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PSYB8962 – Human Factors in New Technology

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Mark Wiggins
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to GradCertBusPsy or GradDipBusPsy or MCTerrorism or MCrim or MCyberSecAnalysis or MIntell or MSecStrategicStud
Corequisites Corequisites
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Unit description Unit description

This unit will provide students with an introductory knowledge of the role of human factors in new technologies. Practical components of the unit focus on the conduct of usability assessments in identifying and remediating issues that impede human performance.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate knowledge by critically analysing principles and practices that underpin the application of human factors in the workplace.
  • ULO2: Apply and differentiate the strategies associated with identification and remediation of human performance issues in the workplace
  • ULO3: Prepare and undertake a usability analysis
  • ULO4: Undertake a critical analysis of the role of human factors in the contemporary workplace
  • ULO5: Propose targeted solutions to improve the relationship between human performance and technology

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Students will complete a critical essay of 2500 words 35% No 01/04/21
Usability Analysis 35% No 20/05/21
Closed book examination 30% No 31/05/21
Fortnightly Quiz questions 0% No 04/06/21

Students will complete a critical essay of 2500 words

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: 01/04/21
Weighting: 35%

This 2500 word assessment task involves an essay in which students will conduct a critical evaluation of the role of human factors in a domain of their choosing.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge by critically analysing principles and practices that underpin the application of human factors in the workplace.
  • Undertake a critical analysis of the role of human factors in the contemporary workplace

Usability Analysis

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: 20/05/21
Weighting: 35%

This 2500 word task involves a report which summarises the outcomes of a usability and user-experience assessment of a website.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge by critically analysing principles and practices that underpin the application of human factors in the workplace.
  • Prepare and undertake a usability analysis
  • Propose targeted solutions to improve the relationship between human performance and technology

Closed book examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 31/05/21
Weighting: 30%

In class Closed book 50 minute examination of 25 short answer questions.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge by critically analysing principles and practices that underpin the application of human factors in the workplace.
  • Apply and differentiate the strategies associated with identification and remediation of human performance issues in the workplace

Fortnightly Quiz questions

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: 04/06/21
Weighting: 0%

Completion of the multiple choice questions associated with each video recording


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge by critically analysing principles and practices that underpin the application of human factors in the workplace.
  • Apply and differentiate the strategies associated with identification and remediation of human performance issues in the workplace
  • Undertake a critical analysis of the role of human factors in the contemporary workplace
  • Propose targeted solutions to improve the relationship between human performance and technology

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

CLASSES This unit consists of alternating face-to-face and on-line classes. Where a class in delivered on-line, students will be expected to: (a) Review a 20 minute (approx.) video clip, read the relevant chapter in the textbook together with one or two additional papers, answer questions to a short, on-line quiz, and undertake any activities as directed for that week. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Learning objectives and assessment activities are based on the requirements of a minimum 80% class attendance.

If there are exceptional circumstances where a session must be missed, this will need to be arranged with the unit convener in advance. Failure to do so implies a lack of professionalism. REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED TEXTS AND/OR MATERIALS

Required readings include chapters from the textbook, and readings listed in the Topic Notes

Textbook: Stone, N.J., Chaparro, A., Keebler, J.R., Chaparro, B.S., & McConnell, D.S. (2018). Introduction to human factors: Applying psychology to design. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

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Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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