Lesson Plan

Safe System for Universities

Tertiary Education In-Class Online
About the curriculum

The Safe System for Universities (SS4U) curriculum is a suite of free, fully-developed curriculum resources designed for educators to help prepare their undergraduate engineering students for the industry, equipping them with best practice knowledge for designing safer roads for all users.

The suite of resources are aligned to Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies, and include ‘plug and play’ lecture and tutorial materials, including prepared assessment questions.

The Safe System aims for a more forgiving road system that takes human fallibility and vulnerability into account. At its heart is the belief that road safety is a shared responsibility.

Curriculum guidelines

The available curriculum guideline outlines how the theory and practical application of a Safe System will be explored through four modules:

In these modules, students will be guided through the objectives and concepts behind the Safe System, the principles and practices of Safe System design, and how to manage the transition to a Safe System, respectively.

The tutorials have been developed to allow students to demonstrate the knowledge that they have gained through each module. Each tutorial requires the use of a case study that describes the events of a real or theoretical road crash.

To get started, download the Curriculum Guideline here.

Future Road Competition

To encourage teaching and learning of a Safe System, the TAC Future Road Competition invites tertiary engineering students to participate in a team-based competition that will challenge their application of Safe System knowledge and skills. The competition aims to prepare graduates for the transport industry, to help prevent serious injury and lives lost on Victorian roads.

Students follow a real-world design project that runs in parallel with the competition, and are tasked to propose solutions to apply their theoretical knowledge of a Safe System.

The competition challenges students to:

  • apply theoretical Safe System knowledge to a real-world TAC funded project
  • effectively work in a collaborative team environment to deliver a proposal
  • gain industry experience and professional development opportunities

A panel of road safety experts evaluate all student submissions, with finalists teams selected to participate in the final stage of the competition. All finalist are rewarded with a share in a $10,000 reward. The winning team is invited to participate in industry networking opportunities, in addition to a consultation with the leading industry consultants delivering the real-world project.

Find out more about the Future Road Competition.