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University of Benghazi Faculty of Engineering

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department

Course Outlines

IE464 - Human Factors Engineering Fall 2016

Course credit: 12 units (3 lecture-hours + 2 lab-hours) - Corequisites: IE332, IE352, IE364.


Class time: Sun 13:30-15:30 and Wed 14:30-15:30.
Course instructor: Ahmad Altaboli.

Course Description and Objective

This course introduces students to the field of human factors and ergonomics. The main objectives of
the course include giving the students a broad overview of the interests of the field, and to give them the
basic knowledge and skills required to effectively evaluate and design products, jobs and systems to fit
human use.
Course topics cover key aspects of human factors and ergonomics; including design consideration of
humans’ limited physical and cognitive capabilities, and effects of social and organizational factors.

Course Topics

1. Course introduction
2. Engineering Anthropometry and Workspace Design
3. Biomechnics of Work
4. Work Physiology
5. Visual Sensory Systems
6. Auditory,Tactile, and Vestibular System
7. Cognition
8. Displays
9. Control
10. Stress and Workload
11. Safety and Accident Prevention
12. Social and Organizational Factors

Textbooks and reference books:

1. Wickens, C., Lee, J., Liu, Y., Gordon-Becker, S., An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering,
2nd Edition, 2004, Pearson Prentice Hall.
2. Bridger, R., Introduction to Ergonomics, 2003, Taylor & Francis.
3. Kroemer, K., Kroemer, H., Kroemer-Elbert, K., Engineering Physiology, Bases of Human
Factors/Ergonomics, 4th edition, 2010, Springer.

Midterm Exams:
Two midterm exams will be given in the class time. The 1st exam will be on Sun 28/8/2016 and the 2nd
exam on Sun 9/10/2016.

Final Exam:
See final exams time- table
Tentative Grade Determination:

The following approximate weights will be employed in grade determination:

Midterm Exams 50% (25% each)


Final Exam 40%
In class participation, Homework, assignments and quizzes 10%

Tentative Class Schedule

Related textbook
Week Date Topic chapters
1 2
1 Jul 2016 16 Course introduction 1 1

2 23 Engineering Anthropometry and Workspace Design 10 3, 4

3 30 Biomechnics of Work 11 2, 5, 6

4 Aug 2016 6 Work Physiology 12 7, 8

5 13 Visual Sensory Systems 4 10

6 20 Auditory,Tactile, and Vestibular System 5 11

7 27 First midterm exam on Wed 28/8/2016 -

8 Sep 2016 3 Cognition 6 12

9 10 No class - Eid holiday

10 17 Displays 8 13

11 24 Control 9 13

12 Oct 2016 1 Stress and Workload 13 7, 9

13 8 Second midterm exam on Wed 9/10/2016.

14 15 Safety and Accident Prevention 14 9, 15

15 23 Social and Organizational Factors 19 16