ENGR516: Human Factors in Safety
To provide students with knowledge of the human factors and psychological issues that underpin human performance in safety-critical systems, and to introduce fundamental design and evaluation techniques and skills that enhance system safety and usability.
At the end of this module students should have:
- The ability to investigate and define a problem and identify human factors constraints and limitations, and the limits of human reliability in a system
- Understanding og the way in which individuals react in extreme conditions
- A total systems view of an engineering activity, how humans fit into the system and an appreciation of the influence of human factors on the design of user interfaces
- An appreciation of the benefits for safety-critical industries of motivational aspects of psychology
- An awareness of key case study examples where human error has been the root cause
Cognitive, social and organisational determinants of human reliability; efforts of task factors (e.g. load, frequency, criticality) and human dispositional factors (e.g. motivation, cognitive styles) on performance in safety engineering environments; psychological issues in the design and evaluation of user interfaces; task analytical approaches to safe systems design (Heirarchical task analysis, Cognitive Work Analysis); Evaluating safety-critical interfaces (e.g. Heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthroughs).
58% Exam; 42% Coursework