PSYC451-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)

Human Factors - Ergonomics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


An overview of the role of psychology in the field of cognitive ergonomics and human factors.

Why do some products satisfy while others frustrate? What human factors lead to the acceptance and repeated use of new technologies? Designers want their products to be useful, usable, and desirable, organisations want their people to thrive in their work environments, and engineers want their technologies to be safe and error-free.

This course explores these and other issues as it examines the science behind why, and how, people think about, experience, and engage with the ‘artificial’ or human-made world. More particularly, students will learn about the specific human factors (cognitive, emotional, social, and physical) that shape our behaviour—with everything from consumer products to bleeding-edge technologies to the design of workplaces, healthcare, equipment, software, and even AI. Along the way, students will develop foundational knowledge for researching and applying psychological science to a wide range of products and environments—both physical and digital—and in ways that serve human beings more effectively and safely.  

As the demand for human factors expertise in nearly every industry (and in every corner of the workforce) continues to grow, there is a vast array of possibilities open to students, with the skills and knowledge they gain from this course.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

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Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Online Delivery
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Dwain Allan

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,079.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the departments and faculties page .

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