This course provides an introduction to human factors and the interaction between humans and systems. The human factor is critical in succesful products, system quality and performance.
Themes that are covered in this course are psychology of percepetion and information processing. Evaluating the design of tasks and jobs: task analysis, human workload, situation awareness. Workplace and devices or equipment: safety, human error, trust.
Knowledge and understanding of the role of human factors/ergonomics applied to the design of
devices, workplaces, jobs and systems. The scientific principles that underpin human factors, in particular the relevant psychological foundations. Methods for analyzing tasks and work environment.
A range of activities such as lectures, case studies and small group assignments will be used to enable the student to acquire knowledge and skills, putting theory in practice.
Paper (literature essay) on a topic of human factors in the work environment.
This course covers 2 hours per week
ECTS Credits 4
An introduction to human factors engineering by Wickens, C.D. Lee, J. Liu, Y.D. & Gordon-Bekcer (2004)