Fire Safety Design

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fire Safety Design

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SARC 221; Students must provide a portfolio of work for pre-approval before International Orientation and Enrolment week at Victoria University of Wellington. Students can only submit portfolios in a CD, PDF, website or propger booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an acurate representation of the student's skill set to date.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Basic principles of design to ensure the safety of people in buildings during a fire. The implications for building form, layout and interiors on escape route design, statutory requirements, and alternative solutions as means of compliance.

    The course covers the following topics:
    Fire behaviour
    Fire spread within buildings
    Fire spread to other buildings
    Fire safety systems
    Specific design
    Regulatory Environment

    Course Learning Objectives
    By the end of the course, students should have learned:
    1. The background to Fire Safety Codes.
    2. The basics of fire development and fire spread.
    3. To use different methodologies and systems to provide an appropriate level of fire safety in buildings.
    4. To conceptually design a multi-use building including fire safety requirements
    5. To critically analyse prescriptive and performance based requirements for fire safety in buildings.
    6. To produce a set of floor layouts, sections and elevations for a multi-use building incorporating fire safety features and egress planning along with other considerations.

    Tutorials: 20%
    On-Line Tests: 20%
    Project: 60%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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