Human Factors and Ergonomics (H7099)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

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


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.