COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


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Course Name
Traffic Psychology
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 422
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives To introduce the students with the topic, research methods and approaches of traffic psychology.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Having knowledge about the research topics and methods of traffic psychology.
  • Undestanding the different motivations and processes underlying the human behavior in traffic context.
  • Presenting solutions and discuss on how and in which way to change the road user behavior in order to increase traffic safety.
  • Applying the theoritical knowledge and approaches that is learnt during the course by making research aiming at decreasing traffic safety problems.
Course Content In this course traffic psychology topics, such as driver behaviors, psycho-technical evaluation, risk-taking, and driver rehabilitation, are introduced both in theoretical and applied ways.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to traffic psychology Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 1-21
2 Research methods & Models of driver behavior Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 21-53.
3 Driver capacities: vision, attention, perception Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 91-179.
4 Driver capacities: age effects Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 179-229.
5 Psycho-technical assessment of drivers Related articles and websites.
6 Psycho-technical assessment of drivers Related articles and websites.
7 Driving style: Speeding Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 273-323.
8 Driving style: Aggressive driving, occupant protection Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 323-365.
9 Midterm
10 Driver impairments: alcohol and drug use Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 403-463.
11 Driver impairments: fatigue, distraction and inattention Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 517-565.
12 Other road users: pedestrians Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 613-657.
13 Other road users: motorcyclists Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 657-695.
14 Crash causation and analysis Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 695-727.
15 Crash countermeasures and design of safety Shinar, D. (2007). Traffic safety and human behavior. Elsevier: 727-777.
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Textbooks Book chapters and power point presentations
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
1
50
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
2
50
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
50
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
5
Project
30
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
15
Final / Oral Exam
1
20
    Total
115

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to assess psychological concepts and perspectives, interpret and evaluate data using scientific methods X
2 To be able to develop a curiosity and interest towards the mind and its phenomena, to possess a sense of critical and scientific reflexion and ability to analyze new information. X
3 Ability to make use of theoretical and applied knowledge in local and global levels. X
4 To have a basic knowledge of other disciplines that can contribute to psychology and to be able to make use of this knowledge X
5 To possess and value societal, scientific and ethical principles in collecting, interpreting and publishing psychological data X
6 To have knowledge of how psychology is positioned as a scientific discipline from a historical perspective, and to know with what methods it views behavioural and mental processes X
7 To be able to distinguish between the emphases of fundamental theories and perspectives of psychology (behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural) and compare and express their differences and similarities, contributions and limitations X
8 The competence to share psychological knowledge based and qualitative and quantitative data with experts and lay people, using effective communication skills X
9 To have the awareness of interpersonal and societal problems and phenomena and adopt this awareness in psychological problems and researches. X
10 Competence to make use of applied and theoretical psychological knowledge to make contributions to industrial development and provide solutions to problems X
11 To possess essential knowledge of techniques and instrumentation for psychological measurement and evaluation X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest