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4 Credits
Available Fall

Graduate standing
Kenneth Funk
212 Rogers Hall

Course Description

Analysis and design of systems considering human characteristics, capabilities and limitations. Analysis and design of displays, controls, tools, and workstations. Human performance analysis. Human factors research methods.


  • Human-machine systems engineering
  • Human senses
  • Cognition and decision making
  • Displays and controls
  • Anthropometry
  • Workstation design
  • Stress and workload
  • Safety
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Selection and training

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe in writing the meaning and importance of human factors engineering, with reference materials.
  2. Describe in writing and/or by illustrations human sensory, cognitive, and physical capabilities and limitations relevant to the design of human-machine systems, with reference materials.
  3. Correctly apply human-machine system design principles to develop written and graphical design specifications, with reference materials.
  4. Select and correctly use appropriate human-machine system analysis and design tools, with reference materials.
  5. Recognize and make effective recommendations in written and/or graphical form to correct human factors deficiencies in existing human-machine systems, with reference materials.
  6. Describe in writing and/or by illustrations the human-machine systems engineering process, with reference materials.
  7. Correctly apply the human-machine systems engineering process by developing analysis documents and design specifications for a simple human-machine system, with reference materials.
  8. Design, conduct, and document a human factors experiment or other human factors study approved by the instructor.