Fire Dynamics


This online fire dynamics course will help you develop a thorough understanding of the scientific principles of combustion and the methods of extinguishment.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Examine the principles of combustion and fire development
  • Debate and summarise the factors involved in the extinction of fire
  • Evaluate and explain the principles of heat transfer and spread of fire
  • Compare and contrast the process of smoke generation and development within a compartment
  • Predict fire development and smoke filling in a simple volume


Assessment for this course is:

  • 20% Practical lab
  • 30% Tests
  • 50% Examination. 

For more information about exams, including a full list of exam times go to our exam page:

Assessment for this course includes an examination

Labs requirements

A 3 day practical Laboratory held in either Christchurch or Rotorua  is a requirement for this course.

Your lecturer/tutor will confirm the actual dates (and further requirements) within the first week of the trimester. It is recommended that you keep this in mind as it is a compulsory laboratory. 


No textbooks are required for this course

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • choose the qualification you will study the course under
  • check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.

Work towards

You can do this course as part of these qualifications:

Certificate of Achievement

Course availability over the next 12 months


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