Téma ismertetése


    Code: BMEGT52A001

    Basic data: elective of any majors

    Credit (ECTS): 2

    Compulsory preliminary study: none

    Type of requirement: exam + assignment

    Method of education: lectures

    Language of the course: English

    Lectures/Practice: 2 lectures / week (held from 14.15 to 16.00 on Tuesdays)


    Responsible person: Dr. Sarolta Tóvölgyi

    Lecturers: Máté Köles, Eszter Józsa, Bálint Szabó, Márk Pulay, Dalma Geszten, Áron Tóth, Kapusy Kata, Boros Dávid, Dr. Sarolta Tóvölgyi

    Aims of the subject: to provide the students with an up-to-date introductory human factors course that makes them capable of viewing all kinds of technological development from a human/user perspective.


    • presence at the lessons
    • performing a written exam during the semester (reaching at least 40% from it) --> if the mark is not accepted, further repeat exam
    • assignment (homework)

    Date of the written exam: 24th April (it is going to be written in the classroom, at lesson-time).

    Date of the repeat exam: 15th May (it is going to be written in the classroom, at lesson-time).


    Assignment (Homework)

    • You can work in pairs or individually
    • You should aim for 2-3 pages. If needed for reasons of clarity (additional screenshots or pictures of the flat) it can exceed these page limits.
    • Any draft or screen shot (e.g. in case of an evaluation of a software) has to be attached
    • You have to hand it in electronically
    • You can choose the topic of your homework in the following areas:
      1. Evaluation of a flat’s room from ergonomic aspects
      2. Evaluation of a workroom (e.g. classroom) from ergonomic aspects
      3. Evaluation of a homepage from ergonomic aspects
      4. Other topics - please consult with Sarolta Tóvölgyi

    Hints for the assignment: First of all write down the problems you find: analyze them and explain why you think they are troublesome from an ergonomic perspective. Of course we don’t expect a professional analysis but try to point out trouble spots based on what you heard during the lectures and your previous experiences. Offer suggestions at improving those fields you think are lacking. You can offer as many options as you like, but always explain why you think it’ll make the usability better. Include screenshots or photos or drafts to prove your points.

    • Please note that exactly the same topic can be chosen by only one pair or individual

    Don’t forget that the evaluation of a single item (room or webpage) can only be done by one person (or a pair). To make it easier for you, we created a Google Docs table where you can write in your choice of homework you’ll submit. We provided examples in the spreadsheet on how to fill it out. This way we can avoid many of you doing the same task.

    Please, specify your topic in this spreadsheet!

    • The deadline is 1st May, but the sooner you “reserve” your topic, the more choices will you have available.
    • Send your completed works to Dr. Sarolta Tóvölgyi: tovolgyi@erg.bme.hu



    The mark will be built up as follows: EXAM (50%) + PROJECT ASSIGNMENT (50%)

    • Points 100 – 80 = Mark 5
    • Points 79 – 70 = Mark 4
    • Points 69 – 55 = Mark 3
    • Points 54 – 40 = Mark 2
    • Points 39 – 0 =  Mark 1


  • Fundamentals of ergonomics, Introduction (Dr. Sarolta Tóvölgyi) - February 06

    The concept of ergonomics, main stages of its development. The three main optimization goals of ergonomics: safety, comfort and efficiency.

    The main tasks and possibilities of ergonomics at the working places:

    • protecting the health and safety of workers
    • increasing work efficiency
    • increasing work satisfaction and feeling of comfort
    • providing possibilities for personal development (developing skills, personality, social relationships, etc.)

    The view and main objectives of ergonomics. The ergonomic quality, the ergonomics as an added value. The user profile and the main approaches of ergonomics. Basic questions of new product development.

  • Psychology in Ergonomics (Máté Köles) - February 13

    Introduction into how raw sensory information is processed into a cohesive perception and how they relate to ergonomics. Working memory and menu design. Selective attention.

  • Human-computer interaction evaluation (Dalma Geszten) - February 20

    Software usability in general. Usability guidelines and examination methods. Analytic methods vs empirical methods.

  • Advanced usability methods and HCI hands-on experience (Máté Köles) - Feb 27

    (Psychophysiology and HCI.) HCI group activity

  • Advanced usability methods 2: eye-tracking (Bálint Szabó) - March 06

    Usability testing and other applications of the eye-tracking technology.

  • Applied Ergonomics: Shopping experience (Kata Kapusy) - March 13

    What does Shopping Experience mean?

    What kind of values can be delivered of SE and what are they?

    How could environment effect those?

  • Applied Ergonomics: Product experience and gamification (Áron Tóth) - March 20

    The theory and framework of gamification.

    Why does gamification work?

    The flow theory.

    How to design a gamified system?

    Real life examples.

  • Advanced usability methods 3: Design thinking; the wallet project (Eszter Józsa) - March 27

    Participants get the feel of a design approach, gain some shared vocabulary, and get a taste of each design "mode" (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test).

    Specifically, we hope students see that low-resolutions prototypes are useful to learn from (take an iterative approach), and to bias toward action (you can make a lot of progress in a little bit of time if you start DOing)

  • Spring break - no lecture - April 03

    • Design for all, design for the handicapped (Márk Pulay) - April 10

      Designing for special users. The gap-theory and its application. The “Design for all” – Universal Design – approach. Designing assistive technologies and barrier-free environment.

    • Office ergonomics (Dávid Boros) - April 17

      General workplace design principles.  Designing office workplaces: smaller offices and large open-space office rooms. Selecting furniture and interior design.

    • Written exam - April 24

      ATTENTION: in QA121 (in a different classroom)

      In 2 groups:

      1st group: 14.15-15.00 (names: A-K)

      2nd group: 15.15-16.00 (names: L-Z)

      It will contain multiple choice type test questions, questions requiring short written answers and a few questions where some drawing might be required (don't worry, artistic quality will not be graded). You will have 45 mins to complete it. 

      • Public holiday - no lecture - May 01

        • Ergonomic Case Study (Dr. Sarolta Tóvölgyi) - May 08

          A walkthrough of an ergonomic problem through a real-life example. 

          • Repeat exam - May 15

            For those who were unable to attend the original date and those who scored below 40% max points. It is also optional for everyone else who wishes to improve their exam points. Be aware though that only the points of the last written exam will count. If you rewrite it, only the result of the second exam will count toward your grade at the end of the semester.  

            • LITERATURE

              Downloadable e-materials from the site of the Department (www.erg.bme.hu).

              Chaffin, D. B., Andersson, G. B. J., Martin, B. J. (2006). Occupational biomechanics (4th ed.). New York: Wiley-Intersciences.

              Krug, S (2000). Don’t Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability. New Riders.

              Norman, D. A. (2002). The design of everyday things. New York: Basic Books.

              Pheasant, S (1988): Bodyspace. Taylor & Francis

              Sanders, M. S., McCormick, E. J. (1993). Human factors in engineering and design (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

              Schifferstein, H. N. J., Hekkert, P. (Eds.). (2008). Product Experience. Elsevier.

              Stanton, N., Hedge, A., Brookhuis, K., & Salas, E. (Eds.). (2004). Handbook of human factors and ergonomics methods. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.