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Course overview

This course is designed to be undertaken by those who need to apply the knowledge of the role of human factors/ergonomics in the design, evaluation and use of interactive systems.

It will provide an understanding of the key issues related to the design, evaluation and use of user centred technologies and provide you with additional resources to facilitate the learning process.

The distance learning format means that most of the material and background reading can be undertaken in your own time but with access to and support from University staff.

The course consists of two, 30-credit modules, each studied over six months.

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Course content

The distance learning format means that most of the material and background reading can be undertaken in your own time but with access to and support from University staff.

The course consists of two, 30-credit modules, each studied over six months.

Modules

Human Factors in Interactive Systems 30 credits

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge of the role of human factors/ergonomics in the design, evaluation and use of interactive systems.

It introduces and develops relevant theories of human-computer interaction, user interface design and evaluation, the use of interactive systems, and a broad range of cognitive ergonomics topics.

This module covers the following topics:

  • introduction to HCI
  • computers in education
  • user interface design guidelines
  • evaluation of interactive systems
  • use needs methods and models
  • human factors of geographical information systems
  • human factors of visualisation technologies
  • joint cognitive systems
  • computers and collaboration
  • HCI case studies
  • human information processing including perception and cognition
  • memory and attention
  • mental models
  • human workload
  • situation awareness
  • automation
  • designs for the WWW and accessibility
  • human error
  • displays and controls
  • decision making and decision support
  • situated cognition; product design and development
Practical Ergonomics Investigation (full year) 30 credits

This module aims to enhance understanding in an area of relevance to the course and to develop skills applicable in a wide range of circumstances. The student is expected to develop skills in research, investigation, planning, scheduling, evaluation and written communication.

The aims of the individual project are broadly to enhance understanding in an area of relevance to the course, and to develop skills applicable in a wide range of circumstances.

The student is expected to develop skills in research, investigation, planning, scheduling, evaluation and written communication. The project may be undertaken on any topic which is relevant to ergonomics and human factors that is agreed by the Course Director.

Collaboration with business, industry, and other outside bodies is actively encouraged. This module is designed to be undertaken by employees in any organisation who can apply ergonomics in their work. The candidates will apply the material and ideas from previous ergonomics studies to a real ergonomics investigation of value to their organisation.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Tuesday 17 November 2020.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Seminars
  • Distance learning materials

The course is delivered by distance learning. Candidates will have defined email and telephone access to a tutor, and tutorial support online (typically via Microsoft Teams). Material from the tutorials will be available on Moodle.

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework

Assessment is through assessed coursework only

Contact time and study hours

Overall study time will be approximately 600 hours across the entire course (300 hours per module) inclusive of learning activities, self-study, coursework and project work carried out.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Undergraduate degree2:1 in a relevant subject

Applying

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply

Fees

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Home / UK £3,970
International £7,990

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, there are no additional costs for your budget, apart from your tuition fees and living expenses. Lab and safety equipment is provided for free by the Department.

You should be able to access books and papers through our libraries although you may wish to buy your own copies of key texts.

Funding

There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

The University also offers masters scholarships for international and EU students. Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about funding postgraduate study.

Postgraduate funding

Careers

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

Career progression

92.3% of postgraduates from the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000, with the highest being £32,000.

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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Related courses

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The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national grading system, introduced by the government in England. It assesses the quality of teaching at universities and how well they ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study.

This content was last updated on Tuesday 17 November 2020. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.