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Module

MEC8028 : Human Centered Design and Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Javier Munguia Valenzuela
  • Lecturer: Dr Roberto Palacin
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

•       To provide a comprehensive overview of human-factors considerations that are present when undertaking engineering design projects, such as: cognitive issues, physical and mental limits, human perception, human error, reliability and user preferences.
•       To evaluate multiple design implications, considerations and methodologies that can be followed when designing for humans.
•       To present and discuss different scenarios when human-factors considerations play a crucial role for the design of systems in fields such as transport, interfaces, assistive technologies and consumer products.
•       To inform and provide a contemporary knowledge base on current trends and proven methods that support designing for humans in an engineering design context.

Outline Of Syllabus

* Human Factors: Cognitive and Physiological
- Environmental ergonomics: interaction with the environment, including temperature, pressure, noise, vibration, light, and tolerance limits.
- Cognitive ergonomics and human-equipment interaction

*Anthropometry for product design
- Obtaining, Capturing, measuring and use of anthropometric data to inform design

*Design for all, accessibility and design methodologies
- Usability testing and assurance
- Capturing users preferences to develop efficient Product Design & Performance Specifications: Quality Function Deployment (QFD), Kansei engineering.
- Capturing non-spoken subjective user preferences- Emotional engineering
- User Centred Design fundamentals for efficient interface design.
-Design for X methodologies and ‘Design for all’ (inclusive Design) taking into account human capabilities and limitations

*Applied Ergonomics
- Industrial and consumer ergonomics.
- Transport ergonomics and user-base design issues

*Data gathering and project management
- Measurements and experimental design for field investigation: analytical observation, questionnaire design, focus groups planning, usability tests

Case studies and practicals
-       Designing and analysing interfaces: physical, digital/tactile
-       Designing ranking scales and ‘House of Quality’ matrices
-       Measuring human response to inform design
-       Practical implications of reliability: structures, mechanisms and human reliability

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable