that fire safety regulations are intended to enforce. The student must display an understanding of engineering tools to demonstrate the validity of the proposed solution. The student must show enough proficiency on these tools to be able to estimate potential errors and the limitations of the methodologies. The students are required to study individually and use literature and internet based resources to accomplish the specified task. The student must demonstrate an insight into the full range of issues and problems covered.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Fire Science and Fire Dynamics 4 (CIVE10011) AND Quantitative Methods in Fire Safety Engineering 5 (CIVE11022)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Structural Engineering Design Project 5 (CIVE11018) OR Environmental Engineering Design Project 5 (CIVE11019) OR Management Planning Project 5 (CIVE11020)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
Additional information 40 hour(s) per week for 2 week(s). Design project to be carried out in Weeks 1-2 in Semester 2.
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Proficiency in application and interpretation of fire safety engineering. The course is intended to be undertaken largely by personal study. It requires the students to research the subject area sufficiently to enable them to critically evaluate a performance solution by means of fire dynamics theory and calculations. An important outcome is to acquire the capability of establishing the limitations of performance-based solutions.
Assessment Information
Project report 100%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The Fire Safety Engineering Design Project is based around a case study of performance-based design of a combined rail/bus terminal located near an international border [1]. This was the subject of an international conference in which teams from five different countries (US, UK, France, Australia and Japan) presented designs for transportation centres located in their respective countries.

The recommended approach follows the progression of a typical fire safety engineering project (cf. BS7974):
a) Qualitative Design Review (QDR);
b) quantitative analysis;
c) assessment against criteria;
d) reporting of results.
The students& work during the project is self led. Staff will be present to introduce the task, and to provide advice and assistance. Detailed information is provided in the project briefing document and associated files.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Case studies $ Performance-based design, vol. 1-2, Proc. 5th Int. Conf. on Performance-based codes and fire safety design methods, SFPE, European Commission Facilities, Luxembourg, 6-8 October 2004
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords Fire safety engineering, performance based design
Course organiser Dr Stephen Welch
Tel: (0131 6)50 5734
Course secretary Mrs Sharon Mulvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 7076
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