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MPP036 - Cognitive ergonomics
Kognitiv ergonomi
 
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPDES
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Design Engineering
Department: 40 - INDUSTRIAL AND MATERIALS SCIENCE


Teaching language: English
Application code: 16120
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: D
Maximum participants: 48
Status, available places (updated regularly): Yes

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0108 Written and oral assignments 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

In programs

MPDES INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPDES INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)

Examiner:

Lars-Ola Bligård

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Theme:

MTS 7,5 hec


Eligibility

General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

MMT010 Design Ergonomics or PPU061 Human machine systems or equivalent

Aim

The purpose of the course is to develop deepened knowledge on different prerequisites and consequences of human interaction with technical products, machines and systems and the demands this impose on design. The course focuses on the human being as a decision maker and the role humans have in technical systems and what factors that affect, for example, information handling, performance, human error, motivation in work, stress etc.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Apply theories and methods from scientific publications in practice
- Adapt and adjust the application of theories and methods based on the condition at hand
- Carry out empirical investigation and analysis of operator cognition
- Integrate results from empirical and theoretical analysis
- Compose requirements and designs based on the analysis
- Reflect about theories and methods from scientific publications and relate to application

Content

Many machines and other technical artefacts are today used in complex technical systems by expert operators. The purpose of the course is to develop deeper knowledge and skill in analysing human cognition and interaction and how this influences on the design of the machine.

The course focuses on the human controlling and acting in complex technical systems and the factors that affect, for example, information handling, performance, human error, motivation in work, stress etc.

The course centers on how to investigate the user's cognition and how that affects the design of the artefact. The pedagogical approach is that the students apply theories and methods on a real case to experience and learn how cognitive ergonomics functions in a real situation.

Organisation

The main part of the course is the project where an existing human-machine system is analysed, both theoretically and empirically. The project is performed in groups of 2-3 students  and the projects will be presented orally in class and in a written report.

To support the project work, theme lectures are given to deepening theory part and to introduce methods. Furthermore, the students have also access to scientific literature to support the project.

In the beginning of the course the students need to repeat their basic knowledge regarding human mental information processing, by reading recommended literature and hand-in a number of exercises.

Literature

Power-point presentations from the lectures at the course web-site

Articles, reports and book chapters listed in the project description





Examination including compulsory elements

The following parts are mandatory to perform to pass the course:

- recap hand in exercises (individual)
- oral presentation of project assignment (in group)
- written report of project assignment (in group)
- final home exam (individual)



The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.


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