ENFE603-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Fire Safety Systems

15 points
Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


Fire detection and alarm systems. Suppression systems. Fire extinguishment and water supplies. Smoke control systems. Integration of fire safety systems with building services.

This course deals with fire safety systems commonly encountered in fire engineering practice including fire detection and alarm, suppression and smoke management. There is a lot of material to cover in a very short time and it would be quite easily to have separate courses on detection, suppression and smoke control. Therefore there will be topics that cannot be covered in great detail and students may have to undertake their own reading and research outside of this course. It is expected that students who took ENGR403 (or their similar equivalent prior studies) remind themselves of that material.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course the students will have an understanding of the role of different active systems used for fire safety in buildings and other structures. The student will be become familiar with:

  • The types of active systems that are available;
  • The role of each system;
  • Their strengths and weaknesses;
  • How to make basic design calculations for each system;
  • Relevant New Zealand and international codes and standards.


ENGR403 or approval of the Head of Department .



Timetable Note

The course consists of two compulsory block visits to campus plus the online components. The block sessions will include time to give presentations, conduct some practical experiments, doing tests, etc. Dates and times for the block visits are:

Block Course 1: 5th March to the 7th March, inclusive
Block Course 2: 14th May to 16th May, inclusive

Unfortunately, the labs are currently in a state of flux due to the ongoing campus redevelopment so the lab activities will be subject to lab status. I will keep you posted on Learn as I know further.


Kevin Frank (BRANZ)


Each week there will be a study guide posted on Learn. The guide will specify what readings you need to complete, any associated online quiz that needs to be taken and any design assignment that is required. Readings will be taken from one or more of the course texts. When a study guide says “study” a particular chapter (or part of) then the material will be covered in the associated online quiz. When a study guide says “read” a particular part of a chapter then there will not be any questions as part of the online quiz on that material but you should still read it anyway. Readings and quizzes must be completed as individuals.

Online quizzes
The quizzes are designed to keep you on track and up to date in the course. The quizzes will be taken online and must be completed by the specified date. If you miss two or more quizzes you will be dropped from the course for lack of participation. The quizzes are designed to be straight-forward and demonstrate that you are keeping up with the material. Please let me know if you think a question does not make sense or the answer is not readily available from the readings.

To make answering the questions easier, a PDF file of all the questions and possible answers will be posted on Learn. This means you can do your readings away from the computer, note down your answers on a printed version of the PDF file and then type them into Learn at your leisure. There is no time limit to type in the answers but once you submit your final answers you will not be able to do the quiz again. There will be a limited window of opportunity in which to complete each quiz, typically two weeks after it has been posted on Learn.

You will find that there are essentially three types of question given in the quizzes:

• Single answer: this type of question will present you with several possible answers of which only one is correct. Learn presents these questions with a circular “radio” button (○);
• True or False: this is similar to the single answer question but there are only two options;
• Multiple answer: this type question has two or more correct answers. Blackboard presents these questions with a square “check” button (□).

Class test

There will be an up to 2-hours test during the second block which will cover the material up to that point in the course.


For most assignments there will be a set of instructions and a suggested reading list. Students may consult any other literature that they consider appropriate so long as full references are provided. Students are not allowed to use any ‘black-box’ models (such as B-RISK, FDS etc). All calculations are either to be presented by hand or developed by the student as a spreadsheet or equivalent.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Cote, Arthur E. Hall, John Raymond, 1948- Powell, Pam, 1949- Grant, Casey C. Solomon, Robert E; Fire Protection Handbook; 20th; National Fire Protection Associatio, 2008.

National Fire Protection Association; SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering; 5th; National Fire Protection Association.

Recommended Reading

Bukowski, Richard. , Moore, Wayne D; Fire alarm signaling systems; 3rd ed; National Fire Protection Association ; Society of Fire Protection Engineers, 2003.

Spearpoint, Michael. , New Zealand Centre for Advanced Engineering; Fire engineering design guide; 3rd ed; New Zealand Centre For Advanced Engineering, 2008.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

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