Integrating Human Performance and Systems Design

Under­stand how a work­er’s per­for­mance is a prod­uct of their inter­ac­tions with the work envi­ron­ment, the equip­ment, and the man­age­ment sys­tems with­in their orga­ni­za­tion. Learn about the eight ele­ments of the human fac­tors spec­trum and how these ele­ments can be applied in the work­place to pre­vent inci­dents and injuries. Gain an under­stand­ing of how errors and at-risk per­for­mance can be a result of exter­nal fac­tors such as equip­ment and work­place design, infor­ma­tion trans­fer, and work envi­ron­ment, as well as phys­i­o­log­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal, and risk tol­er­ance factors.
Course at a glance
  • Offered fully online learning - synchronous format.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Apply Human Performance centred design principles to build organizational capacity for improved safety and operational performance.
  • Assess workplace safety issues through the lens of human performance and provide solutions for their organization and clients.
  • Understand the importance of the human factor when designing, changing or improving workplace equipment, processes, and systems.
  • Understand how errors, mistakes, and lapses occur and how Human Performance principles can be applied to reduce the chances and the severity of these human traits.
  • Learn how to observe existing design to proactively identify and mitigate error prone situations and apply an approach that puts human needs and capability first.
  • Enable safety professionals, engineers, and decision makers to design and continuously improve facilities, equipment and work processes considering the end user perspective.
  • Provide a thorough understanding of the relationship between Facilities/Equipment, Systems/Processes and People to improve their interaction in the workplace.
  • Apply the principles of the Human Factors Influencing Factors Spectrum to the ‘messy’ real world, real workplaces and real workers.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Pre-and post-course activities may be required as part of this course. Pre-course instructions and materials will be available on eClass.
  • The online components of this course are facilitated through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Course not yet scheduled

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.

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