Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stephen Jia Wang


This unit covers a holistic perspective of human factors in the field of interaction design. Students will investigate distinctive perspectives of human factors and review examples of how such factors affect users' behaviour and design solutions. By examining physical, cognitive, cultural and social factors related to the target user groups, students will critically analyse the design motives, methods, processes and results.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Engage with fundamental concepts, theories and principles related to human factors, exploring the interaction relationships between user, artefacts and information.
  2. Critically reflect on the historical and socio-cultural context of a range of works through a behaviour-oriented interaction design perspective.
  3. Use cognitive, technical and communication skills to apply human factors analysis methodologies to a range of design solutions.
  4. Communicate findings from human factor discovery/analysis to discuss the contextual impact of tangible and intangible human factors in interaction design.
  5. Examine physical, cognitive, cultural and social factors of target user groups to critically analyse the design motives, methods, processes and results of a design solution.
  6. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

4 contact hours plus 8 hours of private study hours per week

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