Human Factors in RS Engineering

Human Factors in Road Safety Engineering (online course)

The German Jordanian University (GJU), in partnership with Road Safety GB International Academy, has developed this two-day course regarding human factors in road safety engineering.

This course aimed at non UK students and/or recently qualified highways designers and engineers, covers the fascinating area of road user behaviour and how understanding 'why people do what they do' can have a major positive influence on road safety, and in particular highway design and infrastructure, that will take into account the characteristics and limitations of the human in the system.

Who should attend?

The course is essential learning for non UK experienced practitioners (postgraduate) and students (undergraduate) undertaking civil highway engineering, urban planning training and other related education and training courses.

Course description

The Road Safety GB Academy has designed this course to provide the attendee with a wider understanding of the relationship between the built environment and the ‘road user’, enabling them to explore, design and implement infrastructure that will take into account the human limitations.

Course aim

The course will improve the participant's ability to design and implement engineering measures by increasing their understanding of human behaviour.

Learning outcomes

The course will increase the student’s understanding of how culture, personality, context, fitness, training and personal experience impacts on road users’ behaviour.  It will develop the student’s ability to analyse and identify possible solutions. The student will also gain an understanding of a number of psychological concepts including norms, attitudes, behavioural control, self-identify, emotions and intentions, and willingness.

The participant will:

  • Have an increased understanding of the five constructs contained in the Safe Systems approach to road safety 
  • Understand how people make decisions
  • Recognise the impact that human factors have on road user behaviour - including fatigue, distractions and drugs
  • Understand how road users' behaviour alters with age 
  • Be able to apply the COM – B model to a behavioural change intervention 
  • Be able to evaluate the outcome of behavioural change intervention
Safe Systems approach

This element of the course will develop the student’s understanding of the main concepts relating to a Safe Systems approach to road safety in relation to:

  • Historical development of the concept
  • Allowing for human error
  • The four main constructors contained in the model:
    • Speed
    • Infrastructure
    • Vehicles
    • Users
  • Investigation of a number of applications of the Safe Systems approach.
Partnership working
  • The third element of the course will enable students to identify and consider the three key elements of partnership working in road safety:
  • Enforcement
  • Engineering
  • Education

To develop the student’s understanding of the steps they need to consider when planning a road safety intervention, and to identify partners in the wider field.


The final element of the course discusses the development and implementation of evaluation in road safety interventions.

To develop the student’s understanding of the role of evaluation and how it can be used effectively, including:

  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Evaluation design
  • Identification, design and use of appropriate measures.

Learning will be assessed by completion of an assessment task, to be returned within 4-weeks of course completion. 

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be delivered online using ZOOM, ensuring that this internationally delivered course can be accessed by anyone with ease, either in a formal educational environment, in the workplace, or in the comfort of their own home.

Who delivers the courses?

The courses are delivered by specialist tutors who are fully qualified to teach the subject matter and have vast experience in this type of work.

Course fees

Human factors (Behavioural Change) courses, similar to this course and aimed at different disciplines, are delivered by the Road Safety GB Academy across the UK and are very popular. Student places are taken very quickly so it is advisable to book as early as possible as each course is limited to 20 students.

As Road Safety GB is a not for profit organisation, course fees can be kept to a very cost effective level.

Member rate:               £270
Non Member Rate:     £370

Dates/book this course

There are no current dates for this course.

In addition, courses can be delivered for groups on request - contact Sally Bartrum by email or on 01379 650112.

Invoicing, payment & cancellation

  • Delegate fees are due payable upon booking unless a valid Purchase Order is provided and accepted.
  • For online bookings paid at the time of booking, invoices/receipts will be issued electronically on completion of the booking.
  • Please issue Purchase Orders to 'Road Safety GB International’ and forward via email to:
  • Invoices will be issued and sent via email and must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date or no later than one working day prior to the start of the course, whichever date occurs soonest (the“due date”).
  • Payment must be made in pounds Sterling by cheque, credit/debit card or BACS, using the details on the invoice.
  • For more information please contact Sally Bartrum by email or on 01379 650112.

More information

For more information regarding the course contact Sally Bartrum by email.