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Human Factors Classes

Paul Green Teaches

At The University of Michigan

Paul Green teaches 2 human factors/ergonomics courses for students at the University of Michigan and a Human Factors Engineering Short Course intended for industry professionals. In addition to the courses listed below, he has also developed and taught specialized short courses for several companies and professional organizations.
1. Human Factors Engineering Short Course (Co-leader with Dr. Christopher Wickens)

This course is the flagship continuing education course in the human factors profession, having been offered since 1961. The course is offered through the University of Michigan's Center for Professional Development (also known as Michigan Interdisciplinary and Professional Engineering), and is intended for practitioners and researchers in government and industry, both new to the profession and those with considerable professional accomplishments.

This course has always been offered during the last week in July and first week in August. It is extremely intensive, running from 8:30 until 6 most days with some evening sessions and a half day on Saturday of the first week. The course provides both a broad overview of the topic (week 1) and covers information systems in depth (week 2). It has a stellar cast of lecturers and provides students with hands on use of the primary software tools in human factors/ergonomics. The course can be taken 1 week at a time. Enrollment is 40-60 students. More information on the course is available at the following URL: Human Factors Engineering Short Course. URL:

2. Human Factors in Computer Systems (Industrial and Operations Engineering 436)
This 3-credit course is offered during the winter semester only. Enrollment is 35-50 students. The purpose of the course is to teach students how to design and evaluate computer systems to make them easy to use. The focus of the course is on input devices, displays, human factors methods, GOMS analyses, rapid prototyping and iterative design, speech interfaces, and web site design. There are generally 8 major assignments and no tests. There is no course text or course pack, but many readings on the Ctools site. For more information contact the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering.

3. Automotive Human Factors (Industrial and Operations Engineering 437)

This 3-credit course is offered during the fall semester only. Enrollment is 20-30 students. This course is concerned with how to design motor vehicles to make them safe and easy to use, and is intended to prepare students to work for auto industry manufacturers and suppliers. Topics covered include human factors design standards and guidelines, driver demographics, road design and traffic, crash statistics, crash investigation and reconstruction, crash injuries and biomechanics, how to conduct driving studies, driver interface design, vehicle dynamics, driver assistance systems, road roughness and ride quality, occupant packaging and driver anthropometry, and driver vision. About ¼ of the lecturers are given by researcher from UMTRI and elsewhere. There are generally 8 major assignments and no tests. There is no course text or course pack, but many readings on the Ctools site. For more information contact the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering.
Other human factors/ergonomics courses taught at the University of Michigan within Industrial and Operations (IOE) follow. Such IOE courses have 3 as their middle digit. For descriptions, see
IOE 333. Ergonomics
IOE 334. Ergonomics Lab
IOE 432. Industrial Engineering Instrumentation Methods
IOE 434. Human Error and Complex System Failures
IOE 438. Occupational Safety Management
IOE 439. Advanced Topics in Safety Management
IOE 533 (MFG 535). Human Motor Behavior and Engineering Systems
IOE 534 (BIOMEDE 534) (MFG 534). Occupational Biomechanics
IOE 536. Cognitive Ergonomics
IOE 593. Ergonomics Professional Project
IOE 635 (BIOMEDE 635). Laboratory in Biomechanics and Physiology of Work
IOE 636. Laboratory in Human Performance
IOE 836. Seminar in Human Performance
IOE 837. Seminar in Occupational Health and Safety Engineering