Today’s rapid technological progression demands an in-depth understanding of how systems and people operate together, with an emphasis on minimizing human error in order to improve operational efficiency, effectiveness and safety. Embry-Riddle’s Human Factors graduate and post-graduate programs prepare its students to ensure that human-centered concerns, both psychological and physiological, are given due consideration during the design and development processes of systems, products, and work environments.
Students will combine learned psychological principles and engineering fundamentals to maximize interaction of humans with machines, as well as human performance issues. Graduates emerge from the program ready for a career in research, analysis, or design.
The Master of Science in Human Factors offers a distinct focus on the aviation / aerospace industry.
The science of Human Factors is driving the growth of industries that depend on how humans interact with technology. The Master of Science in Human Factors degree at Embry-Riddle is designed for post-bachelor students who want to advance their learning in the principles of human factors and experimental psychology, including statistical and quantitative procedures, experimental design, and survey methods. The program is designed to prepare graduates for doctoral-level studies while at the same time getting them ready for employment in real-world aviation/aerospace environments. Research, consulting, and internship arrangements are included in the program.
The Master of Science in Human Factors degree is housed in the Department of Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Master’s program has two distinct tracks, allowing students to choose to study either the techniques of human factors research, or a systematic approach to designing machines, tasks, systems, and workplaces.
Depending on the track chosen, a typical first year will include core courses such as Research Design and Analysis and Human Factors in Systems, plus electives such as Systems Concepts, Theory, and Tools, or Organizational Behavior, Theory, and Applications in Aviation.
Students have access to labs and facilities at the Daytona Campus dedicated to aerospace and aviation, including the unmanned aircraft systems simulation, team performance lab, physiology and color vision lab, and the motion sickness lab.
The Department of Human Factors offers graduate instruction leading to the Master of Science degree in Human Factors. This program is designed to meet the highest academic standards, fully preparing students for doctoral-level studies while at the same time preparing students for immediate employment in the real world of cost-sensitive and operationally driven aviation/aerospace and technical environments.
The masters program will produce a graduate with the capacity to design, conduct, and apply human factors methods research in support of simple and complex systems. Graduates will work as a human factors professionals in government, academic and private organizations. A variety of research, consulting, and internship opportunities are available throughout the program.
Students receive education in the principles of human factors and experimental psychology, including statistical and quantitative procedures, experimental design, and survey methods.
A combined Human Factors program is available. Please see the undergraduate Human Factors program for details.
|HFS 510||Research Design and Analysis I||3|
|HFS 600||Human Factors in Systems||3|
|HFS 610||Research Design and Analysis II||3|
|HFS 612||Human Factors Methods||3|
|HFS 615||Sensation and Perception||3|
|HFS 620||Memory and Cognition||3|
|HFS 635||Human-Computer Interaction||3|
|HFS 675||Multivariate Statistics: Factor Analysis and Data Reduction||3|
|Organizational Behavior, Theory, and Applications in Aviation|
|Systems Concepts, Theory, and Tools|
|Modeling Humans in Complex Systems|
|Human Factors in Medicine|
|Human Factors of Transportation|
|HF in Aging: Behavioral and Biological Foundations|
|Human Factors in Entertainment Systems|
|Applied Testing and Selection|
|Human Factors Principles of Visual Communication|
|Applied Cognitive Science|
|Human Factors of Aviation/Aerospace Applications|
|Graduate Seminar: Current Applications in Human Factors|
|Graduate Student Capstone|
|Graduate Internship in Human Factors and Systems (highly recommended)|
|Special Topics in Human Factors and Systems|
|Small N Designs and Non-Parametric Analysis|
|Aviation/Aerospace System Safety|
|Production and Procurement Management in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry|
|Software Engineering Discipline|
|Formal Methods for Software Engineering|
|Specification and Design of Real-Time Systems|
|Three upper-level credits of HFS electives (500-600 level)||3|
|Nine upper-level credits of HFS electives (500-600 level)||9|
Other elective courses may be available with approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator. A total of four electives must be fulfilled for degree completion.
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