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Human Behaviour in Fire

VBRN75, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED BI/RH
Date of Decision: 2020-03-16

General Information

Compulsory for: BI3
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 - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The final certificate is based on a written examination, reports/presentations, and laboratory exercise reports.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VBRN10

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Enrico Ronchi,
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.