Module code: PSYM029

Module Overview

The aim of the module is to introduce theory and methods that can be applied to improve the design of technology, work and the workplace. The modules is built around two assignments. In the first, students are given a simple work environment or product and use ergonomic methods to gather and analyse data to inform recommendations. This is presented as a group. In the second assignment, students select a work environment or product themselves and conduct a more thorough ergonomic analysis, drawing draw upon relevant theory and evidence to inform recommendations presented as a usability report.

Module provider


Module Leader

BANKS Adrian (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: C800

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • The psychology of people and technology: human factors and ergonomics

  • Workplace safety and error prevention

  • Usability & user trials


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework USABILITY REPORT (2500 WORDS) 75

Alternative Assessment

Individuals to record presentation at an appropriate time.

Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

1. Group presentation

This assignment has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn methods relevant to ergonomics and human factors.

LO 1 & 2

2. Usability report (2500 words excluding figures, tables and reference section).

This assignment has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and application of theory and methods relevant to ergonomics and human factors and their skill in developing recommendations based on their diagnosis.

LO 1 & 2

Deadline: week 12

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will also be provided through the group exercises which involve analysis and generating recommendations in different aspects of work design.

Module aims

  • Provide students with theory and research to evaluate and develop technology, work and workspaces
  • Provide students with practice in applying methods from human factors to gather data about technology, work and workspaces

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Analyse products and work environments using theories, models and methods of work design, ergonomics and human factors
2 Make recommendations for a redesign to improve the productivity, health and well being of the employees and users

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Seminar Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • enable students to develop as scientist-practitioners. That is, to apply psychological theory, evidence and methods to solve organisational problems.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 2 hour seminar x 11 weeks. This will involve a combination of lecturing and group exercises.

  • 128 hours independent study. This will involve a combination of reading, and data collection and analysis for the assignments.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.