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MM4SHP Studying Human Performance
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  12/13

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc Human Factors and Manufacturing students in School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering. MSc Interactive Systems Design students. 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:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The module aims to give a broad review of the measurement techniques which can be used in ergonomic analysis and evaluation of systems or products, together with an understanding of the need for experimental design and control in order to obtain valid and meaningful results. It also provides a theoretical basis for techniques which may be practised during laboratory work and exercises in other human factors modules. The syllabus covers: Introduction to experimental design; experimental controls; selection and recruitment of subjects; user trials; ethical considerations Observational methods: direct and indirect observation; recording techniques; measurement of behaviour; activity sampling Subjective measurements: ranking methods, rating scales, application in interviews and questionnaires Task analysis: task description; tabular and hierarchical task analysis; applications Introduction to SPSS Descriptive statistics Statistical analysis: Types of data; Normal distribution; Non-parametric tests; Parametric 2 samples tests, Correlation and regression, Chi Square, ANOVA

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours
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:
Up to 4 hours per week to include lectures, examples classes and computer laboratory classes

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 50 One 2 hour exam 
Coursework 1 25 Developing and pilot testing a short questionnaire, supported by a 2-page report 
Coursework 2 25 Experimental Study report - 2,500 words 

Convenor: 
Professor G Burnett

Education Aims:  This module aims to give a broad review of the methods and statistical techniques that can be used in the Human Factors assessment of products, workplaces and systems. It also provides a theoretical basis for techniques which may then be practiced in other Human Factors modules and project work.

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

  • LO1 Analyse products and workplaces using a range of different methods to suit the needs, capabilities and limitations of people in their physical/social/organisational environments.

  • LO2 Compare and contrast different methodological approaches when investigating Human Factors issues.

  • LO3 Evaluate methods and statistical techniques (and their emergent data) for use in addressing Human Factors issues.

  • LO4 Demonstrate the application of specific methods and statistical techniques in practical contexts.

  • LO5 Select and execute statistical tests to solve a Human Factors-related problem.

    Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering


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