HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING
2017/2018, Semester 2
School of Continuing & Lifelong Edn (School of Continuing & Lifelong Edn)
Modular Credits: IE2150E ( 4 ) / TIE2150 ( 4 )
This course will focus on the interaction dynamics between the human operator and the machine or system in a human-machine system. We shall begin by defining the areas of concern in human factors engineering (e.g., the human-machine interface, the displays to be perceived, and the controls to be actuated). We shall also discuss the tools and methodologies used by human factors engineers. The next part of the course will discuss issues of capabilities and limitations of the human operator. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on application-oriented material.
The 13 weeks of this semester for IE2150E/TIE2150 are:
- Week 1 (Jan 16)
- Week 2 (Jan 23)
- Week 3 (Jan 30)
- Week 4 (Feb 6)
- Week 5 (Feb 13)
- Week 6 (Feb 20)
- Recess week (Feb 26 to Mar 2)
- Week 7 (Mar 6)
- Week 8 (Mar 13)
- Week 9 (Mar 20)
- Week 10 (Mar 27)
- Week 11 (Apr 3)
- Week 12 (Apr 10)
- Week 13 (Apr 17).
Syllabus (refer to the assigned chapters in the textbook by Bridger):
Week 1. Chapter 1. Introduction.
Week 2. Human factors research methods. (Lecture notes will be provided.)
Week 3. To be announced. (Students will be informed of material to be covered the week before.)
Week 4. Chapter 12. Human Information Processing and Mental Workload.
Week 5. Chapter 10. Visual Environment: Measurement and Design.
Week 6. Chapter 11. Hearing, Sound, Noise, and Vibration.
Week 7. Mid-term test. A video lecture will be presented after the test.
Week 8. Chapter 7. Physically Demanding Work: Stress and Fatigue.
Week 9. Chapter 3. User-Centered Workspace Design Using Anthropometric Data.
Week 10. To be announced. (Students will be informed of material to be covered the week before.)
Week 11. To be announced. (Students will be informed of material to be covered the week before.)
Week 12. Chapter 13. Design of Displays and Controls.
Week 13. Human factors in systems design. (Lecture notes will be provided.)
Mon, Apr 30 evening.
This course introduces the basic concepts of human factors engineering and ergonomics. The topics covered include: Human Factors in Systems (Human Error), Implications of Human Functions in performance (Work Physiology), Workstation Design (Guidelines and Norms), Environmental Stressors and Ergonomics Fieldwork (Translation and Application).
Your grading for this course will be based on several group-based homeworks (15%), one semester-long group project (25%), one mid-term test (30%), and one final examination (30%). The mid-term test will cover all material from Lectures 1 to 6. The final examination will cover material discussed in the second half of the course, but there will be a design question that will cover
lecture material, from the first lecture to the last lecture.
The mid-term test will take place on Tues, Mar 6, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. The final exam will take place on Mon, Apr 30, evening (further information to be announced).
The main practical work for this module is the semester-long group project. The group is to consist of either four or five students (no more, no less). The same grouping will be used also for all the homeworks. All homeworks will also be group-based (i.e., to be completed as a group, not individually). Pick a topic of a relatively narrow scope. For example, to redesign the remote control for an automobile. The project may involve evaluating the remote control for usability, a physical design that fits well into one's palm, has clear visual feedback of any button pressed, etc. The remote control will then be redesigned with improved human factors engineering. The project may involve the conduct of a survey (e.g., get vehicle owners to try out the remote control). The purpose of the group project is to acquaint students in-depth with human factors engineering and ergonomics literature. The students’ knowledge base should be broadened and deepened in the process.
A report and presentation are the deliverables for the group project. The report should be completed in the below form:
- A literature review which must be based on bonafide, scientific references to support the arguments put forth.
- A section on what is lacking in the design and how you plan to fill in the gaps.
- A survey (if necessary) to determine the problem and also to find a solution to the problem.
- An analysis and discussion of the survey results.
- A last section where you put forth your recommendations and a conclusion section to tie together the whole report.
The report must be type-written.
It should be no longer than 20 A4-size pages including all figures and tables, if any. It should also be double-spaced, 12-point font, with 2.5 cm margins all round.
be adhered to as scientific reports must be complete and thorough while at the same time succinct and to the point.
The group project presentations will take place during the last week of class (i.e., Week 13, April 17). Plan for a 15-min PowerPoint presentation plus 5-mins for questions and answers. Further details on the presentations will be announced later.
The project topic once decided upon has to be properly scoped. Choose your topic carefully. If your coverage is too large, you would not be able to accommodate it in the 20-page limit. If it is too narrow, there may not be enough reference material. To aid you in scoping the topic, a one-page proposal is to be submitted by
Tues, January 30, 6:00 pm
. You will be informed by the teaching assistants on how to make this submission. Your TA, by the way, is:
I should then be able to make suggestions on the scope of your group project and help direct you to available references.
It is stressed that students must choose topics in which they have not worked on before. Also, the university’s honor code applies. The report must be the result of the students’ sole effort. A statement to this effect and your signature is required at the end of the report. Any plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the course.
The final report is due on Tuesday, April 17, 6:00 pm.
As much as we can, we shall finalize the group assignments during the first two weeks of classes.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week
Introduction to Ergonomics, Third Edition, Robert S. Bridger. 2009.