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 12.15 to 14.00 on Wednesdays)


    Responsible person: Dr. Károly Hercegfi

    Lecturers: Máté Köles, Sarolta Tóvölgyi, Eszter Józsa, Bálint Szabó, Csaba Czabán, Dr Balázs Hámornik, Dr Emma Lógó, Márk Pulay, Dalma Geszten, Áron Tóth

    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: 26th April (it is going to be written in the classroom, at lesson-time).

    Date of the repeat exam: 10th 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 Máté Köles or 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 3 May , but the sooner you “reserve” your topic, the more choices will you have available.
    • Send your completed works to:
      • In cases of Flat or Workroom evaluation: Sarolta Tóvölgyi: tovolgyi@erg.bme.hu
      • In case of Web page evaluation: Máté Köles: kolesm@erg.bme.hu
      • In case of the "Other" topics: Máté Köles: kolesm@erg.bme.hu



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

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

    Exam and Assignment Results

    • Fundamentals of ergonomics, Introduction (Máté Köles) - February 08

      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 15

      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 22

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

    • Advanced usability methods and HCI hands-on experience (Máté Köles) - March 01

      (Psychophysiology and HCI.) HCI group activity

    • Advanced usability methods 2: eye-tracking (Bálint Szabó) - March 08

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

    • Advanced usability methods 3: usability in practice (Eszter Józsa) - March 22

      Usability testing in the corporate world; beyond physiology and eye-tracking.

      • Design for all, design for the handicapped (Márk Pulay) - March 29

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

      • Work place design (Dr. Emma Lógó) - April 05

        Work places with display units, sitting and health issues.

      • Applied Ergonomics (Dr. Emma Lógó, Áron Tóth) - April 12

        Gamification: the history and theory of gamification. Hands-on experience on gamification and gamification evaluation.

      • Office ergonomics (Dr. Emma Lógó) - April 19

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

      • Written exam - April 26

        In the same classroom in the same time as the lectures

        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 an hour to complete it. 

        • HUMAN FACTORS OF SAFETY (Csaba Czabán) - May 03

          The experiences of accidents of complex man-machine – socio-technical – systems. The evolution – genesis – of accidents. Ergonomic design for product safety. Designing safer products: product-related risks, hazards and dangers and the possibilities of their mitigation. Investigation methods of product-related minor and major accidents, and near misses. Event trees, fault trees, control charts and surviving analysis.

          • Repeat exam - May 10

            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.