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Book : Human Factors in Systems Engineering (1996)

Human Factors in Systems Engineering

Publisher:John Wiley & Sons

Author(s):Chapanis, Alphonse

Published: 1996 • ISBN: 0471137820 • 352 pages • Delivery Format: Hard Copy - Hardback

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From the Publisher:

'Human Factors in Systems Engineering' shows how to integrate human factors into the design of tools, machines, and systems so that they match human abilities and limitations.

Unlike virtually all other books on human factors, which leave the implementation of general guidelines to engineers and designers with little or no human factors expertise, this unique book shows that the proper role of the human factors specialist is to translate general guidelines into project specific design requirements to which engineers can design.

Again, while other human factors books ignore the standards, specifications, requirements, and other work products that must be prepared by engineers, this book emphasises the methods used to generate the human factors inputs for engineering work products, and the points in the development process where these inputs are needed.

Content / Structure


1 Introduction

  • About This Book
  • A Historical Perspective
  • The Government's Role
  • Human Factors
  • Human Involvement with Machines and Systems
  • Some Human-Factors Postulates
  • Summary
  • References

2 Systems and Systems Engineering

  • Systems
  • Systems Life Cycle
  • The Systems-Engineering Process
  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Speaking Practically
  • Summary
  • References

3 Standards, Codes, Specifications, and Other Work Products

  • Standards and Codes
  • Guidelines
  • Human Engineering Program Plan (HEPP)
  • Systems-Engineering Work Products
  • Summary
  • References

4 Human-Factors Methods

  • Basic Versus Applied Research
  • Some Additional Preliminary Remarks
  • The Methods
  • Summary
  • References

5 Human Physical Characteristics

  • The Starting Point
  • Anthropometry: The Science of Human Dimensions
  • The Skeletal System
  • Skeletal Muscles
  • Other Machinery of the Body
  • Interactions With the Environment
  • Work, Rest, and Work-Rest Cycles
  • Summary
  • References

6 Human Mental Characteristics

  • The Human Subsystem
  • Attending
  • Sensing
  • Remembering
  • Decision-Making
  • Learning
  • Responding
  • Summary
  • References

7 Personnel Selection and Training

  • Relationships Between Systems Design, Selection, and Training
  • Mandatory Personnel Requirements
  • Reducing System Complexity
  • Human-Factors Contributions to Training Programs
  • Training Equipment
  • Summary
  • References

8 System Requirements

  • Specifying Human-System Requirements
  • Tradeoffs
  • Summary
  • References

9 Postscript

  • Documentation
  • What Makes a Successful Human-Factors Program?
  • The Final Word
  • References

Appendix A Acronyms and Abbrevations

Appendix B Some ANSI and International Standards


Copyright 1996 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


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