Human Factors Psychology

PSY20011 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22

Aims and objectives

This unit focuses on the application of theories and principles of behaviour and cognition to areas beyond the laboratory, such as design and engineering, organisational settings and workplaces, and education and training.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast the human factors research methods used in the laboratory with those used in real world domains
2. Examine human sensory systems in terms of the constraints they place on human information processing in the context of machine interfaces and technology
3. Outline aspects of human cognition including memory, attention, and decision-making
4. Evaluate different methods of measuring mental and physical workload
5. Apply appropriate human factors research methods to specific problems in a real world domain
6. Critically evaluate contemporary studies on the application of human factors psychology to real world domains

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