PSYC5542 Human Factors

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
Students are able to (1) demonstration of proficiency and knowledge of human factors; (2) demonstration of writing skills; and (3) knowledge of human factors assessment.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case report/task analysis; (2) examination; and (3) consultancy proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Vanessa Bowden
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (coursework and dissertation) (53580)
the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (01880/54580)
the Master of Business Psychology (73550),
the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week (attendance to classes is compulsory)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Students enrolled in an APAC accredited program must hold provisional registration as a psychologist. It is the students' responsibility to ensure registration eligibility. Enrolled students are also responsible for maintaining provisional registration for the duration of their enrolment in the program.
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  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.