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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

3 points, SCA Band 1, 0.0625 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedNot offered in 2011


The unit covers the principles of the theories of the person/product interface (the behaviour of product users), the impact of human capabilities on the interface (with particular reference to safety), usability specification and testing, the ergonomics of entirely new products, the commercial and legal aspects of product ergonomics.


On successful completion of this unit, students will :

  1. understand the principles and application of the theories of the person / product interface;
  2. be capable of optimising the person/product interface in design;
  3. be able to develop ergonomic check lists for products.


Class test: 20%
Practical exercise (product evaluation): 50%
Practical exercise (ergonomic checklist): 30%

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial and 4 independent study hours per week