ERIC Number: ED234330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Undergraduate Program in Human Factors: The Need, the Problems, and the Outlook.
Gardner, Daryle Jean
This article describes the development of an undergraduate psychology program in human factors engineering (the application of psychological principles to systems/technology development and usage). The need for such programs, as evidenced by the positive reactions of industry and academia to the program at Kearney State College, Kearney, Nebraska, is noted. Problems requiring consideration during the development and administration of the program are discussed, including: (1) recruiting science-oriented high school students; (2) filling the gap created by the lack of an engineering curriculum; (3) providing students with opportunities for application of skills; and (4) fostering awareness of human factors in agencies that could benefit from it. The employment prospects for undergraduates with degrees in this area are discussed, and it is suggested that human factors programs may provide an avenue to fulfilling careers for those psychology majors who do not expect to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level. A list of required and elective program courses is provided. (Author/WAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kearney State College NE
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Snowbird, UT, April 26-30, 1983).