HFE Elective Course Descriptions
ENP 0109 - Medical Technology Development
Instructor: Michael Wiklund
Schedule: Tuesday 6:00-9:00 PM
Description: This course primarily serves the needs of students and professionals who already engaged in or wishing to move into the medical industry and focus on technology development. Students will gain a working knowledge of basic human anatomy, major medical conditions (i.e., the "great diseases"), and the related medical technologies and care delivery processes. This knowledge can be essential to the discovery of new product opportunities and matching technologies to both the clinicians' and patients' needs, suggesting that gaining it early and in a comprehensive manner would be advantageous. When working in industry, such knowledge can accumulate slowly over many years through occasional opportunities to visit clinical environments and observe medical procedures.
This course accelerates the process through classroom instruction, direct exposure to pertinent technologies, and technology assessment and design assignments.
A more detailed course overview can be found here.
ENP 0149-AS - Autonomous Systems
Instructor: James Intriligator, Hal Miller-Jacobs, Mary Stearns, JK Pollard
Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 10:30-11:45 AM
As technology advances in autonomous systems (e.g., self-driving cars) the role of human interaction will shift. No longer will the human be the sole control point of the system, but instead the human may simply initiate an automated operation, monitor the operation and only take control if necessary. This course will examine the evolving role of humans in automated systems, in particular, self-driving cars. It is an interdisciplinary course with students from human factors engineering (HFE), engineering psychology (EP), mechanical engineering (ME), psychology (psy), and computer science (CS) working together on the research. They will sharpen their skills in their respective disciplines, such as coding (for CS), experimental design (for psy), and product design (for ME).
This course is an intensive hands-on research course - similar to a “capstone course” or “individual supervised research project”. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to formulate a research question, design experiments that address the question, collect and analyze relevant data, present their results to the class, and submit a formal final report. It meets the broad Human Factors Engineering/Engineering Psychology objectives of integrating fundamental engineering, psychology, statistics and general science principles to solve problems in this complex socio-technical environment.
Student teams might conduct research in areas such as;
• How much of the technology will humans need to understand to effectively use the automated system?
• How transparent should the automated system be to enable humans to monitor the automated processes?
• What information should be provided to humans so as to allow them to participate in the decision making process of the automated system?
• What type of controls and displays might need to be provided to enable interaction by humans?
• How much confidence in the automated system should humans demand to allow the system to function autonomously?
• What alternative forms of system input/control might be designed (foot-controls? Hand-controls? Buttons/knobs/joysticks?)
ENP 0149-DPS - Designing Physical Solutions for People in Need
Instructor: Dan Hannon
Schedule: Wednesday 5:00-8:00 PM
Description: Well-designed engineering solutions that directly benefit a person’s life don’t happen by accident. Multiple disciplines must converge on the problem and iterate to find a satisfying solution. In this design and manufacturing course, you will participate in an end-to-end prototype development process in support of a person with a disability, providing them with innovative, technological solutions based on human-centered design principles. Students will work on multi-disciplinary teams and produce at a minimum a phase 1 prototype solution. Topics covered will include techniques for user needs elicitation, design ideation, workflow design, electro-mechanical system design and integration, materials selection, rapid prototyping, manufacturing concepts, and end-user testing. This course is intended for advanced (or graduate) students in human factors and mechanical engineering to fulfill a design requirement. It also may be of interest to graduate students in occupational therapy, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and graduate certificate programs as an elective course.
ENP-0165 - Industrial Design
Instructor: Eric Bogner
Schedule: Thursday 6:00-9:00 PM
Description: Industrial Design covers the design disciplines that can be seen in close connection with industrial production technology. A holistic problem-solving process, industrial design aims on the one hand to adapt consumer goods to the users’ needs, and on the other to meet the demands of market, corporate identity and economic manufacture for the business. Industrial Design Essentials will expose students to the core methodologies and processes used in Industrial Design (ID) with a focus on understanding how it can be applied to enhance design innovation. Through lectures, collaborative conversations, workshops and critiques teachings, we will emphasize how design brings value to human experiences and to the contemporary marketplace. In this course, students will be introduced to the history and current state of ID, the ID process, and specific ID design principles. They will learn what techniques are used to develop design solutions and communicate them to their clients, colleagues, and partners. Students will be treated as industrial design professionals, developing their competence and gaining the tools necessary to communicate design thinking verbally and visually. The teachings will emphasize how design brings value to human experiences and to the contemporary marketplace.
This course will serve as an introduction to industrial design through both its theory and its practice. The course will meet once per week in a single 3-hour session. One half of each class will feature a lecture presentation by the instructors or an inspirational guest speakers. The other half of each class will be a group working session intended to introduce Industrial Design methods, present case studies, review weekly assignments, and allow for critique with the instructor(s). Students will frequently be asked to work in teams of 2-4 people, therefore effective collaboration and team work will be necessary to fulfill the course requirements. The course’s assignments are meant to provide students with an opportunity to experience the primary aspects of the industrial design process first hand, engaging from the early stages of in-context qualitative research, through envisioning, to iteratively prototyping and testing new experiences. To excel in this course, students will need to demonstrate the curiosity, persistence, and craft necessary to engage in a human centered design approach.
A preliminary syllabus can be found here.