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Human Factors for Safety - COM00023M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Katrina Attwood
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This course focuses on the provision of Human Factors support to safety related system design / engineering projects. It provides a foundational introduction to key Human Factors topic areas and the opportunity to apply key Human Factors techniques related to human error identification / human reliability analysis, with an eye on the strengths and limitations of each.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

This course introduces you to human factors concepts and techniques that can be used to support the design and evaluation of complex interactive systems, with a particular emphasis on safety critical systems. These techniques include work analysis (including task analysis and scenario analysis), human error assessment, design and evaluation of interactive systems and human reliability assessment.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will have an understanding of:

  • usability its relation to error;
  • user requirements elicitation and analysis;
  • work representation – hierarchical task analysis;
  • principles of design and prototyping;
  • evaluation of interactive systems;
  • errors and principles relating to human reliability;
  • human reliability analysis;
  • human error analysis.


Task Length % of module mark
Open Assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Open Assessment
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback provided via assessment.

Indicative reading

Hollnagel, E Human reliability analysis: context and control Academic Press 1993
Hollnagel, E Cognitive Reliability and Error Analysis Method Elsevier Science Ltd 1998
Kirwan B. and Ainsworth L.K. A guide to task analysis Taylor and Francis 1992
Kirwan B A guide to practical human reliability assessment Taylor and Francis 1992
Norman D The design of everyday things Basic Books 1988
Perrow C Normal accidents: living with high risk technologies Basic Books 1994
Preece, J., Rogers, Y. and Sharp, H Interaction design: beyond human-computer interaction John Wiley and Sons 2002
Reason J.T. Human Error Cambridge University Press 1990
Vicente, K.J. Cognitive Work Analysis Lawrence Erlbaum Associates 1999
Villemeur A. Reliability, availability, maintainability and safety assessment vol. 2 Wiley 1992
Baddeley, A.D Your memory: a user's guide Penguin 1982
Newman W.M. & Lamming M.G. Interactive system design Addison-Wesley 1995
Reason, J. Managing the risks or organizational accidents Ashgate Publishing Ltd 1997

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