This course is designed to develop knowledge of the critical contribution that human factors/ergonomics plays in the design of products, jobs, workplaces and systems as well as in the wider context of organizations and society. It also emphasizes the importance of a user-centred focus in the design of human interaction with advanced technologies and sociotechnical systems to ensure effectiveness and reliability as well as comfort, health and safety and satisfaction for the user, consumer or employee.
The consequences of neglecting human factors/ergonomics have been amply demonstrated over the past few years in major reliability failures and accidents, unsuccessful introduction of technology, and labour relations problems.
Students will develop: their learning in a world leading active research and teaching environment the ability to exercise original thought the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by the means of presentations to groups the ability to plan and undertake an individual project interpersonal, communication and professional skills their knowledge of fundamental human factors/ergonomics principles their ability to apply theory to world problems and issues key skills that will prepare them for a career in human in academia or industry
Previous projects have included:
Evaluation of a private eye display for maintenance tasks Implementing ergonomics in engineering design Sub-sea engineering supervision Manual handling on construction sites What makes a VE (Virtual Environment) usable? Assembly ergonomics for automotive design engineers Data visualisation and 3D displays Situational awareness measurement in rail traffic control Distance judgement in vehicle navigation systems Importance of usability in product choice
This course is accredited as the educational qualification for Membership of The Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors.