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Jürgen Held: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2016

Name Prof. Dr. Jürgen Held
(Professor Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd)
FieldEngineering Sciences
Hochschule für Gestaltung
Rektor-Klaus-Str. 100
73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd
Telephone+49 7171 602 663
Fax+49 7171 692 59
DepartmentManagement, Technology, and Economics

151-3205-00LExperimental Ergonomics Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 15.
4 credits2V + 2AJ. Held
AbstractYou will learn how to apply the scientific discipline of ergonomics for system analysis and product development "in order to optimise human well-being and overall system performance" ( The course offers the framework of models, concepts, methods and tools of applied ergonomics. Teaching is combined with learning-by-doing and research-based learning.
ObjectiveKnowledge of:
- Principles and rules of applied ergonomic system and product design.
- Methods and tools of ergonomic analysis and evaluation.
Practical experiences and hands-on skills in:
- Conducting a study in system and task analysis.
- Analysing human-product interactions.
- Applying ergonomic knowledge for product and system improvements.
Content- Definition and role of applied ergonomics in engineering and design.
- Framework of ergonomic analysis and design.
- Design principles and rules.
- Methods and tools for system and task analysis.
Hands-on experience in team work:
- Experimental study of human-product interaction and usability through eye-tracking
- Field study of system and task analysis, including on-site visits of complex work stations (Hospital OR/ICU or Air traffic/Railway Control Rooms).
Lecture notesHandout at the start of the course.
LiteratureAhlstrom, V. and Longo, V. (2003). Human Factors Design Standard (HFDS).
Wiklund M.E., Wilcox, S.B. (2005). Designing Usability into Medical Products. Taylor & Francis.
Rubin, J. and Chisnell, D. (2008). Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design and Conduct Effective Tests. Wiley.
Hölscher, U., Laurig, W. & Müller-Arnecke, H.W. (2008). Prinziplösungen zur ergonomischen Gestaltung von Medizingeräten. BAUA Forschung Projekt F1902.
Niku, S.B. (2009). Creative Design of Products and Systems (Chapter 8). Wiley.
Prerequisites / NoticeMax. number of participants is 15.
Experiments and field studies in teams of 2-3 students are obligatory.