Cognitive Ergonomics for Designers

In short

Course code ID 5331
Education period 1
Coordinator Dr. R. van Egmond


A lecture and a discussion hour on Friday (13:45-15:45)

Requirements to pass
A written report, including the series of experiments, and the argumentation for and evaluation of the designed complex system, in groups of 2-3 students


You will learn about the mental processes in cognitive ergonomics, such as perception, memory, reasoning and motor response and about how those processes affect interactions among humans and other elements of a system. The goal of this course is to apply the acquired knowledge in evaluating existing systems, and implementing this knowledge in user interface design. More specifically, the focus is on harmonising the design of complex systems with multiple users and devices, as opposed to a single user operating one device.

Two cases of complex systems will be used throughout the course: 1) the cockpit of a police car, with multiple interfaces and related information sources, and 2) intensive care units, featuring multiple beds surrounded by equipment. Topics include mental workload, decision-making, skilled performance, human-computer interaction, human reliability, work stress and training.