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Human Factors in System Design Training by Tonex

Examining human factors in system design is a science that explores how humans interact with a product, technology, or service.

It takes both psychology and engineering to apply human factors when designing an experience.

Human factors in system design also refers to how users interact with systems, machines, platforms, or even tasks. As a discipline, it has strong military ties and is often associated with the aviation industry.

The complexity of cockpit controls, for example, increases the cognitive load on pilots, leading to accidents due to human error (that’s why it’s called “human” factors). Product creators, similarly, look for ways to reduce cognitive load on users.

Experts in human factors in system design often talk about the three pillars of human-centered design:

  • Feasibility
  • Viability
  • Desirability

Essentially, design thinking that fundamentally speaks to the emotional component of the customer experience (CX) is built on these pillars and more.

When considering human factors in system design, it’s important to understand spatial relationships between people, objects and their environments.

Experts in this field believe that design decisions which govern the operability of human-machine systems should be made by people who thoroughly understand human factors principles, methods and data.

In reality, however, these decisions are often made by people trained in other design disciplines. These individuals may not be aware of, misinterpret or not value this information.

To ensure that human factors information is better integrated into the design process, it’s important to understand the context, perspectives, and activities associated with system design.

Human factors covers a number of areas, anthropometrics, ergonomics, psychology, human physiology, environment and design for human needs.

The core of human factors is to fit the task and the environment to people so they can enjoy the built environment and products as well as carrying out their jobs safely and effectively. This can be very challenging and human factors has tools and strategies to ensure good results for the human users.

Failure to apply human factors in the design process can range from fatigue, misinterpretation to catastrophic and fatal.

Human Factors in System Design Training by Tonex

Human Factors in System Design covers the key concepts of human factors and their application to development and design of  systems. Learn about human factors in engineering, human cognitive, physical capabilities, and limitations in design for performance, safety, reliability and operations. Human Factors in System Design focuses on the concepts underlying the design process, human factors and behavioral theory of the design process.

Learn about the essential link between system design engineering and human/end users/operators. Human factors in engineering discusses how scientific knowledge about human behavior in specifying the design and use of a human-machine system.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the attendees are able to:

  • Learn principles of human factors for engineering, task and system design
  • Human factors engineering principles and practices
  • Familiarize with the human behavior in engineering and system design
  • Develop knowledge of human factors design concepts and principles
  • Learn engineering and design models of human-machine interaction and information processing
  • Develop an understanding of approaches to integrating human factors in engineering and system design
  • Design and identify expected engineering and design outcomes
  • Discuss human factors issues in specific domains
  • Apply human factors design principles to real-world problems through case studies and workshops

Course Topics

Systems Development Cycle

  • Application of human factors engineering
  • Engineering system design as a behavioral process
  • System functional requirements
  • System function allocation
  • System task and skill analysis
  • Systems evaluation
  • Mission objectives and role of human factors

An Overview of System Design

  • The design process
  • Design methods and practice
  • Design Resources
  • System design, technical specifications and behavioral theory
  • Human system design and integration
  • Challenges

Human Performance Capabilities

  • Design of control systems
  • Design of complex  interfaces
  • Development of a behavioral theory of design
  • Human factors in system design, development, verification and validation, and operations and maintenance

Human Perceptual, Cognitive and Performance

  • Characteristics
  • Automation and human-Machine integration
  • Display and control design
  • Design of systems
  • Input Devices and Controls
  • Process control and system operation
  • Information presentation Command and control (C2)
  • Workplace and crew station
  • Facilities design
  • Work Design
  • Performance, Speed, Accuracy and Reliability
  • Stress, fatigue, and other psychological and physiological states
  • Individual differences
  • System engineering design with difficult people

Automation and Human-Machine Integration

  • Design of equipment, vehicles, and facilities
  • Portable systems and equipment
  • Manpower and crew
  • Maintainability and usability
  • General workplace and building design
  • Design of service facilities
  • Artificial intelligence and virtual environments
  • Task description, task analysis and allocation
  • Job skill, structure, and organization
  • Work duration and shift work
  • Sustain and continuous operations
  • Job attitudes and satisfaction
  • Motivation and morale
  • Training and job support

Project and Program Proposals

  • Definition, and planning
  • System Engineering Management Plan (SEMP) and Human Factors
  • Human engineering planning
  • Definition of SoW
  • Application of standard human factors principles and design decisions
  • Physiological and psychological capabilities of humans, system performance
  • Expected involvement of the human in the overall system
  • Definition of system operation and usage
  • System validation
  • High Level Requirements and Verification Criteria
  • System design specification
  • Design and development
  • Testing, Inspection, demonstration and analysis
  • Incremental and interim assessments
  • Final verification and acceptance
  • Tools
  • Human system interface design
  • Design style guidance

Meeting the Human Factor Challenges in Engineering and System Design

  • Human factors programmatic activities
  • Program lifecycle engagement
  • System thinking and total system approach
  • Concurrent engineering models and methods
  • Operator involvement and task analysis
  • PBS and WBS
  • Predictive workload analyses
  • Collaboration with development and design engineers
  • Testing
  • Coordination and detailed planning
  • Design decisions
  • Operability of human-machine systems
  • Human factors principles, methods, and data
  • The teamwork approach
  • Case Studies
  • Workshops


Human Factors in System Design Training

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