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MM4HSD Contemporary Issues in Human Factors and Interactive Systems
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  12/13

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc in Human Factors students in School of Mechanical, Materials, Manufacturing Engineering, MSc Interactive Systems Design students in Computer Science. NOTE: Erasmus/Socretes/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:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Compulsory module for MSc Human Factors & MSc Interactive Systems Design courses

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module develops an understanding of human factors and interactive systems design through student led seminars and an individual literature review that each student conducts on a contemporary topic area. The seminar will cover aspects such as: defining human factors and interactive systems, approaches (experimental, ethnographic, analytical, etc) and the design of systems, case studies illustrating the need for socio-technical perspectives, and issues in user-centred design for products, processes and interfaces. The literature review will equip each student with essential skills in the searching, critical analysis and synthesis of relevant literature (which may come from a variety of scientific journals, books, industrial/business/professional publications across a range of disciplines). Each student will develop their knowledge and understanding of a specific area in human factors/interactive systems. The information collected will be critically analysed to produce an extended essay/review.

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

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 20 Essay 
Coursework 2 80 Literarure Review 

Dr R Houghton

Education Aims:  This module develops an understanding of human factors/ergonomics and of approaches to its application. Systems analysis and design are introduced to enhance other modules on both the MSc in Human Factors & MSc Interactive Systems Design courses. This module also equips students with the essential and transferable skills of reviewing literature in a chosen topic area through searching, critical analysis and synthesis of relevant literature. A further aim is for the student to develop knowledge of a specific area in contemporary human factors/interactive systems design.

Learning Outcomes:  The student should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of human factors applied to systems design of products, processes and interfaces as well as research and review scientific and industrial literature, critically appreciate and synthesise information from a broad range of sources, communicate this effectively in an extended essay, and to undertake self-directed study.

Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

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