Human Factors Methods: A Practical Guide for Engineering and Design

Human Factors Methods: A Practical Guide for Engineering and Design

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By (author) Neville A. Stanton, By (author) Paul M. Salmon, By (author) Laura A. Rafferty, By (author) Guy H. Walker, By (author) Chris Baber, By (author) Daniel P. Jenkins

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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Paperback | 720 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 242mm x 42mm | 1,400g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 1409457540
  • ISBN 13: 9781409457541
  • Edition: 2, New edition
  • Edition statement: 2nd New edition
  • Illustrations note: Includes 242 b&w illustrations and 117 tables
  • Sales rank: 208,830

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This second edition of Human Factors Methods: A Practical Guide for Engineering and Design now presents 107 design and evaluation methods as well as numerous refinements to those that featured in the original. The book has been carefully designed to act as an ergonomics methods manual, aiding both students and practitioners. The eleven sections represent the different categories of ergonomics methods and techniques that can be used in the evaluation and design process. Offering a 'how-to' text on a substantial range of ergonomics methods that can be used in the design and evaluation of products and systems, it is a comprehensive point of reference for all these methods. An overview of the methods is presented in chapter one, with a methods matrix showing which can be used in conjunction. The following chapters detail the methods showing how to apply them in practice. Flowcharts, procedures and examples cover the requirements of a diverse audience and varied applications of the methods. The final chapter, a new addition, illustrates the EAST method, which integrates several well-known methods into a teamwork analysis approach.

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Professor Stanton holds a Chair in Human Factor Engineering at the University of Southampton. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed journal papers and 20 books on Human Factors and Ergonomics. In 1998, he was awarded the Institution of Electrical Engineers Divisional Premium Award for a co-authored paper on Engineering Psychology and System Safety. The Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors awarded him the Otto Edholm medal in 2001, The President's Medal in 2008 and the Sir Frederic Bartlett Medal in 2012 for his substantial and original contribution to basic and applied ergonomics research. In 2007, The Royal Aeronautical Society awarded him the Hodgson Medal and Bronze Award with colleagues for their work on flight deck safety. Professor Stanton is an editor of the journal Ergonomics and on the editorial boards of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science and the journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries. Professor Stanton consults for a wide variety of organisations on topics such as Human Factors, Safety Cases, Safety Culture, Risk Assessment, Human Error, Product Design, Warning Design, System Design and Operation. He has also acted as an expert witness in accidents. Professor Stanton is a Fellow and Chartered Occupational Psychologist registered with The British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of The Ergonomics Society. He has a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Psychology from the University of Hull, an MPhil in Applied Psychology and a PhD in Human Factors from Aston University in Birmingham.Paul Salmon is a Senior Research Fellow within the Human Factors Group at the Monash Injury Research Institute and holds an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) post doctoral training fellowship in the area of Public Health. Paul has over a decade of experience in applied Human Factors research in a number of domains, including the military, aviation, and road and rail transport and has co-authored 9 books, over 60 peer review journal articles, and numerous conference articles and book chapters. Along with his collaborators, Paul has received various accolades including the 2007 Royal Aeronautical Society Hodgson Prize for best research and paper and the 2008 UK Ergonomics Society's President's Medal for significant contribution to original research, methodology development, and application of knowledge in Ergonomics. Paul was also recently named as one of three finalists in the Scopus Australian young researcher of the year award.Laura Rafferty is a Research Fellow within the Transportation Research Group at the University of Southampton where she is employed by the HFI DTC working on projects including Naturalistic Decision Making in Teams, Contemporising the Combat Estimate and compiling a Human Factors Methods Database. Laura has been researching Human Factors since 2006 when she was employed as an undergraduate placement student for the Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre (HFI DTC) at Brunel University. Laura completed her undergraduate studies in 2007 graduating with a BSc in Psychology (Hons) from Brunel University. Laura began studying for her PhD in 2007 before moving to the University of Southampton in 2009 to take up the role of Research Fellow and continue studying part time. In July 2011 Laura was awarded a PhD in Human Factors from the University of Southampton. Guy Walker is a Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and his research focuses on human factors issues in infrastructure and transport. He is a recipient, with his colleagues, of the Ergonomics Society's President's Medal for original research. He is also author/co-author of nine books on diverse topics in human factors, including a major text on human factors methods, and is author/co-author of over fifty international peer-reviewed journals. Professor Chris Baber graduated with a BA(Hons) in Psychology / English

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'As the necessity to consider human factors in system design and operation continues to grow, practitioners require a simple source of reference. This revised version overview of human factors methods delivers just that. While not a solution in itself, it provides an up-to-date reference for people who already have some human factors knowledge.'Erik Hollnagel, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark'There are many designers and engineers who would like a gentle guide to ergonomics tools, and this book brings together in one place essential methods with validity checks. This new paradigm of introducing ergonomics through presentation of methods is very appealing and I foresee its wide use as a reference by project managers.' Richard H.Y. So, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR, China'The updated and revised version of the already highly successful handbook by Neville Stanton and his colleagues provides a valuable service to the effective application of human factors and ergonomics. As a methods cookbook, with over 100 step-by-step recipes, clear instructions, and even lots of pictures, it has a place on every practitioner's bookshelf.'Bob Hockey, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK'An indispensable resource written by internationally-known experts, this text is the tool that human factors engineers and designers must have to practice their profession. That it is equally vital for researchers and all serious students attests to the breadth and utility of the coverage - an instant classic.'Peter Hancock, University of Central Florida, USA 'All in all, the revised edition of this book serves up a range of dishes for the methods-hungry Human Factors community and delivers them in a very palatable manner, making them easy to digest. I can well imagine that just as my old copy of Delia Smith is still my 'go to' book in the kitchen, this will be my 'go to' book in the office and still sitting on my bookshelf in 20 years' time.' Ergonomics, Vol 57, Issue 11, 2014

Table of contents

Contents: Index of methods; Preface; Introduction to human factors methods; Data collection methods; Task analysis methods; Cognitive task analysis methods; Process charting methods; human error identification methods; Situation awareness assessment methods; Mental workload methods; Team assessment methods; Interface analysis methods; Design methods; Performance time prediction methods; Human factors methods integration: case study applications; References and bibliography; Index.