Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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3 points, SCA Band 1, 0.0625 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedNot offered in 2015


The unit covers the principles of the theories of the person/product interface (the behaviour of product users), the impact of human capabilities on the interface (with particular reference to safety), usability specification and testing, the ergonomics of entirely new products, the commercial and legal aspects of product ergonomics.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. understand the principles and application of the theories of the person / product interface
  2. be capable of optimising the person/product interface in design
  3. be able to develop ergonomic check lists for products.


Class test: 20%
Practical exercise (product evaluation): 50%
Practical exercise (ergonomic checklist): 30%

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial and 4 independent study hours per week

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