Human Factors

MEE40005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 60 Hours


100 credit points from a Bachelor Degree
Admission into MA-EPRE - Master of Professional Engineering

Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to introduce you to the fundamental principles of human factors, and to develop an understanding of the nature and application of these principles to Human-Machine Systems.
After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:
1. Appraise and interpret scientific literature associated with human factors. (K1, K4, A2, A4)
2. Describe physical, cognitive and perceptual processes of human behaviour relating to systems design. (K1, K3)
3. Apply the fundamental principles of human factors to the evaluation and design of Human-Machine Systems. (K1, K3, K4, S1, S2, S3, A1, A2, A6, A7)
4. Use physical and cognitive assessment tools that are applied in industry. (S1, A1)
5. Appreciate the basic requirements of workplace health and safety legislation in Australia. (K5)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific discipline within that context.
K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Interprets and applies current or emerging knowledge from inside and outside the specific discipline.
K5 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the contextual factors affecting professional engineering practice.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving complex problems.
S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in design.
A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional accountability.
A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences.
A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing information.
A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.
A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.