Fires and Explosions - FSCI6010

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Jon Tandy checkmark-circle


This module covers a range of core chemical science that relates to fire and explosive events. The applied investigation of such events is also discussed to give students a wider appreciation of previous case studies and the complexities of post-fire and post-blast investigations.


Contact hours

Private Study: 124
Contact Hours: 26
Total: 150 hours


Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Moodle Assessment (4 hours) – 20%
• Written Assessment (4 hours) – 20%
• Examination (3 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of advanced physics and chemistry related to fires and explosions.
2. Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the principals related to forensic investigation of fires and explosions.
3. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of how to analyse and identify accelerants, incendiary devices, explosives and explosive residues and apply this to solve problems, using ideas and techniques at the forefront of a discipline.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of how to manage and analyse fire and explosion scenes.
5. Demonstrate how to observe and assess damage to property and injuries to persons resulting from fires and explosions.
6. Demonstrate how to identify the causes of fires and explosions, and their classification as natural, accidental, negligent or deliberate and apply this knowledge to unseen scenarios.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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