ERGONOMICS AND HUMAN FACTORS - 2017/8

Module code: PSYM029

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

BANKS AP Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

15

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

C800

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Seminar Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework GROUP PRESENTATION 25%
Coursework USABILITY REPORT (2500 WORDS) 75%

Alternative Assessment

Individuals to record presentation at an appropriate time.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

The aim of the module is to introduce theory and methods that can be applied to improve the design of technology, work and the workplace. The modules is built around two assignments. In the first, students are given a simple work environment or product and use ergonomic methods to gather and analyse data to inform recommendations. This is presented as a group. In the second assignment, students select a work environment or product themselves and conduct a more thorough ergonomic analysis, drawing draw upon relevant theory and evidence to inform recommendations presented as a usability report.

Module aims

Provide students with theory and research to evaluate and develop technology, work and workspaces

Provide students with practice in applying methods from human factors to gather data about technology, work and workspaces

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Analyse products and work environments using theories, models and methods of work design, ergonomics and human factors
Make recommendations for a redesign to improve the productivity, health and well being of the employees and users

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


The psychology of people and technology: human factors and ergonomics
Workplace safety and error prevention
Usability & user trials


 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


enable students to develop as scientist-practitioners. That is, to apply psychological theory, evidence and methods to solve organisational problems.


The learning and teaching methods include:


2 hour seminar x 11 weeks. This will involve a combination of lecturing and group exercises.
128 hours independent study. This will involve a combination of reading, and data collection and analysis for the assignments.

Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

1. Group presentation

This assignment has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn methods relevant to ergonomics and human factors.

LO 1 & 2

2. Usability report (2500 words excluding figures, tables and reference section).

This assignment has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and application of theory and methods relevant to ergonomics and human factors and their skill in developing recommendations based on their diagnosis.

LO 1 & 2

Deadline: week 12

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will also be provided through the group exercises which involve analysis and generating recommendations in different aspects of work design.

Reading list

Reading list for ERGONOMICS AND HUMAN FACTORS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psym029

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.