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MM4COG Cognitive Ergonomics in Design
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc & final year BEng, MEng & BSc students in Dept M3. MSc Human Factors, MSc Human Computer Interaction. CDT Horizon PhD students. MEng/BEng PDM, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Civil Engineering, Architecture & Built Environment. NOTE: Erasmus/Socrates/Visiting students MUST take any relevant examinations for this module in Nottingham at the appropriate time with all other students in the cohort.   Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Undergraduate students from M3 taking this module should have a basic knowledge of professional skills from modules such as MM1PRO or equivalent.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  

  • Cognitive psychology and ergonomics
  • The human as information processor: Memory and attention, mental models,
  • Human Workload
  • Displays, controls, consoles and control rooms
  • Decision making, automation
  • Situation awareness
  • Problem solving and artificial intelligence
  • Decision support systems, decision making biases,
  • Situated cognition and joint cognitive systems
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  • Moodle
  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    Two hours of lectures per week, two of these lectures are practical classes.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 100 2 hour examination. 

    Professor S Sharples

    Education Aims:  To provide students with a thorough understanding of cognitive ergonomics and the way in which the consideration of cognitive ergonomics can impact on human performance in the workplace. A good understanding of the way in which individuals process, interpret, understand and communicate information can ensure that control devices, products, working conditions and systems are properly designed and implemented.

    Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • LO1 –Describe how humans process information and how this applies in a variety of working contexts.

  • LO2 –Evaluate the range of subjective and objective assessment methods available to measure cognitive work performance.

  • LO3 –Critically analyse a variety of products and systems according to the extent that they support human behaviour and performance.

  • LO4 –Analyse data related to cognitive performance and interpret it in the context of literature.

  • LO5 – Recognise the variety of products and work contexts to which cognitive ergonomics design practice and guidance can be applied.

    Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

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