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3 Credits
Winter term

IE 545
Kenneth Funk
212 Rogers Hall

Course Description

Development of safe, high performance human-machine systems. System/function/task analysis, function allocation, design, mockups and rapid prototyping, human factors test and evaluation. Critical examination of the human-factors and domain-specific literature to identify human factors problems, and knowledge and methods to address those problems.


  • Requirements engineering
  • System analysis and modeling
  • Process analysis and modeling with IDEF0
  • Human fallibilities and human error
  • Task analysis, failure modes and effects analysis
  • Human-machine system design
  • Procedure design
  • Job performance aids
  • Regulations and standards
  • Human-machine system prototyping and evaluation

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Clearly describe the human-machine systems engineering process.
  2. Develop and manage requirements for a human-machine system, based upon a Statement of Need, analyses, and human factors principles and guidelines.
  3. Analyze the system, processes, and tasks to understand the system and write formal requirements.
  4. Design processes, workstations, human-machine interfaces, and procedures to meet requirements.
  5. Implement models, mockups, or prototypes according to design specifications.
  6. Evaluate models, mockups, or prototypes with respect to the requirements and general human factors considerations.