Cognitive Engineering

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cognitive Engineering

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 and PSYC 212

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The study of factors that affect decision making and cognition in naturalistic task settings.

    Cognitive engineering is a recently developed field of study concerned with human performance in technological settings. These include transportation (road, rail, air and sea), manufacturing and healthcare. The paper provides an introduction to the topic and preparation for further study in the area.

    Course Structure
    The emphasis is on the characteristics of human cognition in real-world settings for individuals, teams or individuals teamed with intelligent systems. The paper will begin with the analysis of human error from both a practical and theoretical perspective. Other topics will include display design, automation, workload measurement, attention, skill acquisition and expertise and applications of decision making.

    Internal Assessment: Internal assessment is 50% of the final grade in this course, consisting of one written assignment (35%) and one class test (15%). The written assignment includes three exercises designed to promote individual research and considered reflection on key aspects of the course. The class test is a short test consisting of multiple-choice and short-answer questions.

    Terms: A student who completes fewer than 50% of the assignments in a course will not meet terms and may not sit the final examination in that course.

    Learning Outcomes
    -Develop knowledge of theories of human error and systemic failure and apply these to real-world incidents and accidents
    -Develop knowledge of human attention and apply this to problems of display design, automation and workload
    -Develop knowledge of theories of decision making and apply these to medicine and healthcare
    -Demonstrate critical thinking about accident causation and errors in human performance

    Text books are not required for this course.

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