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BMI 5303 Methods in Human Factors Engineering

web-based and classroom instruction
2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion
3 semester credit hours/meets part of basic informatics competencies
Prerequisites: BMI 5302 completion of or concurrent enrollment is required.

This course will introduce students to key methods employed in biomedical informatics and human factors research. Students will have the opportunity to explore and learn about differing techniques, methods and design considerations. Students will conduct different types of data collection, analysis, and interpretation using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Ethnography, task analysis, questionnaires/surveys, log analysis, and gaze behavior are some of the topics covered. Through user experience projects, as well as critical evaluation of existing work, students will gain insight into the strengths and limitations of each approach.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will:

  • Identify the methods and frameworks underlying human factors methods including quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  • Differentiate between methods and formulate protocols for design and evaluation of systems.
  • Implement selected methods including the analysis and interpretation of results.
  • Construct a portfolio of their efforts and present their findings.