Engineering and design

Human Factors & Design for Society

Module code: H7099
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module provides a foundation of principles for human-centred design that will be relevant throughout your degree programme. Initially, there's a focus on physical considerations, including a study of human limits for inclusive design.

Later, we consider people's behaviour and how design can help to address significant issues for society.We also consider contemporary adaptations that embrace social factors, including consumer behaviour and a services approach to design.

Finally, we adopt a global perspective and understand more about society in developing countries and how design can help to address concerns.

Topics will include:

  • introduction to human factors
  • ergonomics
  • anthropometrics
  • the senses
  • mock ups to evaluate ergonomic principles
  • designing a hand-held object (anthropometrics, anatomy and physiology of the hand)
  • consumer behaviour
  • inclusive design 
  • design for a sustainable society
  • cradle to cradle approaches
  • taking a systems approach to design
  • research methods for understanding lifestyle and context of use
  • global issues and design concerns.

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe the primary areas of Ergonomic study for Design
  • Apply the basic principles of anthropometrics and the 5th to 95th percentile rule to practical projects
  • Use a Cradle to Cradle approach for a chosen subject and arrive at conceptual solutions
  • Create a body of research that defines a users lifestyle within a social context