Engineering Psychology 1 7.5 credits

Teknisk psykologi 1
First cycle, P0054A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
Established by the Department of Human Work Sciences 2008-12-04.

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Cognitive Psychology (P0025A), The domains of psychology and its biological foundation (P0026A), Developmental Psychology (P0034A), Socialpsychology: a psychological perspective (P0063A) or equivalent. Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After finishing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the relevance of cognitive theories for human-machine interaction
  • Identify cognitive problems in work contexts related to higher levels of automation
  • Describe methods for evaluation of interface solutions
  • Compare and describe different tasks in terms of mental workload

Attention, perception and interfaces. The concept of usability. Mental models. Information theory.  Decision making in man-machine systems. Stress and performance. Memory and skill acquisition. Psycholinguistics aspects of text and speech in interfaces. Human error. Problems of automation. Evaluation methods. Task analysis.

Lectures, tests and mini-experiments. Seminars where students are to apply cognitive concepts and theories in specific man-machine problems. The course is given in English.

Individual written exam 7.5 hp encompassing multiple-choice questions testing student´s ability to identify cognitive concepts in proper contexts and essay assignments testing ability to apply cognitive theories and models on specific man-machine problems.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Some parts of the course realization may be in English.

Peter Bengtsson

Literature. Valid from Spring 2020 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Wickens, C, et al. (2012). Engineering Psychology and Human Performance (4. ed). London: Psychology Press/Routledge.

Additional literature according to instructions.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examU G VG *7.50MandatoryS10

Study guidance
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