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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


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

Dates and Location


This lecture series will be held as a flipped classroom ( This would provide them with a suitable foundation to go deeper and to perform the recommended readings that are
primarily based on the course textbook “Designing for People” (

Students are expected to watch these pre-recorded video lectures prior to attending a weekly interactive class, hosted via video-conference software (i.e., Zoom). The interactive class will provide students with the opportunity to ask questions and clarify aspects of the lecture that were unclear. Course participants will also be presented with case studies and instructed in practical methods in the interactive class. This will help students apply taught knowledge.


  • Successful course completion will require a total grade of 50%. This will ideally be evaluated by a physical examination at the end of the semester.

Date   #         Lectures (Book Chapter)

06.11   [V01]   Introduction to EHF (1)
13.11   [V02]   Understanding Systems (2)
20.11   [V03]   Task Analysis (2)
27.11   [V04]   Choosing Systems & Vision (2)
04.12   [V05]   Vision (4)
11.12   [V06]   Audition (5)
18.12   [V08]   Attention and Memory (6)
08.01   [V09]   Decision Making & Macrocognition (7)
15.01   [V10]   Displays (8)
22.01   [V11]   Controls and Human Automation (11)
29.01   [V12]   Anthropometry, Workspace Design, Physical Work (12, 13)
05.02   [V13]   Fatigue, Stress, and Workload (14, 15)
12.02   [V14]   Revision (--)


  • 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. (