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BMI 5354 Cognitive Engineering in Biomedical Informatics

3 semester credit hours/meets part of research informatics competencies
Lecture contact hours: 2; Lab contact hours: 3
Web-based and classroom instruction
Prerequisite: BMI 5302 or consent of instructor
Lab Fee: $30

This course focuses on cognitive engineering techniques for designing user-centered health information systems. Such systems provide appropriate functionality to the user, are easy to use and learn, reduce the chance of user error, and increase user efficiency. The course emphasizes how human cognitive abilities and limitations impose requirements on the design of effective interfaces. It covers the theory and practical application of several cognitive engineering techniques, including cognitive task analysis, verbal protocol analysis, propositional analysis and cognitive walkthroughs.

Upon successfully completing this course, students will:

  • Describe the major theories of human psychology of perception, cognition and action.
  • Analyze needs for cognitively informed design in health care.
  • Demonstrate techniques for evaluating human cognition.