Bushfire Interface Design Workshop

Subject ENST90031 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Creswick - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours lectures, 72 hours practicals
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours

There will be three blocks of face-to-face teaching on weekends spread about one month apart over semester 2 (3+2+2 days). Assignment work is required between the face-to-face teaching.


EVSC90024 Bushfire Interface Science may be taken concurrently with this subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to field excursions and laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Disability Liaison http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/ students email: disability-liaison@unimelb.edu.au


Assoc Prof Kevin Tolhurst


Assoc Prof Kevin Tolhurst kgt@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to integrate the elements of the prior subject Bushfire Interface Science in the Victorian regulatory context, giving a detailed understanding of how performance based design can complement existing compliance legislation.

The lectures, workshops, fieldwork and individual project work will be completed over one semester as a combination of formal instruction, group work and individual work. On completing individual projects, students present their work to the rest of the class and provide a written and basic spatial plan for the design of a residential development in a bushfire interface area.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the Subject Students will:

  • Be able to gather information suitable for, and to assess, complex urban interface scenes to determine bushfire risks and to communicate this in oral and written form.
  • Be able to identify correctly, which alternative solutions options are appropriate to satisfy relevant planning and building regulations in high bushfire risk locations.
  • Be able to produce a plan for development of a complex urban interface scene that demonstrates with evidence how alternative solution criteria are satisfied. This will include building and planning elements, and will demonstrate understanding of the relationships between these mechanisms.
  • Be able to assess and make a decision on proposed development, possibly with changes or conditions of approval required.
  • Be able to identify and illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of existing regulatory controls.
  • Be able to recognise the inter-relationships between satisfying bushfire risk regulations and the range of related matters, such as economic viability, ecological values, aesthetics and ongoing maintenance issues.
  • Site Assessment, risk statement and report 1500 words 30% due week 4,
  • Assessment of proposal for development 1500 words 30% due week 8,
  • Plan of development for urban interface site equivalent of 2000 words 40% due week 12,
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://graduate.science.unimelb.edu.au/bushfire-planning-management
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Planning and Management
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) - Discipline Elective subjects

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