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PSYO8922 – 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 MOrgPsych
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit examines the relationship between human performance and advanced technology, and the role of organisational psychologists in optimising this relationship. This unit will provide students with knowledge of theories and practical perspectives relating to the application of human factors principles in a range of operational settings. Practical components of the unit focus on the conduct of hazard analyses, task analyses, risk assessments, usability analyses, and human factors tests.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Demonstrate knowledge by critically analysing models and theories that purport to explain human performance and technology.
  • ULO2: Apply and differentiate the strategies associated with proactive and reactive human performance assessment, including practical issues and challenges.
  • ULO3: Prepare and undertake a usability analysis.
  • ULO4: Undertake and summarise the outcomes of a cognitive interview.
  • ULO5: Develop and defend a human factors test plan.
  • ULO6: Propose solutions to improve the relationship between human performance and technology.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
User Experience report 35% No 01/04/21
Human Factors Test plan 35% No 20/05/21
Closed book examination 30% No 02/06/21
Fortnightly Quiz questions 0% No 04/06/21

User Experience report

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

This 2000 word assessment task involves a report in which you examine a website of your choice and provide recommendations to address any user experience or usability issues identified.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Prepare and undertake a usability analysis.
  • Undertake and summarise the outcomes of a cognitive interview.
  • Propose solutions to improve the relationship between human performance and technology.

Human Factors Test plan

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

This 2500 word task involves the development of a human factors test plan to evaluate the outcomes of an initiative that is intended to improve human performance.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply and differentiate the strategies associated with proactive and reactive human performance assessment, including practical issues and challenges.
  • Develop and defend a human factors test plan.
  • Propose solutions to improve the relationship between human performance and technology.

Closed book examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: 02/06/21
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 models and theories that purport to explain human performance and technology.
  • Apply and differentiate the strategies associated with proactive and reactive human performance assessment, including practical issues and challenges.

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 models and theories that purport to explain human performance and technology.
  • Apply and differentiate the strategies associated with proactive and reactive human performance assessment, including practical issues and challenges.

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

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

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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

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

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