SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH124561
Module Leader Kevin Day
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful Completion of level 3.

Summary of Content

The module examines the relationship between building design and evacuation systems management with particular reference to human behaviour and movement within buildings.


Statutory requirements for escape routes Human behaviour in fire and emergency situations Human behaviour in response to the built environment and warning systems Physiological and psychological effects of heat and smoke Evacuation modelling

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Analyse the physical, physiological and psychological aspects of escape from buildings under normal and emergency conditions (FR: A2, B6, B4, C2; BCS: A2, B6, B4, C2; LFM: ) 2. Assess the requirements of the Building Regulations and appropriate design guides with reference to escape route design (FR: A2, A5, B1, B4, C2, C3; BCS: A2, A5, B1, B4, C2, C3; LFM: )3. Evaluate escape route design and evacuation management strategies for different fire scenarios, occupancy categories and building designs (FR: A4, A5, B5, C1, C3, C6; BCS: A4, A5, B5, C1, C3, C6: LFM: )

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning strategy is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials and computer laboratory sessions and is GCU Learn supported. The key themes and basic theoretical knowledge introduced in the lectures are explored through directed reading, self-study exercises, case studies, tutorial exercises, computer laboratory sessions and the coursework assignments. Tutorial discussions and group exercises allow students to reflect on their own and other students learning and understanding and different approaches to problem solving. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme.

Indicative Reading

Fires and Human Behaviour, Canter, Wiley, 1980 Society of Fire Protection Engineers Handbook, 3d Edition Academic and professional journals as directed Reports and Design Codes as directed

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving (D1), Cognitive/intellectual skills (D2), Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject (D3), Independent working (D7), Information retrieval skills (D10), Group working (D12), IT Skills (D13), Communication skills, written, oral and listening (D14).

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 4.00
Assessment (FT) 33.00
Practicals (PT) 4.00
Lectures (PT) 28.00
Tutorials (FT) 4.00
Tutorials (PT) 4.00
Independent Learning (PT) 131.00
Assessment (PT) 33.00
Independent Learning (FT) 131.00
Lectures (FT) 28.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 200.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 60.00 35% 3 hour unseen written exam
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Evacuation analysis management plan
Coursework 2 n/a 10.00 n/a Student Case Study presentation