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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.M5
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: BANKS AP Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

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Module Overview
Module Aims

To provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in accordance with three of the eight Level 1 British Psychological Society competencies which are prerequisite for Chartered Status. Specifically the competencies addressed are: 'Human Machine Interaction' (Section 1 of the BPS criteria) and ‘Design of Environments and Work: Health and Safety’ (Section 2 of the BPS criteria). 

1. Equip students with the conceptual and methodological skills required to understand and manage the psychological factors that affect the safe and effective performance of tasks using equipment.

2. Equip the students with conceptual and methodological skills required to understand and manage the psychological factors involved in the design of complete work environments and of work procedures.

3. Provide students with basic intervention skills in job and organisational design.

4. Alert students to ethical issues in the conducting of, and commentary on, research.

Learning Outcomes
Module Content

Week 1:   Overview and introduction to ergonomics and human factors

Week 2:   User Centred Design

Week 3:   Human Machine Interaction I

Week 4:   Human Machine Interaction II

Week 5:   Web usability

Week 6:   Human error

Week 7:   Job design I
Week 8:   Job design II
Week 9:   Job design III

Week 10: Occupational health and safety

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures and assignment (project work).

Selected Texts/Journals

Kroemer, K.H.E. & Grandjean, E (1997). Fitting the task to the human: A textbook of occupational ergonomics.  Taylor & Frances. 
Parker, S., & Wall. T.R. (1998). Job and Work Design. London :  Sage Publications Inc. 
Wickens, C D & Hollands , J. (2000).  Engineering psychology & human performance.  Prentice Hall: NJ. 
Wilson, J.R., & Corlett, N. (1995). Evaluation of human work: a practical ergonomics methodology. London : Taylor & Francis.   

Last Updated
15th August 2006