Human Factors (MSHF)

Human Factors Courses

MSHF 606  Human Cognition  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines human cognitive processes, both simple and complex, and normal human cognitive functioning. It provides an overview of what human cognition is and what it involves. It examines the processes by which humans gather data and information, including how humans sense and perceive the surrounding environment to how humans recall and process data and information from all forms of memory. The course also examines the impacts of constructs such as attention, sensation, and perception on those processes. Next it examines how humans organize knowledge in the mind, as well as the impact language has on doing so. It also examines the impact of reasoning and creativity on the processes of risk assessment, problem solving, and decision making. Finally the course provides an overview of human decision making strategies, including the differing requirements, strengths, and weaknesses of each strategy, as well as of strategies for decision making in dynamic environments.

MSHF 612  Human Performance, Limitation, and Error  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the psychological and physiological performance capabilities of humans as related to human cognition. It also examines the limitations of that performance, both common and individual, and how these limitations are impacted by systemic variables such as the environments in which humans work and individual behavioral attributes. It then examines how human performance capabilities and limitations can collectively result in human error as well as examining the types and nature of those errors.
Prerequisites: MSHF 606.

MSHF 618  Virtual Environments, Simulation and Robotics  3 Credits (3,0)

The course examines the application of virtual, robotic, and simulated environments as a means to further the fields of aerospace, medicine, and engineering, through the enhancement of communications, operations, and training interfaces between humans and computers or other complex systems. The course researches applications in advanced robotics, simulation, and virtual environments and then analyzes and evaluates their benefits and challenges to the human interface and effective environments. Systemic resolutions to challenges are also investigated.
Prerequisites: MSHF 606 and MSHF 612.

MSHF 624  Ergonomics and Biomechanics  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines in depth the principles and applications of ergonomics and biomechanics in engineering, aerospace, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and health, and other technical industries. The course focuses on the biomechanical foundations of design of the workplace, tasks and tools, and analyzes human anatomy, anthropometry, kinematics, and musculoskeletal disorders. The course also explores the regulatory environment, identifying and evaluating risk factors, and implementing ergonomic hazard controls.
Prerequisites: MSHF 606 and MSHF 612.

MSHF 640  Human Physiology and Adaptation in Aerospace Environments  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines in depth the principles and critical elements of aerospace physiology, to include human performance, adaptation and significant challenges to the human body and mind in low and high-altitude/space flight and low-pressure and low-gravity environments. Specific topics include the physics of atmosphere, radiation environments, acceleration physiology, systemic physiological responses, sensorimotor interactions, environmental pathologies (e.g. circadian dysrhythmia, spatial disorientation, hypoxia, visual anomalies), and the effects of stimulants, disease and injury. Life support equipment and high performance aircraft are also explored.Prerequisites: Capstone Option: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 618, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670/ Thesis Option: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670.

MSHF 646  Industrial Applications in Aerospace  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines human factors principles and elements in developing and designing effective processes and applications for the aerospace industry. The course provides a working knowledge in areas of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive engineering, performance analysis, modeling, intelligent systems, and control design. Topics of emphasis examine neuroengineering, simulation and virtual environments, distributed cognition, adaptive technology, investigative approaches, engineered standards, human-robot collaboration, and other aerospace applications incorporating human factors considerations. The course builds a foundation for researching and designing operational applications in several venues for the aerospace industry. An orientation focusing on current and emerging technologies assesses approaches to integrate human factors elements and to collaborate effectively within the industry environment. Methods in the course employ scenario-based platforms and synthesizing learning from multiple disciplines.Prerequisites: Capstone Option: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 618, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670/ Thesis Option: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670.

MSHF 652  Crew Platform Automation, Design, and Integration  3 Credits (3,0)

Human performance and other human factors considerations involved in the automation, design, and systems integration of crew platforms are examined. The focus of this examination is on the elements enabling improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness, and safety of operations as related to crew platform function. The impact of normal human cognition and physiology as well as variables in human cognitive and physiological performance and limitations on crew platform design, human interface, automation, integration, human error, and operations in both piloted aircraft and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are also examined.Prerequisites: Capstone Option: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 618, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670/ Thesis Option: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670.

MSHF 691  MSHF Graduate Capstone Course  3 Credits (3,0)

The Master of Science in Human Factors Capstone Course is the culminating effort of the student's entire learning experience. The student will complete an individual project that provides significant evidence of experience in Human Factors. Students will work with designated faculty to formulate, develop, and complete the Human Factors individual project. The completion of the Capstone Course is designed to document significant evidence that all Program Outcomes have been met, and provides the student evidence of experience to show to current and prospective employers. The Capstone Course will be taken at the end of the student's degree program. NOTE: MSHF 691 must be taken as the final course in the MSHF program. With approval from the Program Chair, a student may undertake MSHF 691 in parallel with ONE final course only. Prerequisites: Aerospace Track: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 618, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670, ASCI 634, MSHF 640, MSHF 646, MSHF 652, SYSE 653/ Systems Engineering Track: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 618, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670, SYSE 500, SYSE 641, SYSE 647, SYSE 653, MSHF 646.

MSHF 700A  MSHF Thesis I  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is the first of a two course sequence (MSHF 700A and 700B) to complete the degree program through the accomplishment of a thesis. The student will propose and begin to develop a written document on a Human Factors topic, supervised throughout its preparation by the student's Thesis Committee. The document is intended to demonstrate the student's mastery in a topic of Human Factors and be of satisfactory quality for publication. Following satisfactory performance within this course, the student will continue on to MSHF 700B for the completion and submittal of the thesis. Prerequisites: For the Aerospace Track: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670, ASCI 634, MSHF 646, and MSHF 652./For the Systems Engineering Track: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670, SYSE 500, SYSE 647, and SYSE 653.

MSHF 700B  MSHF Thesis II  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is the second of a two course sequence (MSHF 700A and MSHF 700B) to complete the degree program through the accomplishment of a thesis. The student will complete their thesis under the supervision of the student's Thesis Committee. The document is intended to demonstrate the student's mastery of the topic and be of satisfactory quality for publication. Following satisfactory performance within this course, the student will be permitted to graduate from the program. Prerequisite: MSHF 700A.
Prerequisites: MSHF 700A.