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PSYC 2220: Human Factors in Design


Spring 2017
Monday & Thursday 10:00 am - 11:50am, Sage 4101

Instructor: Michael Kalsher, Ph.D
E-mail: kalshm@rpi.edu
Telephone: (518) 276-8267
Office: Sage 4302
Office Hours: 12:00 noon - 1:00pm Monday & Thursday, and by appointment

Course Description: This course focuses on a consideration of human factors principles and considerations in the chain spanning from product/equipment designers and manufacturers to end users, as well as the relative contribution of economic, environmental, cultural and social influences. Topiocs covered include: research methods and statistics, design and evaluation methods, the human information processing system and its underlying sensory/perceptual components (i.e., the human visual, auditory, vestibular/kinesthetic, and haptic systems, cognition and decision making), displays and controls, human-computer interaction, anthropometry and biomechanics. During the course we will read and discuss/debate case studies in which a technical solution pursued did not have the desire effect because the people involved focused too much on the technology without paying sufficient attention to human factors principles and non-technical issues associated with the technology's ultimate usage. Students will work individually, or in small groups, to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints (e.g., economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability).

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