ENG 3305 - Human Factors for Decision Making
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code ENG 3305 Course Human Factors for Decision Making Coordinating Unit Technology Education Centre Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description This course offers an introduction to how human limitations and capabilities affect the design of objects and systems. Starting with fundamental aspects of Human Factors such as ergonomics and human perception and extending into considerations of how limitations and variability in human cognitive abilities affect decisions regarding the design of systems and processes relating to such areas as personnel selection, occupational safety, and human-computer interactions. This course is a core for students completing a major in defence systems as part of their Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) program as well as students enrolled in the Bachelor of Technology (Defence Industries) program.
Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Welsh
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Identify factors that can impact on the behaviour of individuals in the workplace and apply these factors to structure tasks and work environments to enhance both organisational and individual outcomes.
2. Explain how a wide range of abilities and limitations affect human task performance and impact on the design of objects, systems and processes.
3. Compare and contrast decision making theories and practices from human factors and rational standpoints.
4. Identify and apply appropriate theories and models of human factors and human performance within a task analysis process.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will run in a ‘flipped classroom’ model, where readings, online lectures and other videos covering core topics are made available for students to access in advance of in-person classes. Classes will take the form of a 2-hour workshop each week, combining tutorial-style discussions of materials and practical exercises designed to highlight key examples relating to the week’s topic.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Pre-class readings, videos, etc: 4 hours each week for 12 weeks (48 hours)
Weekly workshops: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks (24 hours)
Major Assignment - including video presentation, peer review and written report: (60 hours)
Self-directed study: (20 hours)
Learning Activities SummaryA list of the weekly topics will be made available at the beginning of semester and online lectures and readings will be made available on a weekly basis to allow preparation prior to workshops. Fortnightly quizzes will be used to test learning and the major assignment (a task analysis) will be introduced in week three to allow students to work on this across the semester.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryAssessment for this course will include:
6 Online Quizzes.
Held fortnightly (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12).
A task analysis to be worked on across the semester, with deliverables being:1. A video presentation (week 5).2. A peer review process (week 8).3. A written report (week 11).
Online Quizzes (x6)
Formative & Summative
2,4,6,8,10 & 12
1. 2. 3.
Formative & Summative
5,8 & 11
1. 2. 3. 4.
Assessment DetailOnline Quizzes (6 x 10% each)
These will occur at the end of every second week of semester, covering material from any of the preceding weeks (i.e., the first will
cover weeks 1-2, the second primarily 3-4 but may include material from weeks 1 or 2 as well, and so on).
Quizzes will be multiple choice and or short answer and results will be available the following week.
Major Assignment (40%)
Student will undertake a task analysis of a self-selected task (based on a set of examples) – creating step-by-step instructions for that task and then testing whether another person can follow those instructions without any further input.
This will run across the semester, with discussion of what a task analysis is and how they are used covered in early weeks and feedback on their ideas offered during workshops. Students will: film a short video presentation to explain their task analysis, provide peer review of selected, other students' videos, and write a 1500 word research report explaining their activities in detail.
SubmissionOnline quizzes will be run through MyUni during specified windows within the indicated weeks.
The components of the Major Assignment will be due in weeks 5 (video), 8 (peer review) and 11 (written report) of semester and will all be submitted via MyUni.
Extensions for Assessment Tasks
Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Co-ordinator before the assessment task is due.
Penalty for Late Submission of Assessment Tasks
Late submissions will be penalised at a rate of 10% per day, unless you have applied for and received an extension as described above.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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