Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
707003292000TRAFFIC PSYCHOLOGYElective366
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The objective of this course is to introduce the historical development of traffic psychology and to give knowledge about models explaining traffic behavior of drivers, driver assesment methods, driver skills, risk taking and personality. Students the principles and concepts of perception. Students will also learn and apply psychotechnic test. learn the basic assumptions of sensation and perception. Besides, they will be able to interpret perceptive processes through the application of basic theories on perception.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Doç.Dr.Mehmet KOYUNCU
Learning Outcomes
1Understand the development of traffic psychology in Turkey and abroad
2Comprehend basic theories in traffic psychology
3Learn driver assesment skills
4Apply and manage Vienna test system
5Understand the correlation between driver behavior and personality
6Understand driver attitude and risk taking
7Recognize the relationship between perception and driving
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Traffic psychology in Turkey and abroad, main approaches in traffic psychology, driver assesment and Vienna test system, driver behavior and personality, driver attitude and risk taking, perception and driving, interview techniques, stress and driver behavior, traffic campains.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction to the course contents and course objectives. Traffic psychology in Turkey and abroad.Syllabus
2Traffic psychology theories
3What is a psychotechnic test? Introduction to the Vienna test system
4Tests and application of Vienna test systemPractice
5Tests and application of Vienna test systemPractice
6Tests and application of Vienna test systemPractice
7Report writing, assesment and interviewReading and report writing
8Driver behavior and personality traitsPractice
9Driver attitudes and risk takingPractice
10Driver performance and perception relationsPractice
11Midterm exam
12Driving and alcoholPresentation
13Laws and regulations about driving and their effects on driver behaviorPresentation
14Driver rehabilitionPresentation
15Traffic campainsPresentation
Recommended or Required Reading
Groeger, J. A. (2000). Understanding Driving. East Sussex: Psychology Press. Barjonet, P. E. (2001). Traffic Psychology Today. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publisher.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Practice6530
Criticising Paper11515
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11515
Individual Study for Final Examination21836
Reading81080
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)180
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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