Course syllabus

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Human Behaviour in Fire

VBRN10, 8 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2013-04-25

General Information

Main field: Fire Safety Technology.
Compulsory for: MFST1
Elective for: BI3, RH4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
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.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The final certificate is based on a written examination, reports/presentations, and laboratory exercise reports.


The number of participants is limited to: 35
Selection: Credits remaining for the degree. Priority is given to students admitted to the Master programme in fire technology.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Daniel Nilsson,
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.