Ergonomic psychology

Study level: Graduate study programme in psychology
Lecturers: Željko Jerneić, Ph.D., Maja Parmač Kovačić, Ph.D.
Language: Croatian
Semester: 1st (winter)
Status: elective
Form of instruction with class hours: 45 hours of lectures, 45 hours of exercises. Experimental demonstrations, site observations, seminars and classroom discussion.
Prerequisites: none
Student evaluation: Student grades will be based on in-class activity assessments, project accomplishment, and final exam
comprising written and oral part.

Course description

Ergonomics as an interdisciplinary undertaking. Man-machine system: concept, planning and development. Human performance in systems: analysis of human capabilities and limitations. Designing of visual, auditory, and tactual displays. Designing of controls: coding, compatibility, resistance, C/D ratio. Designing of tools and related devices. Work methods and job design: physiological and motivational aspects. New information technology and work design. The working conditions: effects, evaluation, standards and guidelines. The living environment: ergonomics and ecology

Course objective

To provide students with an understanding of human factors problems at work and methods used in designing man-made products and environments so that they optimally serve intended use by human beings.

Required readings

Proctor, R. W. & Van Zandt, T. (2008). Human factors in simple and complex systems (2nd Ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press


Recommended readings

Bridger, R.S. (2008). Introduction to ergonomics (3th Ed.). Botsa Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Kroemer, A.H.E. i Grandjen, E. (1999). Prilagođavanje rada čovjeku – priručnik primijenjene ergonomije. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap.
Kroemer, K. H. E. (2009). Fitting the human: Introduction to ergonomics (6th Ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.