Foundation Degree of Science (FDSc) Fire Safety Engineering (QF Level 4)
Introduction to Combustion and Fire
This module introduces the learner to the fundamental scientific principles of combustion and fire. The primary goal is to provide students with general understanding and knowledge of combustion, fire and explosion phenomena. The main definitions, approaches and techniques developed in combustion and fire science and engineering are introduced to set the scene for the further in-depth studies through all other fire related modules in the Fire Curriculum. Alongside the introduction to fires and combustion, the module provides basic information and knowledge from related disciplines (chemical kinetics and thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer). This introduces all necessary elements, which are required to start a consistent further education in the diverse and multidisciplinary area of fire safety.
Safety and Fire Law
This module will provide a general understanding of the nature and extent of the legal system operating in the UK/HK. It will also provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the principles of the law used by managers in the workplace and will include Safety and Fire Law.
Energy Transfer and Thermodynamics
This module introduces students the main principles of energy transfer, thermodynamics and fluid dynamics. The main definitions, approaches and techniques are introduced to set the scene for the further in-depth studies through all other energy related modules in the energy and fire safety engineering curriculum. Alongside the introduction to energy transfer and thermodynamics, the module provides basic information and knowledge from related disciplines (general physics, fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer). This introduces all necessary elements, which are required to start a consistent further education in building and fire safety engineering.
Buildings, Materials and Fire
All parts of buildings and their contents must be made of something. The art of construction is to use materials in such a way that they are not exposed to conditions they cannot tolerate.
The overall aim of this module is to introduce students to the functional requirements of materials for structures and describe the main features of the principal materials in use and the way structures are designed to take account of those features. This module will introduce the student to the principles of construction methods. This module will also develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the behaviour, performance and limitations of construction materials. This module is designed to provide students with an appreciation of the properties and design implications of construction materials and introduce the student to structural design of buildings and building elements exposed to fire.
Introduction to Engineering Analysis
To introduce basic maths concepts, to extend the student’s range of mathematical concepts, develop basic techniques and apply them in the analysis and solution of common engineering problems.
Community Fire Safety
To provide an underpinning framework to develop the student to provide community safety advice and improve their overall awareness of factors which can prevent the safety messages from getting to the groups most at risk within the community.
The module is the first of three which will focus on the links between prevention, protection and response.
Skills for Science and Engineering
This module aims to enable the students to develop the mathematical, statistical, analytical, information technology, communication and research skills, which are required to progress through the course. This will include a range of presentation and communication skills using a variety of media.
Fluid Dynamics of Fire
This module aims to enable the students to assimilate the fundamental principles underlying fluid flow and to apply these to fires and explosions. The module is designed to develop theoretical and practical themes introduced in Level 4. The aim of this module is to further improve qualitative understanding of combustion, fire and explosion phenomena and develop skills in their quantification.
Fire and Built Environment
This module aims to develop an awareness and understanding of the impact of fires on the built environment, including building construction methods and materials used, smoke movement and control, law, regulations and standards. It explores different types of fire behaviour in the built environment. The module provides students with case studies of the impact of fires on buildings nationally (UK/HK) and internationally. Through the learning and teaching strategy, the module will also enhance students’ employability skills such as independent working, analysis, problem solving and presentations.
Fire Safety Management & Legislation
The aim of this module is to:
- Provide an understanding of the types of behaviour that occupants exhibit in fire situations during emergency evacuation
- Develop an awareness and appreciation of the consequences of fire in the built environment
- Provide an understanding of the importance of fire safety systems, means of escape and the fire safety management systems
- Develop an understanding of legal aspects of fire safety and other relevant legislation
Structures, Materials and Fire
This module will develop the students understanding of structural engineering, the behaviour of materials, and the effects of fire on the construction of multi-storey buildings. Students will investigate and appraise the design, construction, and performance of framed and masonry structures under normal and fire conditions.
Community Fire Safety Strategies
This module follows on from the Fire Risk Management 1 and builds on the knowledge gained to develop further skills to work effectively and efficiently with partner agencies.
It will introduce the concept of investigating the cause behind the cause, which will develop research skills to influence further risk reduction strategies.
Fire Science Project
This module aims to provide the students with the opportunity to develop research and evaluation skills. On an individual basis the student will be required to carry out a study involving theoretical, computational, experimental or investigative analysis, or a combination of these. Through the learning and teaching strategy, the module will also enhance students’ employability skills such as written communication skills, independent planning and execution of the project.