ENGR 7026 Performance Solutions for Bushfire Protection

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301265

Coordinator Grahame Douglas Opens in new window

Description This unit describes the processes and techniques available to develop performance outcomes to the planning and building of structures required for bushfire protection in Australia. This unit provides advanced methods to address performance when considering bushfire protection measures. It also introduces the 'bushfire protection guidelines' and processes similar to that used in developing performance solutions under the National Construction Code. These include the use of event tree analysis, verification methods, consideration of climate change and the use of annual exceedance probabilities when developing performance solutions. Students are required to develop suitable measures through a performance solution for bushfire protection of a building.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) ENGR 7012

Co-requisite(s) ENGR 7005

Equivalent Subjects ENGR 7003 Alternate Solutions for Bushfire Prone Areas

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 3709 Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Protection or 3708 Masters in Bushfire Protection and have completed 70 credit points of study.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must have prior knowledge of Bushfire behaviour, planning, building, bushfire fighting and emergency management.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Examine the principles of performance based design as it applies to bushfire protection.
  2. Apply the bushfire safety protection guideline process and techniques applicable to bushfire.
  3. Apply the appropriate fire behaviour models and the impacts of climate change to the development of suitable bushfire protection design.
  4. Apply appropriate verification methods using annual exceedance probabilities for the design bushfire
  5. Identify and explain the concept of 'measures in combination' as it applies to developments in bushfire prone areas.
  6. Examine the use and limitations of event tree analysis in bushfire protection design.
  7. Develop performance approaches and solutions to planning and building in bushfire prone areas.

Subject Content

1. Introduction to performance based approaches and bushfire design.
2. Bushfire protection guidelines and its application to the bushfire event.
3. Bushfire Protection Verification Method and the design bushfire.
4. Climate change and its impact on design bushfire.
5. Bushfire Protection Measures in combination.
6. Performance planning as a driver of bushfire protection.
7. Tools, techniques and data for bushfire protection analysis.
8. Landscape fires and fire-generated winds.
9. Landscaping and maintenance to address performance.
10. Reporting and implementation of performance solutions.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Two Short Answers: Introduction to Performance 1,000 words (500 each question) 20 N Individual
Essay: Bushfire Protection Design 1,000 words 20 N Individual
Report: Fire Weather Assessment 2,500 words 30 Y Individual
Report: Performance Solutions (Construction) 2,500 words 30 Y Individual

Spring

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
N Individual
N Individual
N Individual
N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Online

Online

Subject Contact Grahame Douglas Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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