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 for MSHF

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 for MSHF

MSHF 641  Systems Psychology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course emphasizes human psychological effects, human performance, performance limitations, and error mechanisms as primary components of sociotechnical systems of various designs and complexities. It focuses on human cognitive performance within these joint cognitive systems. The course explains the relationship between systems psychology and systems engineering, cognitive systems engineering, systems thinking, and systems science, and how human factors engineers employ these disciplines to positively impact the design and development of complex sociotechnical systems for the purpose of optimizing system efficiency, effectiveness, and safety. It emphasizes the need for critical thinking, analysis, reasoning, problem solving, risk assessment, and decision-making skills to accomplish this. It further examines how human psychology affects not just the system users, but all system stakeholders, including the system designers. The course provides both theoretical knowledge and practical application of the impact of human psychological performance on system conceptualization, design, development, testing, and employment over the system lifespan. This is accomplished through the lens of current system technological capability as well as that of likely future technological advancements, and all focused on improving human/systems integration (HSI).
Prerequisites: MSHF 606 and MSHF 612 for MSHF Students

MSHF 647  Human Factors in Complex Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

An examination of organizations and sustainable systems as socio-technical systems, including socio-technical approaches to design, implementation, and management is provided. The exploration of the understanding of effective interactions among people who work across organizational, geographical, cultural, technological, and temporal boundaries, as a means to design effective complex socio-technical systems is the focus of the course. Discussions include participative design and decision-making; quality of work life; semi-autonomous work groups; organizational ecology; and collective resource approaches to planning.
Prerequisites: Student must be admitted to MSYSE or MSHF MSHF 606 and MSHF 612 for MSHF

MSHF 653  Cognitive Systems Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Explores relationship between cognitive systems engineering and joint cognitive systems, emphasizing the human factors involved. Fundamental concepts in applying cognitive systems engineering to developing a joint cognitive system to include cognitive complexity, cognitive workload sharing and teamwork, human/computer and human/machine interaction, and system resiliency. Modeling techniques and analysis tools and techniques used in cognitive systems engineering.
Prerequisites: Student must be admitted to MSYSE or MSHF MSHF 606 and MSHF 612 for MSHF