Management and Information Technology


IMIT 31033

Human Factors in Information Technology

Status :  Elective Pre-requisite :IMIT 21042 Co-requisite : None


On completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe concepts in ergonomics and human factors engineering
  • Illustrate the relevance of user characteristics to the process of systems analysis
  • Apply different ergonomic and human factors engineering techniques in computer and computer interface design.

A general model of computer users: physiological aspects, eye and vision, cognitive psychology, memory, learning, knowledge representation. Interface parameters: interaction devices, screen design, communication and dialogue design. Testing and evaluation: paradigms for systems design, user centered design, review of task analysis methods, review of evaluation purposes and methods. Organizational aspects: managing change.
Lectures, group discussions and group work, supervised hands on practical.
End-of- semester examination and continuous assessment.

  1. Jennifer Preece, Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp, “Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction”, 2002, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  2. Alan J. Dix, Janet E. Finlay, Gregory D. Abowd, Russell Beale, “Human-Computer Interaction”, 3rd Edition, 2004, Prentice Hall.
  3. Ben Shneiderman, “Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction”, 3rd Edition, 1998, Addison Wesley Higher Education.
  4. Jakob Nielsen, “Usability Engineering”, 1993, Academic Press