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This subject adopts an evidence-based approach to understanding house loss in bushfires. This knowledge is the basis for the delivery of alternative solutions and performance-based building and planning solutions for bushfire risk mitigation.
Bushfire Interface Science requires some critical background knowledge in order to be effectively delivered, the key pre-requisites are the successful completion of the building planning stream of the Postgraduate Certificate in Bushfire Planning and Management.
Note: This subject includes a pre-teaching period. During the pre-teaching period students are expected to complete the course readings, review the lectures and any other course preparation as outlined on the LMS. The LMS will become available at the commencement of the pre-teaching dates. Pre teaching starts on 27/06/2015
Intended learning outcomes
By the end of the subject students should:
- Have an understanding of how to quantify fire weather and its influence on both fire arrival severity and urban interface vulnerability;
- Fire progression & behaviour (advanced understanding);
- Have an understanding of how to quantify fire progression and behaviour as it transitions from continuous fuels into the urban interface;
- Have an understanding of how to quantify the various mechanisms implicit in a bushfire event and also recognise synergistic influences they have in the built form;
- Have a firm grounding in the historic evidence of building loss and the urban design and building system contexts that influenced these losses;
- Have an understanding of human behaviour in a fire environment and understand the process of decision-making, occupant response and the physiological and psychological effects of fire;
- Be able to consider the above fundamentals within a risk-based framework;
- Be introduced to the approaches taken in advanced risk mapping and in various settlement patterns.
Last updated: 3 November 2022