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ENSC 304 - Human Factors and Usability Engineering Term: 2008 - 1 Instructor: Evan Graham TA’s: Mandana Salajegheh , Manouchehr Mani Course Information, readings, assignments, etc.: http://www.sfu.ca/~egraham/ensc304 ENSC 304 - Human Factors and Usability Engineering Definition of Human Factors The design of equipment that people use intentionally taking into account how human beings operate. The field of human factors engineering uses scientific knowledge about human behavior in specifying the design and use of a human- machine system. Human factors discovers and applies information about human behaviors, abilities, limitations, and other characteristics … to the design of tools, machines, systems, tasks, and environment… for productive, safe, comfortable and effective human use.
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ENSC 304 - Human Factors and Usability Engineering Definition of Human Factors A related area is called ergonomics (from the Greek ergo ). • Cognitive ergonomics. • Physiological ergonomics This course concentrates on cognitive ergonomics, or Engineering Psychology. Human factors comes from a military background. Ergonomics comes from an occupational health and safety tradition. ENSC 304 - Human Factors and Usability Engineering Human Factors Motto - Honor Thy User! Tool Task User Environment
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ENSC 304 - Human Factors and Usability Engineering Introduction to Soft Systems •Systems consist of components arranged in an environment •Components are identified by internal function, inputs, and outputs
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