Human Factors in Computing
The course informs students about possible health hazards of a modern workplace and explains how to reduce these hazards. By getting acquainted with fundamental principles of human factors (ergonomics) in computing systems, students are encouraged to design and improve their own workplace or give advice to others to design workplace according to ergonomic principles. The course gives fundamental knowledge about the development of usable user interfaces for desktop, web and mobile applications.
- identify the importance of standards and relevant legal provisions related to ergonomics
- explain the basic principles of user interface development
- distinguish ergonomics-related factors related to computer workstations
- modify user interfaces in order to increase usability of software products
- analyze possible health risks with computer workstations
- define software requirements related to the user interfaces accessibility
- evaluate ergonomic quality of workplace in computer environment
- identify assistive technology for access to computers
Forms of Teaching
Direct lectures of 2 hours in length are held once a week.Exams
Continuous examination is performed in the form of 10-minute exams on selected lectures.Laboratory Work
Laboratory exercises are performed at home as part of homework.Consultations
According to arrangement with the lecturer, with announcement via e-mail.
|Type||Threshold||Percent of Grade||Threshold||Percent of Grade|
|Homeworks||40 %||20 %||40 %||20 %|
|Quizzes||0 %||30 %||0 %||30 %|
|Mid Term Exam: Written||0 %||20 %||0 %|
|Final Exam: Written||33 %||30 %|
|Exam: Written||50 %||50 %|
Week by Week Schedule
- Ergonomics and human factors as a scientific discipline. Introduction to human factors. Human factors in computing.
- Fundamentals of ergonomics: antropometry, work physiology and sociology, organisation. Aesthetics and ergonomics. System Human-Machine.
- Standardization and standards in ergonomics. Legislation in the world and in Croatia.
- Hardware ergonomics: monitor, computer, peripherals: keyboard, mouse.
- Health hazards on a computerised workplace. Practical exercises for relaxation, stretching and rest for eyes.
- Ergonomics of computerised workplace: room microclimate, noise.
- Ergonomics of computerised workplace: interior arrangements, furniture, workplace illumination. Examples of properly arranged computerised workplaces.
- Mid-term exam.
- Software ergonomics. Fundamentals of user interface design. Window management.
- Fundamentals of human-computer interaction. Basics of user interface programming. Tools for user interface programming.
- Haptic interfaces. Video games, PCs, touch sensitive screens. Virtual reality. History, application, design and research.
- Adaptation of hardware to handicapped persons. Accessibility standards.
- Software product quality models. Measurements and metrics. Usability models. Quality standards.
- Usability on World Wide Web. Usability evaluation methods.
- Final exam.