TS500813 - Human factors


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 6 hours A

Course content

Human capability

Cognitive property



Human - machine interactions

Human - machine interface

Usability lab testing

New research directions

The course is putting emphasis on human capability, behaviour and failure during participation in demanding operations, and is therefore focusing on a significant part of the theory presented in the course Integrated Operation I: Risk Management. It is recommended, but not mandatory, to take that course before this course.

Learning outcome

Learning outcome:
has advanced knowledge within the academic field of human factors & ergonomics and specialized insight into human factors issues in demanding marine operations.
Has thorough knowledge of the scholarly theories and methods in the field of human factors & ergonomics.
Has extensive knowledge about human capability with respect to fatigue, perception and cognitive processing.
Has extensive knowledge about ergonomics and their influence on human behaviour.
Has extensive knowledge about human - machine interaction and human - machine interface
Can apply knowledge to new areas within the academic field of human factors & ergonomics.
Can analyze academic problems on the basis of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society of the academic field of human factors & ergonomics.
Can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments within human factors & ergonomics.
Can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field of human factors & ergonomics and work independently on practical and theoretical problems.
Can use relevant methods for research and scholarly development work in an independent matter.
Can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics.
Can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems.
Has the ability to apply the knowledge dealing with practical and theoretical problems.
Can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects.
Can communicate extensive independent and terminology of the academic field of human factors & ergonomics.
Can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field of human factors & ergonomics, both with specialists and the general public.
Can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes within human factors & ergonomics.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods and activities:

Lectures, individual and group exercises (some to be presented in class), and simulations (table-top and in the Human Factors Lab) to ensure a thorough understanding of how the theory can be applied in realistic situations. 

Mandatory assignment:

Each group is required to present 1 - 2 group exercises. Students are expected to be present minimum 80% of the time meant for group exercises in the human factors laboratory.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment

Further on evaluation

6 hours written individual exam

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Management of Demanding Marine Operations (830MDO)

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Organization and Leadership
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 A

Release 2020-12-03

Submission 2020-12-03

Release 09:00

Submission 15:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 100/100 A 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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