Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, student can

1. Assess the human safety in buildings using experimental and computational analyses of evacuation
2. Recognize and assess the fire consequences in residential and industrial scales
3. Apply the probabilistic risk analysis methods to assess fire risks for life and property
4. Describe and communicate the benefits, requirements and limitations of performance-based fire design
5. Combine the fire safety engineering methods to solve design-related problems

Credits: 5

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 09.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Simo Hostikka, Christian Riitamaa

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Week 1 Fire risk analysis and fire statistics
    Week 2 Quantitative Risk Assessment
    Week 3 Evacuation simulations
    Week 4 Fire toxicity and life safety, ASET/RSET
    Week 5 Performance-based fire safety design.
    Week 6 Fire-PRA applications
    Week 7 Project work role plays

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Learning methods

    - Lectures
    - Computer simulation exercises
    - Demonstration (evacuation drill)
    - Small group work on risk analysis methods
    - Role play for performance based design process kick-off
    - Individual design project


    - Simulation exercises: 40 %
    - Participation in contact sessions and evacuation drill: 20 %
    - Performance-based design project work: 40 %

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Student workload in total 133 hours:

    - Contact teaching: 24 h (6 x 4 h)
    - Contact teaching: simulation workshops: 6 h (6 x 1 h)
    - Demonstration: participation 2 h
    - Individual work: demonstration analysis report 2 h
    - Individual work: weekly simulation exercises: 25 h (5 x 5 h)
    - Individual work: reading literature 12 h
    - Individual work: design exercise: 60 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    1. Selected parts of Custer, R.L.P and Meacham, B.J. Introduction to Performance-Based Fire Safety
    2. Cuesta et al. Evacuation Modeling Trends. Springer Verlag, 2016
    3. SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering
    4. FDS guides
    5. FDS+Evac guides
    6. Lecture notes

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.