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An overview of the role of psychology in the field of cognitive ergonomics and human factors.
An overview of the role of Psychology in the field of usability and human factors. This course will deal with various issues in Human Factors and Usability Engineering. The course will have an applied emphasis oriented towards using psychological theory in the "real" world. Human Factors and usability in the "real" world makes software, devices, processes, tools, appliances, vehicles, houses, etc. more usable. In many settings this increase in usability can directly improve the users' experience which in turn leads to better sales and a reduction in costs to support the product. For safety, critical application usability is even more important and can prevent disasters from happening. Good Human Factors saves or makes money.
At the completion of this course, students will be able to: Demonstrate understanding of the key theories in usability. Demonstrate the ability to apply those theories to human behaviour in human-built system contexts. Demonstrate the ability to critically challenge the different usability theories. Demonstrate the ability to conduct usability research and design. Demonstrate the ability to report usability research.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
No set text book but readings will be made available.
Domestic fee $963.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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