Course Description and Objective:

The course provides a survey of Human Factors and Erogonomics with particular reference to human functions in human-machine systems.  We consider basic human capabilities and the ways that these capabilities are taken into account in the design of human-machine systems and work environments.

The objective of the course is for you to learn: 

  • the principles, assumptions, and methods on which the discipline of Human Factors is based;
  • the systems approach and its implications for human factors;
  • types of human error and the factors that influence their likelihood;
  • facts and theories regarding human perception, cognition, and action and their implications for design;
  • physical and environmental factors that need to be taken into account when designing for human use;
  • specific methods, such as mental workload analysis for evaluating alternative designs;
  • the steps for implementing human factors and ergonomics programs within organizations.
At the end of the course you should know why human factors analyses are needed, what types of factors must be considered for specific design problems, and the techniques that are available to make informed choices among alternative designs.
 
 

Recommended Procedure:

  1. Read the assigned material from the course outline before the class for which it is assigned.
  2. If you have questions pertaining to homework, try to reach the teaching assistant first.  Then, if necessary, contact the professor. 


Text and Workbook (not available until August 15, 2003, but can be pre-ordered):

 Proctor & Van Zandt, Human Factors in Simple and Complex Systems.  Allyn & Bacon, 1994.

 Dutta, Campbell, & Proctor, Workbook for Human Factors in Simple and Complex Systems.  Allyn & Bacon, 1994.

 Both are out of print; some new and used copies may be available; packets containing copies of the text and workbook are available at the BoilerCopyMaker (Purdue University).  They will take individual and group orders by phone (765 496 3888).  Pre-orders are encouraged; please allow time for shipping.
 

Course Web Site: 
 http://www.psych.purdue.edu/~577ta/welcome.html  (Password access may not be available until the first week of classes).

 To access most materials, when asked, you must enter:
   (1) USERNAME: Your last name
   (2) PASSWORD: Your student ID (social security) number, without blank spaces or dashes

The syllabus, office hours, course slides and additional course information are posted at the course Web site.  
 

Office Hours:
 

Office Hours: Office:  Phone:
Robert W. Proctor To be determined PSYC 3150 494-0784
Dr. Yang Seok Cho
Dr. Kim Vu
Debbie Wang
Matthew Reysen
Diana Horn

 E-mail address: 577ta@psych.purdue.edu  The 577ta e-mail account is NOT checked over the summer break.

 PLEASE OBSERVE ESTABLISHED OFFICE HOURS!  The TAs will only be at the phone during office hours for the  off-campus students.


Workbook Projects:

Workbook projects will be assigned weekly in the class session that is held on Friday on campus.  Most will be due a week after that session is viewed.  The projects should be prepared individually by each student, unless otherwise indicated, and not copied from someone else.  Copied projects will not receive credit.  The cumulative grade for the projects will be the equivalent of an exam grade.
Off-campus students only:  Homework projects need to be mailed directly to me at the address provided at the top of the syllabus. 
 

Course Grade:

 Three exams will be held, each covering approximately 1/3 of the course.  The last of these exams will be the final examination, which will not be comprehensive.  The course grade will be determined from the three exam grades and the projects grade, each of which will be worth 25%..

How to Print Slides

 To print slides, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer: 
Adobe Acrobat Reader ( available here ) and click on the specific Session to see/print the full-size version, and the  PDF link located under the session number to print 6 slides to a page.


Schedule
Session Topic Reading Assignment
Session 1
 

Seesion 2
 

Session 3
 
 
 

Session 4
 

Session 5
 
 

Introduction to Human Factors in Engineering 
 

Historical Foundations
 

Scientific Method 
 

No Class-- LABOR DAY

Research Design 
 

Probability and Statistics
 

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Chapter 1 
 

Chapter 2 (pp. 15-19) 
 
 
 

Chapter 2 (pp. 19-26)
 

Chapter 2 (pp. 26-37)
 

Session 6
 

Session 7
 

Session 8
 

Session 9
 

Session 10
 

Session 11

System Concept and Human Error
 

Human Reliability Analysis 
 

Human Information Processing 
 

Psychophysical Methods 
 

Signal Detection Theory and Chronometric 
Methods 

Vision 
 

Chapter 3 (pp. 38-46)
 

Chapter 3 (pp. 46-58) 
 

Chapter 4 (pp.59-64) 
 

Chapter 4 (pp. 64-65) 
 

Chapter 5 (pp. 66-80) 
 

Chapter 5 (pp. 81-96) 
 

Session 12
 

Session 13
 

Session 14
 

Session 15
 

Session 16
 

Session 17
 

Vision and Review 
 

Visual Perception
 

Color Vision and Audition 
 

EXAM 1 (February 17)
 

Perceptual Organization
 

"Seeing Beyond the Obvious"
 

Chapter 6 (pp. 107-122) 
 

Chapter 5 (pp. 96-106) 
 

Chapter 6 (pp. 122-130); 
 
 
 
 

Chapter 7 (pp. 131-137)
 

Film

Session 18
 

Session 19
 

Session 20
 
 
 

Session 21
 

Session 22
 

Depth Perception, Motion Perception, and Pattern Recognition 

Static Visual Displays 
 

Dynamic Visual Displays 
 

FALL BREAK

Auditory and Tactual Displays 
 

Attention
 

Chapter 7 (pp. 137-158) 
 

Chapter 8 (pp. 159-170) 
 

Chapter 8 (pp. 170-178) 
 
 
 

Chapter 8 (pp. 178-185) 
 

Chapter 9 (pp. 186-199)
 

Session 23
 

Session 24
 

Session 25
 

Sesstion 26
 

Session 27
 

Session 28
 

Mental Workload
 

Memory Store
 

Processing Strategies and Communication  
 

Problem Solving and Reasoning
 

Decision Making and Decision Aids 
 

Skill Aquisition and Expertise

Chapter 9 (pp. 200-209) 
 

Chapter 10 (pp. 210-221) 
 

Chapter 10 (pp. 221-231) 
 

Chapter 11 (pp. 232-345)
 

Chapter 11 (pp. 245-251)
 

Chapter 12 (pp. 252-264) 

Session 29
 

Session 30
 

Session 31
 

Session 32
 

Session 33
 

Session 34
 

Expert Systems
 

Response Selection 
 

Principles of Compatibility
 

EXAM 2 
 

Control of Movementl
 

Control of Movement and Acquisition of Motor Skill

Chapter 12 (pp. 264-270) 
 

Chapter 13 (pp. 271-286)
 

Chapter 13 (pp. 286-295) 
 
 
 
 

Chapter 14 (pp.296-313)
 

Chapter 14 (pp.313-320); 
Chapter 15 (pp. 321-328) 

Session 35
 

Session 36
 

Session 37
 

Session 38
 
 
 

Aquisition and Retention of Motor Skills
 

Types of Controls and Their Features 
 

Control Panels 
 

Engineering Anthropometry 
 

THANKSGIVING BREAK

Chapter 15 (pp. 328-341) 
 

Chapter 16 (pp. 342-353) 
 

Chapter 16 (pp. 353-368) 
 

Chapter 17 (pp.369-376)
 
 
 

Session 39
 

Session 40
 

Session 41
 

Session 42
 

Session 43
 

Session 44
 
 

Cumulative Trauma Disorders
 

Workspace Design 
 

Lighting, Noise, Vibration, and Temperature 
 

Stress and Macroergonomics 
 

 Macroergonomics
 

The Practice of Human Factors; 
Final Review

Chapter 17 (pp. 376-387) 
 

Chapter 17 (pp. 387-395) 
 

Chapter 18 (pp. 397-418)
 

Chapter 18 (pp. 418-422) 
Chapter 19 (pp. 423-430)

Chapter 19 (pp. 430-449)
 

Chapter 21

Final Exam - TBA ---

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