Human Factors / Factores Humanos

Keywords: 
Cognitive psychology
Perceptual psychology
Accident analysis
Case studies
Program: 
MHCI
Program: 
MEI
Program: 
PAHT
Program: 
Others
Calendar: 
UMa
Semester: 
Fall
Lecturers: 
Nuno Correia
Credits: 
7.5 ECTS
This course is designed to: 
1.To introduce students to theoretical aspects of human factors, cognitive science, and social science that will assist them in understanding and designing the interactions of humans with the world, tools and technology.
2. To assist students investigate and understand problems that arise out of the interaction of humans with systems; 
3. To introduce students to methods and principles for analyzing problems that involve human factors, such as: perception, cognition, decision making and human errors; 
4. To introduce students to physical and cognitive ergonomics; 
5. To teach students to consider human factors for technology design; 
6 To teach students to understand problems and apply human factors knowledge to analyze them, find sources of error, and propose the design (or redesign) of systems in order to improve human system interactions.
 
Please click to see the Syllabus.
Readings: 
Wickens, Ch., Lee, J., Liu, Y. & Gordon Becker, S. (2004). An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering. Second Edition
Various research readings.
Evaluation: 
There is no exam for this course. Individual components will be weighted as follows (this is tentative and subject to change):
-Presence in lecture(s): 20%
-Classroom participation: 20%
-Individual projects: (N2, 10% each) 
- Term group project: 40%

Human Factors

Three projects from Human Factors
Top Left: Anthropometric and sign redesign of a security key chain
Bottom Left: A new user interface for a video conferencing room
Right: Evaluating the effectiveness of instructions for a car maintenance task