PSYC451-15S2 (C) Semester Two 2015

Human Factors - Ergonomics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2015
End Date: Sunday, 15 November 2015
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2015
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 9 October 2015


An overview of the role of psychology in the field of cognitive ergonomics and human factors.

This course will deal with various issues in Human Factors or Cognitive Ergonomics. The course will have an applied emphasis oriented towards using psychological theory in the “real” world. Human Factors and Cognitive Ergonomics in the “real” world basically reduces down to making devices, processes, tools, software, appliances, vehicles, houses, etc. better.  In many settings this can directly save lives, like medicine and aviation. In commercial settings this generates (or conserves) money. First, products that are easier to use are often preferred by the public. Second, products/processes that are easier to understand tend not to lead to as many disasters, thus saving liability costs.  Good Human Factors saves or makes money.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the key theories in human factors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply those theories to human behaviour in human-built system contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically challenge the different human factors theories.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct human factors research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to report human factors research.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Equivalent Courses


Course Coordinator

Paul Russell

Lecturer: Erskine visitor - Professor Kevin B. Bennett - Wright State University


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Take home mid semester test 09 Sep 2015 50%
Final Project 07 Oct 2015 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Kevin B. Bennett and John M. Flasch; Display and Interface Design: Subtle Science, Exact Art ; CRC Press, 2011.

Supplementary readings to be provided.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $917.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

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