OCHS12019 - Human Factors

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the discipline of human factors and how a knowledge of human strengths and limitations, both cognitive and physical, can lead to better safety outcomes. This unit addresses end-user design issues and human variability in occupational contexts. You will explore human factors principles and learn to assess human interaction concerns using a variety of human factors methods. You will also develop skills to make human factors design recommendations to enhance human performance.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite study of 24 credit points.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Group Work 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55.56% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Teacher reflection and Student Unit Evaluation comments (Have Your Say)
Feedback
Students really enjoyed the practical nature of the assessment items that are authentic to the discipline and on occasion improve the user experience and conditions in the community or workplace.
Recommendation
Continue to offer authentic learning experiences for students. Consider moving this 'blended' model of enrolment to 'distance only' to increase student interaction opportunities during the weekly class sessions that focus on practical work.
Action Taken
Authentic learning experiences continued and the distance only model was adopted to allow all students to participate in practical exercises via zoom.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation comments (Have Your Say)
Feedback
Students requested earlier framing of assessment requirements for the Team Proposal Document.
Recommendation
Provide more detailed information about the proposal document in week 8, when teams begin to populate their proposals.
Action Taken
Information on the final proposal was made available to students from the beginning of term and emphasised again in week 8 as teams began working together.
Source: Teacher reflection
Feedback
Teamwork has become a positive experience for most students due to the attention on teamwork in this Unit.
Recommendation
Continue to focus on teamwork skills in this unit. This is an appropriate unit to address teamwork, as human-to-human interactions is a human factors area of interest.
Action Taken
Teamwork was once again emphasised in this unit. The rise in online communication due to COVID-19 helped to facilitate teamwork at distance.
Source: Student Unit & Teaching Evaluation survey
Feedback
Students appreciate the structure of this unit where lectures are pre-recorded and practical skills are developed in online tutorials.
Recommendation
Continue to structure this unit in the same way.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit & Teaching Evaluation survey
Feedback
Students find the authentic assessments interesting and easy to transfer to work situations.
Recommendation
Continue to provide authentic and practical assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of the discipline of human factors including physical, cognitive and organisational ergonomics in a variety of contexts
  2. Analyse work systems and equipment design in accordance with user needs, capabilities and limitations
  3. Demonstrate the use of human factors assessment tools for addressing human interaction problems within various occupational contexts
  4. Develop teamwork and project management skills through the application of human factors assessment and problem solving.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Group Work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Group Work