OSU Catalog Description
IE 599. HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING II (4).
Advanced topics in human factors engineering, including: advanced human-machine systems engineering; human cognition and its impacts on the operation of complex, high-risk systems; cognitive task analysis; mental models; human factors requirements, human error and human error frameworks; human factors in important human-machine system domains, such as health care, transportation, and manufacturing; human factors of automation; recent developments in human factors research and engineering. PREREQS: IE 545
Meeting Times and Location
Lecture: MW 1400-1550 in BAT 250
Instructor: Dr. Ken Funk
E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 541-737-2357 Office: Rogers 212 Office Hours: MWF 1600-1700,
or when the door is open,
or by appointment
- Kahneman, Daniel (2011). Thinking, Fast and Slow. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- Crandall, B., Klein, G., & Hoffman, R.R. (2006). Working Minds: A Practitioner's Guide to Cognitive Task Analysis. Cambridge: The MIT Press.
After completing this course students should be able, without reference to resources, to:
- describe how human factors engineering applies in specific domains, such as transportation, healthcare, and manufacturing.
- explain the role and the significance of human cognition in the operation of complex, high-risk systems;
- use Cognitive Task Analysis in the Human-Machine Systems Engineering process or in human factors research;
- explain human error in terms of contributing factors, mechanisms, classification, and remediations; and
- explain in detail some advanced topic in human factors engineering, such as mental models, or skill-/rule-/knowledge-based processing.
Class meetings will generally consist of discussion of the readings assigned for those days. In preparation for each discussion, each student shall read the assignment and prepare brief written responses to the Discussion Questions for that reading (Thinking, Fast and Slow or Working Minds).
Examinations will cover readings and discussions. The midterm examination will be over all of them covered from the beginning of the term through the preceding class meeting. The final examination will be comprehensive, but will focus on the material from the class after the midterm examination through the end of the term. Both exams will be closed book, closed notes, but a memory aid consisting of one 8½" x 11" sheet of paper (both sides) may be used for each exam.
Adverse Event Analysis Project
Each student will review a significant adverse event (accident or other mishap resulting in serious injury, death, or major property damage) which can be attributed in large part to human error and apply the concepts learned in this course to help explain it and to make recommendations to reduce the likelihood of such events in the future. Brief oral summaries and progress reports will be given to the class occasionally during the term and complete fIndings will be presented in a final written report.
Cognitive Task Analysis Project
Each student will also do a Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA) in a domain of his or her choosing that is acceptable to the instructor and apply the results to write preliminary requirements for a system to improve human performance in that domain. Brief oral summaries and progress reports will be given to the class occasionally during the term and complete fIndings will be presented in a final written report.
Examination questions will be graded on appropriate technical criteria. Project report grading will be based on completeness, technical accuracy and other criteria, including the following:
- factual accuracy;
- logic, including validity of assumptions and the extent to which conclusions logically follow;
- logical organization of sections and paragraphs and the clear and orderly flow of the text;
- clarity of expression;
- style appropriate to a technical audience;
- structure, including proper sentence construction and readability;
- wording, the appropriate choice of words;
- grammar in conformance with accepted rules of English;
- spelling accuracy;
- punctuation in conformance with accepted rules of English; and
- formatting, the extent to which document formatting (headings and subheadings, text font, face, indentation, bullets and numbering, page breaks, etc.) are used to enhance readability, organization, and clarity.
Grading will be based on points earned for course work as defined in the following table.
|Adverse Event Analysis Project||
|Cognitive Task Analysis Project||100|
|Discussion Question Answers
|| (see below)
|Instructor Evaluation, based on participation||+/-20||points|
Each student is required to present written answers to Discussion Questions for most class meetings. If a student misses more than two sets, that student's final grade will be lowered one-third letter grade (i.e., one +/- step) for each missing set in excess of two.
Points will be assigned to student work according to the above and each student's final course grade will be based on the percentage of maximum possible points earned, according to the following table.
93% - 100% A 90% - 92% A- 87% - 89% B+ 83% - 86% B 80% - 82% B- 77% - 79% C+ 73% - 76% C 70% - 72% C- 67% - 69% D+ 63% - 66% D 60% - 62% D- 0% - 59% F
Questions about Grading
Any questions or concerns about the grading of specific work must be brought to the attention of the Instructor within one week of when the graded work is returned.
Accommodations for students with disabilities are determined and approved by Disability Access Services (DAS). If you, as a student, believe you are eligible for accommodations but have not obtained approval please contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098 or at http://ds.oregonstate.edu. DAS notifies students and faculty members of approved academic accommodations and coordinates implementation of those accommodations. While not required, students and faculty members are encouraged to discuss details of the implementation of individual accommodations. [Updated 28 April 2016.]
In this course, you will naturally be held to high standards of academic honesty, and any dishonest acts will be dealt with firmly. The following is adapted from the OSU Student Conduct and Community Standards webpage.
Academic or Scholarly Dishonesty is defined as an act of deception in which a Student seeks to claim credit for the work or effort of another person, or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic work or research, either through the Student's own efforts or the efforts of another. It includes:
CHEATING - use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids, or an act of deceit by which a Student attempts to misrepresent mastery of academic effort or information. This includes but is not limited to unauthorized copying or collaboration on a test or assignment, using prohibited materials and texts, any misuse of an electronic device, or using any deceptive means to gain academic credit.
FABRICATION - falsification or invention of any information including but not limited to falsifying research, inventing or exaggerating data, or listing incorrect or fictitious references.
ASSISTING - helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty. This includes but is not limited to paying or bribing someone to acquire a test or assignment, changing someone's grades or academic records, taking a test/doing an assignment for someone else by any means, including misuse of an electronic device. It is a violation of Oregon state law to create and offer to sell part or all of an educational assignment to another person.
TAMPERING - altering or interfering with evaluation instruments or documents.
PLAGIARISM - representing the words or ideas of another person or presenting someone else's words, ideas, artistry or data as one's own, or using one's own previously submitted work. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to copying another person's work (including unpublished material) without appropriate referencing, presenting someone else's opinions and theories as one's own, or working jointly on a project and then submitting it as one's own.
Any acts of academic dishonesty in this course will be handled initially by the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. Any such matters not quickly resolved will also be referred to the Student Conduct Coordinator for action under Oregon Revised Statute 351.070.
Subject to change, so check this page frequently.
Week 1: 9 - 13 January
|Monday||No class due to OSU weather closure.|
|Wednesday||Review of Human Factors Engineering
Week 2: 16 - 20 January
|Monday||No Class - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
|Wednesday||Kahneman Intro. & Ch. 1
Crandall et al Chs. 1-2
|System 1 / System 2
Overview of Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA)
Week 3: 23 - 27 January
|Monday||Kahneman App. A
Crandall et al Ch. 3
|Judgment Under Uncertainty
CTA Preparation & Framing
|Wednesday||Kahneman Chs. 2-5||Mental Effort, Laziness, Association, Ease|
Week 4: 30 January - 3 February
|Monday||Kahneman Chs. 6-7
Crandall et al Ch. 4
|Norms, Surprises, Jumping To Conclusions
|Wednesday||Kahneman Chs. 8-11||Shotgunning,
Week 5: 6 - 10 February
|Monday||Kahneman Ch. 12
Crandall et al Ch. 5-6
Incident-Based CTA & Experiment-Like Tasks
Week 6: 13 - 17 February
|Monday||(none)||Adverse Event Analysis Project Oral Progress Reports|
|Wednesday||(none)||Cognitive Task Analysis Project Oral Progress Reports|
Week 7: 20 - 24 February
|Monday||Crandall et al Ch. 7||(Review of Concept Maps,) CTA Analysis & Representation|
|Wednesday||Kahneman Chs. 13-17||Availability & Emotion, Representativeness, Plausibility, Statistics, Regression To the Mean|
Week 8: 27 February - 3 March
|Monday||Kahneman Chs. 18-19
Crandall et al Ch. 10-11
|Tamed Intuition, Understanding?
CTA In Information Technology & System Development
|Wednesday||Kahneman Chs. 20-22||Validity? Intuition vs Algoritm, Expert Intuition|
Week 9: 6 - 10 March
|Monday||Kahneman Ch. 23-26||Inside/Outside, Optimism, Utility & Change, Prospect Theory|
|Wednesday||Kahneman Chs. 27-30||Endowments & Losses, Negativity, Patterns, Rarity,|
Week 10: 13 - 17 March
|Monday||Kahneman Chs. 35-38
(Chs. 31-34 optional)
|Experience, Stories, Well-Being, Life, and Everything|
Take-home final examination distributed
Finals Week: 20 - 24 March
|Wednesday||Completed take-home final examination due at 1200|
This section provides links to course resources, which will be published as they become available.
- Discussion Questions for
- Other Resources
Last update: 8 March 2017