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Lecture: Engineering for Human Factors

  • Lecturer: Dr. Lewis Chuang
  • Exercises: Mr. Francesco Chiossi, Mr. Jesse Grootjen, Dr. Lewis Chuang
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  • Credit hours: 2 + 2
  • ECTS-Credits: 6
  • Modul: Elective course (Vertiefende Themen) for Masters Media Informatics, Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction
  • Language: English


  • Material for the first lecture is available here: Design for People - Intro. The password will be announced in the lecture.
  • Course registration will be available via Uni2Work at the beginning of October.
  • Students without Uni2Work account should attend the first lecture for further information on course organization.

Dates and Location

  • Friday, 10.00hrs - 12.00hrs c.t., First date: 18.10.19, Final date: 07.02.19
  • Location: Hörsaal B 001, Oettingenstraße 67

Exercise (Uebung):

  • Friday, 14.00hrs - 16:00hrs c.t., Amalienstr. 73a, Room 020, First date: 25.10.18, Final date: 07.02.19

Written Exam (Klausur)

  • Closed book examination (slides and written material not permitted)
  • Successful course completion requires 50% correct.


Engineering refers to the creative application of scientific and mathematical principles to design systems that serve practical purposes. How can we engineer systems that are mindful of the humans that use them? This course addresses human factors that are relevant to the design of products, processes, systems, and whole environments. It is based on the belief that systems that are designed for human factors can result in more effective, safer, and more satisfactory user interactions. In this course, students will learn how principles for user-centred design are derived from theory and empirical research from three areas of specialization:

  • cognitive: perception, memory, reasoning, decision making
  • physical: anthropometric, physiological, and biomechanical
  • social: organizational structure, teamwork, work design


[V01] Introduction: Why Bother With Human Factors?
[V02] Understanding and Designing Systems
[V03] Task Analysis
[V04] Perception and Attention
[V05] Memory
[V06] Decision-making
[V08] Displays and Controls
[V09] Human-Automation Interactions
[V10] Anthropometry and Workspace Design
[V11] Biomechanics and Physical work
[V12] Stress and Workload
[V13] Safety & Accident Prevention
[V14] Teamwork and Organizations


  • Good English skills; Teaching will be in English; Exam questions and course work can be answered in German
  • Course of study: Media informatics (Master), Human-Computer-Interaction (Master), Informatics (Master)


  1. Lee, Wickens, Liu, Boyle (2017) Designing for People: An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering, CreateSpace, Charleston, SC. (