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Fire Safety and Population Protection

FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE

CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES DEPARTMENT

PROFESSIONAL AREA:  ARCHITECTURE, CIVIL ENGINEERING AND GEODESY

 

 

Programme: Fire Safety and Population Protection

 

Awarded qualification: Engineerin Fire Safety and Population Protection

 

Level of qualification: Bachelor

 

Length of programme: 4 years (8 semesters)

 

Number of credits: 240

 

Field(s) of study (ISCED-F): 1032: Protection of persons and property (861)

 

Specific admission requirements: Diploma for completed secondary or higher education in Bulgarian or foreign educational institutions. Entry is based on admission exams.

 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning:

  • Information is available from the ECTS coordinator of the Construction of Buildings and Facilities Department – Assoc. Prof. Rositsa Petkova-Slipets, Eng., PhD, Tel: +359 52 359 589/588, e-mail: sss@vfu.bg;
  • The recognition of credits procedure is based on documents submitted by the candidate:
  • Diploma or a transcript of prior learning;
  • International foreign language diplomas and certificates (English – Cambridge FCE, TOEFL; German - Zertifikat Deutsch, Deutsche Sprachdiplom (DSD), Zweite Stufe; Russian – ТРКИ; French – DELF; Spanish – DELE);
  • International computer skills diplomas and certificates, corresponding to ECDL (The European Computer Driving Licence).
  • Allocation of credits is done in compliance with the respective major's curriculum, and is based on the diplomas and certificates submitted by the candidate.

 

Qualification requirements and regulations, including graduation requirements: To acquire a degree of "Bachelor" are required 240 credits, of which 182 credits from compulsory courses, 32 credits of electives, 16 credits of optional courses and 10 credits from diploma project defence. A requirement for acquiring professional qualification is the development and defence of the diploma project - a comprehensive synthesis of knowledge and aptitude for the practical work of the future engineer. The topics for the diploma project are related to real problems in fire-protection activity. Much of the developments are afterwards implemented in practice. Only those students, who have successfully completed their training semesters and all exams from the curriculum, shall be allowed to elaborate a diploma projects. Diploma project defence takes place in front of the State Board of Examiners and is a final exam, which is the basis for the acquisition of the Bachelor degree.

 

Profile of the programme: The training in programme "Fire Safety and Population Protection" aims to train specialists with extensive knowledge in both fundamental engineering disciplines and in specific disciplines in the field of fire safety design, fire fighting and emergency equipment, emergency actions, fire resistance etc. Training is according to a curriculum, that reflects the experience of leading universities in the country and abroad, and which carries out the idea of ​​widespread knowledge among the future engineers. Students acquire knowledge in integrated engineering and fire safety and population protection. Special attention is paid to the design, operation and expert evaluation of residential, public and industrial buildings and facilities, according to their fire safety. The work placements and internships, set in the curriculum, and taking place in Bulgarian and foreign companies, enterprises and laboratories guarantee the high level of practical training of students. The Bachelor programme Fire Safety and Population Protection has national accreditation. Graduates can obtain a license in accordance with the requirements of the Chamber of engineers in the investment design.

 

Programme learning outcomes: Graduates in programme Fire Safety and Population Protection will have knowledge and skills in:

  • Appropriate selection of building materials to ensure strength, reliability and fire-résistance of the constructions;
  • Work with the latest computer programs in the field of building design;
  • Implementation of current construction and technical regulations;
  • Application of the contemporary building and technical regulations and safety standards during fire in the structures;
  • Development of fires;
  • Anti-fire and rescue tactics;
  • Fire-technical expertise;
  • Organization and management of services and activities on fire safety and population protection.

The acquired knowledge and skills can be applied in solving problems in the field of fire safety, fire-proof design, fire extinguishing, fire alarm and rescue operations in buildings, sites and facilities; as well as to express conclusions on issues in the area of fire safety of building structures.

 

Programme structure diagram with credits*:

 

 

No

ECTS code

Course

Lectures and Seminars

Out-of-class workload

Credits

1

2

3

4

5

6

1

CIE1029

Descriptive geometry and Technical Drawing

30

60

3

Descriptive geometry and Technical Drawing - coursework

30

60

3

2

MAT1011

Mathematical Analysis - part 1

60

120

6

3

TEC1023

Anti-Fire Technical Equipment

60

120

6

4

CHE1029

Chemistry of Burning

60

120

6

5

INF2013

Information Systems and Technologies

30

60

3

6

SPO1010

Fire Drill and Fire-Applicable Sports

50

100

5

Total for semester I

300

600

30

1

MAT1012

Mathematical Analysis - part 2

45

90

4,5

2

PHY1008

Theoretical Mechanics

30

60

3

Theoretical Mechanics - coursework

30

60

3

3

PHY1004

Physics in Construction

45

90

4,5

4

INF1062

Information systems and technologies in construction

30

60

3

5

SPO1010

Fire Drill and Fire-Applicable Sports

50

100

5

6

 

Elective I

45

90

4,5

7

 

Optional I

25

50

2.5

Total for semester II

300

600

30

Total for year I

600

1200

60

1

MAS1017

Strength of Materials

30

60

3

Strength of Materials - coursework

30

60

3

2

CIE1053

Building Materials and Their Condition at Fires

60

120

6

3

СIЕ2024

Building Construction and Architecture

30

60

3

Building Construction and Architecture – course project

15

30

1,5

4

СIЕ1059

Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics

60

120

6

5

 

Elective II

30

60

3

6

 

Optional II

30

60

3

Total for semester III

300

600

30

1

CIE1032

Fire safety of buildings and facilities

60

120

6

2

CIE1061

Hydraulics and Anti-fire Water Supply

45

90

4,5

Hydraulics and Anti-fire Water Supply – coursework

15

30

1,5

3

MED2002

Premedical help

30

60

3

4

SEC1073

Fire Growth

45

90

4,5

Fire Growth – course project

30

60

3

5

 

Elective III

30

60

3

6

 

Optional III

45

90

4.5

Total for semester IV

300

600

30

Total for year II

600

1200

60

1

CIE1015

Construction Mechanics

30

60

3

Construction Mechanics - coursework

15

30

1,5

2

CIE1037

Fire Resistance and Fire Protection of Building Structures

45

90

4.5

Fire Resistance and Fire Protection of Building Structures – course project

15

30

1.5

3

ТЕС1022

Fire Machines

30

60

3

Fire Machines – work placement

15

30

1,5

4

CIE1033

Fire Safety of Building Sites

45

90

4,5

5

TEC1020

Production and anti-fire equipment

75

150

7.5

6

 

Elective IV

30

60

3

Total for semester V

300

600

30

1

MAS1014

Fire Protection and Explosion Protection of Electrical Installations and Devices

45

90

4,5

Fire Protection and Explosion Protection of Electrical Installations and Devices - coursework

15

30

1,5

2

CIE1038

Anti-fire Tactics - part 1

30

60

3

Anti-fire Tactics - part 1- course project

30

60

3

3

LAW1097

Fire-protection law

30

60

3

4

FOR1010

Fire and Damage Safety of the Technological Processes

60

120

6

5

 

Elective V

30

60

3

6

 

Elective VI

30

60

3

7

 

Optional IV

30

60

3

Total for semester VI

300

600

30

Total for year III

600

1200

60

1

CIE1039

Anti-fire Tactics - part 2

45

90

4.5

Anti-fire Tactics - part 2- course project

30

60

3

2

CIE1034

Fire safety of Heat and Ventilation Installations

45

90

4.5

Fire safety of Heat and Ventilation Installations

15

30

1.5

3

SEC1047

Rescue Equipment

30

60

3

Rescue Equipment – work placement

30

60

3

4

SEC1058

Fire safety and ecology

45

90

4.5

5

 

Elective VII

30

60

3

6

 

Optional V

30

60

3

Total for semester VII

300

600

30

1

FOR1009

Fire and Technical Expertise

60

120

6

2

SEC1049

Rescue Tactics

30

60

3

Rescue Tactics – course project

30

60

3

 

 

Elective VIII

30

60

3

 

 

Elective IX

50

100

5

Total for semester VIII

200

400

20

Total for year IV

500

1000

50

Diploma project

 

300

10

Total for the course of study

2300

4900

240

Module Elective Courses (choose one from the group)

Elective I

45

90

4.5

І.1.

FLE1002

Foreign Language - English

45

90

4.5

І.2.

FLG1001

Foreign Language - German language

45

90

4.5

І.3.

FLR1001

Foreign Language - Russian

45

90

4.5

І.4.

FLS1002

Foreign Language - Italian

45

90

4.5

І.5.

INF1099

Computer programs in design

45

90

4.5

І.6.

CIE1185

Automation of тhe engineering work

45

90

4.5

Elective II

45

90

4,5

ІІ.1.

FLE1002

Foreign language - English

45

90

4.5

ІІ.2.

FLG1001

Foreign language - German

45

90

4.5

ІІ.3.

FLR1001

Foreign language - Russian

45

90

4.5

ІІ.4.

FLS1002

Foreign language - Italian

45

90

4.5

ІІ.5.

ARC1232

Automated design

45

90

4.5

ІІ.6.

LAW1111

Protection from natural disasters, accidents and fires

45

90

4.5

Elective III

30

60

3

III.1

MAN1065

Organization and Management of FSPP

30

60

3

III.2

MAN1185

Management of Fire Safety and Population Protection (FSPP)

30

60

3

Elective IV

30

60

3

IV.1

TEC1017

Communication and Information Systems in FSPP

30

60

3

IV.2

MAN1180

Management and Investment Management

30

60

3

Elective V

     

V.1

 

Interaction of FSPP services with other authorities and organizations and public relations

30

60

3

V.2

ECO2004

European programmes for project financing

30

60

3

Elective VI

30

60

3

VI.1

 

Safety Engineering in FSPP

30

60

3

VI.2

SEC1211

Crisis Management

30

60

3

Elective VII

30

60

3

VII.1

PHY3001

Individual and collective protection tools

30

60

3

VII.2

ECO2007

Economics of fire protection

30

60

3

Elective VIII

     

VIII.1

SEC1212

Management in crisis and extreme situations

30

60

3

VIII.2

HIS1099

History of FSPP

30

60

3

Elective IX

     

IX.1

 

Fire-protective design

50

100

5

IX.2

 

Fire safety of cultural goods

50

100

5

Module Optional Courses (choose one from the group)

Optional - І

25

50

2,5

I.1

PSY1026

Psychology and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in FSPP

25

50

2,5

I.2

 

Chemical, Biological and Radiation Protection

25

50

2,5

Optional - ІI

30

60

3

II.1

TEC1006

Applied Electrical Engineering and Electronics

30

60

3

II.2

LAW1055

Legal And Normative Regulations in Construction

30

60

3

Optional - ІII

45

90

4.5

III.1

TEC2003

Machine Elements

45

90

4,5

III.2

TEC1012

Transport Facilities

45

90

4,5

Optional - ІV

30

60

3

IV.1

SEC1065

Assessment of the risk of fires

30

60

3

IV.2

SEC1025

Labor Safety and Environmental Protection

30

60

3

Optional – V

     

V.1

ECO2008

Economics of FSPP

30

60

3

V.2

PSY1025

Psychology of crisis and extreme situations in construction

30

60

3

Foreign languages

 

 

 

1

FLE 1002

Foreign language - English

90

180

9

2
Foreign language - English
90
180
9
3
Foreign language - English
90
180
9
4
FLG 1001 Foreign language - German 90 180 9
5 FLR 1001 Foreign language - Russian 90 180 9

6

FLS 1001

Foreign language - Spanish

90

180

9

 

*In Varna Free University a credit equals 30 lessons, of which 10 contact hours (lectures and seminars) and 20 hours independent work.

 

Mode of study:  Full time/Part-time

 

Examination regulations and grading scale: The specialty curriculum includes courses from different scientific fields, which fulfils the requirement of interdisciplinary and wide spectrum training. This defines the various requirements in assessing students' knowledge. Detailed description of methods and assessment criteria for each discipline and the opportunity to inform the reasons for evaluation are given in the syllabi.

 

Obligatory or optional mobility windows: Students are given the opportunity to participate in students' mobility programmes of Varna Free University

 

Work placement(s): In the curriculum of some of the special disciplines practices are provided that take place in Bulgarian and foreign companies and laboratories working in the area of fire-protection design and operation.

 

Work-based learning: In the curriculum of the Bachelors' program in all special subjects the developing of course projects and tasks is provided. The topics of the course projects, as well as these of the diploma projects are taken from actual construction topics. Many of the developments are later implemented in practice.

 

Occupational profiles of graduates - graduates can be employed as design specialists of the Fire Safety part of buildings and facilities, as engineering staff in companies' fire safety and rescue services, in SA Civil Protection, in the Ministries of Defence and Interior, as well as in the National service of Fire Safety and Population Protection, in supervisory companies etc.

 

Access to further training: Each successfully completed the training in the Bachelor degree has the necessary skills to continue his/her education at a higher level of qualification - Master degree in programme "Anti-fire Techniques and Automation". After acquiring the Master degree student can apply for further training and research in the doctoral programme "Labour safety and Anti-fire Techniques".

 

 

Head of Construction of Buildings and Facilities Department:

Assoc. Prof. Eng. Milena Kichekova, PhD

Secretary: Eng. Maya Manolova

tel.: +359 52 359 621/589

E-mail: sss@vfu.bg