(3 credits)


  • Senior standing
  • Have permission of the department


  • none

Course Description

  • This is an integrative course in which students apply fundamental fire protection engineering concepts within deterministic and risk-based frameworks to evaluate building fire safety.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, the student should:

  • Be able to perform and present a comprehensive performance-based design of a building in accordance with prevailing professional standards.

Topics Covered

Deterministic Module:

  • Introduction to performance-based design
  • Overview of hazard analysis
  • Simple fire hazard analysis
  • Human behavior in fire
  • Structural fire protection design
  • Analysis of detection and suppression systems
  • Sensitivity analysis

Probabilistic Module:

  • Basic concepts
  • Decision Making
  • Introduction to Probabilistic Risk Analysis
  • Reliability and Availability
  • Risk Modeling Applications
  • Uncertainty analysis