Human Factors Engineering / Ergonomics (IMEN343)


This course is divided into roughly five modules:
the first one represents human information processing and control,
the second deals with the input modalities to human-operator processing system,
the third discusses human computer interaction,
the fourth covers anthropometry and workplace design,
the fifth discusses topics of biomechanics and manual materials handling issues, and finally universal design issues are introduced if time is allowed.
Each of the lab is intended to the one of these modules. The term project provides an opportunity to find an existing human factors problem, analyze it, and suggest an alternative to solve the problem. Target problem areas may include any human factors problem such as products, workplaces, workspaces,environments, systems, services, et. Each laboratory team needs to find potential topics and make a proposal by the end of March. Class presentations about the term project will be made at the end of the semester. Due to the time limitation, approximately 10-15 minute presentation will be available to each team.

Tentative Course Contents
1. Introduction to Human Factors Engineering
2. Human Factors Research Methodology
3. Information Processing/ Theory of Signal Detection/ Reaction Time
4. Affective Human Factors Design
5. Visual Displays/ Illumination
6. Auditory Displays/Noise
7. Speech Communication
8. Human Computer Interaction
9. Psychophysiology
10. Anthropometry
11. Workspace Design