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16.400 Human Systems Engineering

Prereq: 6.041B, 16.09, or permission of instructor
U (Fall)
12 Units

Provides a fundamental understanding of human factors that must be taken into account in the design and engineering of complex aviation, space, and medical systems. Focuses primarily on derivation of human engineering design criteria from sensory, motor, and cognitive sources. Includes principles of displays, controls and ergonomics, manual control, the nature of human error, basic experimental design, and human-computer interaction in supervisory control settings. Students taking graduate version complete a research project with a final written report and oral presentation.

L. A. Stirling

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Subject meets with 16.453[J], HST.518[J]