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3 Credits
Spring term, odd years
Lecture only

IE 545
Xinhui Zhu
426 Rogers Hall

Course Description

This course is designed to provide graduate students with introductions to a broad range of methods appropriate for studying humans, tasks, environments and their interaction along with various topics in the area of Human Factors/Ergonomics. This course will have a reading/discussion format.


  • Office Ergonomics
  • Gait and Balance
  • Anthropometry, Range of Motion
  • Low Back Biomechanics
  • Upper Extremities Biomechanics
  • Exposure Assessment, Self-reporting
  • Cognitive Demands on Physical Responses
  • Research plan presentation and discussion-Physical ergonomics
  • Mental Workload Assessment
  • Driving Performance
  • Situation Awareness
  • Visual Codes, Auditory Disruption
  • Research plan presentation and discussion-Cognitive ergonomics
  • Virtual Environment
  • Product Design, Usability

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Earn knowledge of human factors/Ergonomics terminology, equipment, models and various research areas related to human factors.
  2. Become proficient in reviewing published research papers in the human factors area.
  3. Gain familiarity with the content and characteristics of different types of human factors journals.
  4. Design human factors/ergonomics experiments to solve research questions using proper methodologies.
  5. Select proper statistical methods to analyze data.
  6. Formulate research proposals in an appropriate format.