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Human Interface

Code 15420
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(15H)/S(15H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Design Industrial
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery presential
Work placements not applicable
Learning outcomes 1. Problematize the physical, cognitive and emotional dimensions of human-­machine , human­-product and man­-environment interfaces.
2. Train for technical transfer of subjective requirements into technical properties, to support the design of products qualified for the relationship with human beings.
Syllabus 1. The Vitruvian man and the procrustean approach to design.
2. Definitions of ergonomics.
3. Analysis of the case of the Bhopal disaster ­ macroergonomics.
4. Introduction to anthropometry.
5. Mean and standard deviation. Percentiles ­ calculation and application.
6. Definitions of comfort and discomfort. Scales and evaluation measures.
7. Theoretical framework of the four pleasures. Applications to the product.
8. The conditions for thermal comfort and local thermal discomfort.
9. Concept of human interface, boundary between human and machine.
10. Recommendations for the readability of text.
11. Approach to user­ centered design.
12. Evaluation of Product Personalities.
13. The prototyping of experiences.
14. Derivation of ergonomic requirements.
15. Light and color. Noise. Influence on mood and health damage.
16. Ergonomic work analysis ­ applicable methods (RULA, NIOSH lifting equation, CoPsoQ, DASH) .
Main Bibliography - Pheasant, S. (1996). Bodyspace: anthropometry, ergonomics and the design ofhuman work. London: Taylor& Francis.
- Grandjean, E. (1998). Fitting the Task to the Man: A Textbook of Occupational Ergonomics. London: Taylor& Francis.
- Ameli,M., (2001). “Product development approach”. International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Taylor & Francis, 951-953.
- Buti,L., (2001). “Ergonomic product design”. International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Taylor & Francis, 906-910.
- Cushman,W.H. and Rosenberg,D.J., (1991). “Human Factors in Product Design”. Elsevier.
- Green,W.S. and Jordan,P.W., (1999). “Human Factors in Product Design”. Taylor & Francis.
- Salvendy, G. (editor) (1997). Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2ndedition. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Dul, J. & Weerdmeester, B. (2001). Ergonomics for Beginners - a quickreference guide, 2nd edition, London and New York: Taylor & Francis.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-17

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