Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 8. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Compulsory for: MFST1. Optional for: BI3, RH4. Course coordinator: Associate senior lecturer Daniel Nilsson,, Fire Safety Engineering. The number of participants is limited to 35 Selection criteria: Credits awarded or credited within the study programme. Assessment: The final certificate is based on a written examination, reports/presentations, and laboratory exercise reports. Further information: Group assignments require active participation. Each group member must individually be able to account for the content of the assignment. If a group member does not fulfill the demands of the group or ignores hers/his commitment, she/he can be reassigned to another group or get a fail result. Home page:

The aim is that students should be able to understand and apply theories of human behaviour in fire, both fire setting and evacuation behaviour, after completion of the course. Student should furthermore recognize the importance of cultural and demographic factors for evacuation. The aim of the course is also that students are able to understand different egress modelling approaches and their limitations. In addition, students should understand and be able to apply relevant guidelines and regulations.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course provides students with insight into theories of human behaviour in fires, both fire setting and evacuation behaviour, and computer modelling of evacuation. During the first part of the course focus is placed on lectures and laboratory exercises. During the second part of the course the students focus on their group assignment, which is presented to fellow students and teachers at the final seminar. An exam will be held at the end of the course.

Canter, D, Breaux, J, & Sime, J: Domestic, Multiple Occupancy, and Hospital Fires. In D. Canter (Ed.), Fire and Human Behaviour (pp. 117-136): John Whiley & Sons, Ltd. 1980.
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Helbing, D, & Molnár, P: Social force model for pedestrian dynamics. Physical Review E, 51(5), 4282-4286, 1995.
Sime, J: Movement Towards the Familiar - Person and Place Affiliation in a Fire Entrapment Setting. Environment and Behaviour, 17(6), 697-724, 1985.
In additon scientific papers within the area "Human behaviour in fire" are included.