UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PSYC5542 Human Factors

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 20172018
Content The objective of this unit is to provide students with a detailed appreciation of the human element in complex work systems such as mining, transport, military settings and medicine. Human Factors is the science of making technology accessible for human users. As a science, the field of human factors focuses on understanding the capabilities and limitations of human performance from the perspective of perception, cognition and movement control. Human Factors psychologists apply that basic knowledge to the design of systems and environments that accommodate those capabilities and limitations.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstration of proficiency and knowledge; (2) demonstration of language/writing skills; and (3) demonstration of creative thought.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) essay; (2) case report; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Shayne Loft
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week (attendance to classes is compulsory)

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.