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IME 5420 - Human Factors Engineering
The process of designing for human use. The course covers the study of the interactions between the individual, equipment, products, and the environment in any human-task-environment system. Topics include human capabilities and limitations; human input, output, and control; work space design; and the work environment.
Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: Recommended, IME 2610 and IME 2620 or equivalent.
Credits: 3 hours
Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)
- Understand the functional processes of the human system that
pertain to an understanding of the capabilities and limitations
of humans in human-machine systems. The role of psychology,
physiology, ergonomics, and safety will be discussed in the
context of measuring and predicting human performance. (e,f,i).
- Understand the principles and applications of human factors
through design problems, case studies and a term project. (g,
- Understand the ramifications (ethical and legal) of collecting
data on humans and product liability (d,h).
- Intensify the critical, analytical process of thinking (k).
- Experience the planning, designing and testing of human performance
- Demonstrate collection of reliable and reproducible data,
statistically analyze the data,discuss implications of the data,
and draw reasonable conclusions. (b, h).
- Demonstrate competence in oral and written communications
- Develop technical ability to design with multidisciplinary
objectives (d, h)
The student should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of human capabilities and limitations.
(4, 5, 7)
- Understand and develop appropriate human
performance aids following industrial and managerial practices.
(1, 2, 4, 3)
- Complete written tasks in a clear, concise,
efficient manner. (1, 2, 5, 7)
- Incorporate statistical research into reports
using electronic and print media and verify and document those
resources appropriately. (3, 4, 5, 7)
- Present ideas orally in an organized, concise,
and effective manner. (3, 6)
Wickens, C. D., Hollands, J. G. (2000). Engineering Psychology and Human Performance, 3rd Ed. Prentice, Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Casey, S. (1998). Set Phasers on Stun, 2nd Ed. Aegean Publishing, Santa Barbara, CA.
Western Michigan University
E-223 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Revision Date: Fall 2004