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Fire and Explosion Safety (ENG518)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Determining the cause of a fire or explosion involves the re-creation of the fire spread through a building, which requires the application of: combustion science; fluid dynamics and heat transfer; physical metallurgy; strength of materials; architectural design; computer simulation; inventory auditing and interviewing skills. This unit is designed to show how professionals use these concepts and principles of fire dynamics to analyse fires and explosions which involves an interdisciplinary approach and application of science and engineering to real-life problem solving.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this unit, students will have an appreciation of:
1. Knowing combustion science to determine mass conversion; heat release rate, and production of chemical species from combustion
2. Knowing fire protection systems: active (automatic suppression, detection systems); passive (fire/smoke barrier systems, structural members under fire conditions)
3. Analysis of smoke and fire dynamics
4. Recognising human behaviour in fire
5. Undertaking the human, financial and environmental factors in fire risk assessment
6. Applying the acquired knowledge in items 1-5 in design of safe buildings and constructions
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 1 hour per week; tutorials/workshops: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Every topic will have reading and supportive material as well as lecture recording on LMS. Most of the learning will be self-directed but guided by the unit coordinator who will highlight the depth of each topic required with reference to PowerPoint presentations available on LMS. Additional reading will be recommended to enhance the depth and breadth of understanding. A number of case studies will be presented to ensure the coverage of different circumstances.
Assessment Assignment 30% on aspects related to science and engineering, based on the PowerPoint presentations and practice problems and solutions provided on LMS.
Group Assignment 30% based on case studies
Examination (open book) 40%
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Safety Science
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Diploma in Safety Science (GradDipSafetySci) [New in 2017]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Mohammednoor Altarawneh
Associate Professor Chemical Engineering

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7507
e: M.Altarawneh@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.041A - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor Mohammednoor Altarawneh
Associate Professor Chemical Engineering

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7507
e: M.Altarawneh@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.041A - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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