HMI 606. Cognitive systems engineering and automation


Lena Sundling, HFA/IKP, LiTH 581 83 Linköping, Sweden.
Phone +46 - 13 - 285834, Fax +46 - 13 - 282579

Responsible department is IKP at LiTH (IAV, avdelning för industriell arbetsvetenskap)



Fall 2004.


Important dates, times, and places

18-22 Oct. 2004 09:00-17:00 Lectures, Campus Valla
(see for map and directions)

8 Nov. 2004 09:00 Homework/assignment 1 due
22 Nov. 2004 09:00 Homework/assignment 2 due
6 Dec. 2004 09:00 Homework/assignment 3 due

Please observe that the above mentioned homework/assignment dates are preliminary.

Prerequisites Qualified for the Master of Human Factors Programme or at the discretion of the Examinator.

Aims of the course & Learning objectives



Literature Vicente, K (1999). Cognitive work analysis: Toward safe, productive and healthy computer-based work.
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.
ISBN 0 8058 2396 4 (Hardback)
ISBN 0 8058 2397 2 (Paperback)

Billings, C. E. (1996). Aviation automation: The search for a human-centered approach.
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.
ISBN 0 8058 2126 0 (Hardback)
ISBN 0 8058 2127 9 (Paperback)

Norman, D. A. (2002). The Design of Everyday Things.
New York, NY: Basic Books.
ISBN 0 4650 6710 7 (Paperback)


Homeworks will be graded Pass/Fail. Class participation will be used as mitigating factor in cases of doubtful homework quality.

Homeworks that are handed in after the due date will not receive feedback, depriving the student of a valuable learning opportunity.

Criteria for judging student performance include comprehension of the literature, coherence of students' understanding of the positions in the literature, as well as students' own ability to apply and extend the ideas in the literature, and argue such applications or extensions in written as well as oral form.

Modes of studying

Success in the Masters Program can come through dedicated initiative and self-study on part of the student. Studying the literature before the class week is a good idea. Not studying the literature well at any time during the course is a recipe for failed homeworks, falling behind, and a lack of preparation for the next course.
The modes of studying include class-room based lectures, discussions and assignments (during one week). Attendance to class is required for course credit, with only rare exceptions allowed. The class week is followed by a period of home-study (where homeworks will be due at regular intervals), some distance supervision and on-line discussions.