HBF390 - Human Behaviour in Fire

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Subject Title
Human Behaviour in Fire

Subject Description
This course will provide an overview to human behaviour during fire emergencies. The basic concepts of human behaviour, occupant tenability during fire scenarios, the World Trade Center fires, environmental psychology, founders of human behaviour research, movement of occupants, response delay, and exit choice behaviour will be studied. These concepts will be related to building design and construction so that the student may understand where requirements in the code originate from. The student will receive theoretical and hands-on training in the modelling of occupant evacuation, as well as research methods for building safety. The course will help the student understand how being able to predict human behaviour can lead to increased fire safety in a building design. Case studies will be used to illustrate the concepts discussed in class to show that they are, indeed, applicable to "real life".

Credit Status
One college subject credit. FDY593 and FM0693 are pre-requisites for this course.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. explain terms, used by industry, to discuss occupant behaviour during fire emergencies;
2. calculate thresholds for exposure to fire volatiles to limit incapacitation, burns or fatalities;
3. discuss the history of human behaviour research in regards to fire scenarios;
4. identify how relevant case studies have impacted the way society considers fire protection and evacuation procedures;
5. demonstrate familiarity with basic environmental psychology and its effect on occupants during a fire emergency;
6. effectively discuss behaviour concepts that most affect occupant decision-making profiles during a fire emergency;
7. comprehend reasons for occupant response delay to cues they are given and how to limit this time by engineered designs;
8. synthesize occupant evacuation movement, both, as an individual and in a crowd;
9. predict occupant behaviour during a fire emergency;
10. evaluate building designs in regards to life safety during a fire emergency.

Essential Employability Skills

The student has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

- communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience;
- respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication;
- execute mathematical operations accurately;
- apply a systematic approach to solve problems;
- use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems;
- locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems;
- analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources;
- show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others;
- interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals;
- manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.