JST484 Structures and the Effects of Fire (8)

The aim of this subject is to equip the student with advanced knowledge of the impact of fire on buildings and building materials, and the behaviour of buildings and building components affected by fire. Through this subject students will develop the knowledge required to professionally investigate fires involving buildings and a variety of building component materials. Fire patterns associated with different types of fires will be explored.


Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST484. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Limited to Fire Investigation students, and to those students who can demonstrate a connection with fire services (necessary for the completion of assessment tasks).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to review, critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge about the effects of fire on building components and safety aspects related to fire affected buildings;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts and underpinnings relevant to building behaviour and fire investigation; and
  • be able to demonstrate mastery in the recognition and critical analysis of the various phases of the combustion process involved in the spread of fire through buildings and from building to building.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Construction methods and materials
  • Active and Passive fire protection, life safety and building design
  • Fire spread in and around structures
  • Post fire indications and investigation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST484 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assessment item 1
Assessment item 2

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.