PSY20011 Human Factors Psychology


PSY20011 Human Factors Psychology is a new elective unit to be introduced in Semester 2 of 2016. It is exciting to be putting together the new content for this unit, and to be thinking about different ways of teaching a cross-disciplinary unit that is also very future-oriented.

I am using this page to collect resources and to play with different ways of organising material and offering different paths through the material for students with different backgrounds. The page will evolve in different ways until the unit takes shape in terms of week-by-week content.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the human factors research methods used in the laboratory compared with real world domains
  2. Describe human sensory systems and the constraints they place on human information processing in the context of machine interfaces and technology
  3. Describe aspects of human cognition including memory, attention, and decision-making
  4. Describe different methods of measuring mental and physical workload
  5. Identify appropriate human factors research methods to apply to specific problems in a real world domain
  6. Read, understand and critically evaluate contemporary studies on the application of human factors psychology to real world domains


  1. Research methods in human factors psychology
  2. Sensory systems and perception
  3. Cognition and decision-making
  4. Mental and physical workload and attention
  5. Human-machine interaction
  6. Automation
  7. Selection, training and performance


Texts and books

Videos and Tedtalks

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