Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


This course provides undergraduate students in all areas of engineering with a solid understanding of human factors relevant in the design and engineering of complex systems for human use. Students learn how to design systems that increase productivity and that are safe to operate and robust to human error. They learn basics of empirical research in this space, including evaluation of systems and accident analysis. Application areas discussed in the course include automation, transportation, energy, manufacturing, networks, electronics, health, and information technology.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 20.04.2021 - 02.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Antti Oulasvirta

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Antti Oulasvirta

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course contents cover theories and models of human factors engineering and human performance.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Exam, assignments


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Wickens, C.D., Hollands, J.G., Banbury, S., and Parasuraman, R. Engineering Psychology and Human Performance (4th Edition)



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