BLSV14016 - Fire Engineering and Performance

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit covers the use of alternative and performance based solutions for building and fire engineering under the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the formulation of risk management strategies to address the occurrence of fires within buildings. Students will develop knowledge in problem solving, personal and interpersonal skills and using different communication modes.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prereq: BLAR12034 & BLSV12023

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 53.85% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluation
Comprehensive study guide, resources and video provided.
Existing resources will be retained and enhanced.
Action Taken
Existing resources maintained, with improvements made.
Source: Unit evaluation
Some of the study material needs to be updated (particularly to reflect the current BCA2016).
Teaching resources will be reviewed and amended to reflect legislative changes.
Action Taken
Teaching resources will be amended prior to Term 2, 2019 to reflect amendments to the BCA 2019.
Source: 'Have Your Say' survey
Provision of an exam is archaic and does not support ones learning outcomes.
The inclusion of examinations is based on recommendations from the external accreditation body for the CC61 Course, the AIBS. The continuation of exams for this and other similar units will be raised at the next scheduled accreditation meeting for CC61 to be help early 2019. The inclusion or otherwise of exams for this unit will reflect advice provided by the accreditation panel.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the use of alternative solutions for complying with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
  2. Propose performance based solutions for fire engineering requirements for buildings.
  3. Formulate risk management options to reduce the occurrence of a fire in a building.
  4. Engage in the solution of routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology and logic.
  5. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  6. Use effectively a range of appropriate communication modes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination