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Human Factors In Engineering and Design

October 12th, 2011

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This is the seventh edition of a text that is quite popular and the respected leader in its field. Written for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for practicing professionals, the book combines an emphasis on the empirical research basis of human factors with comprehensive coverage of basic concepts in the field of human factors and ergonomics. This edition of Human Factors in Engineering and Design has been thoroughly updated and contains a new chapter on motor skills. Several chapters have been extensively revised and renamed to reflect current emphases and research in the field.


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Engineering Books This is the seventh edition of a text that is quite popular and the respected leader in its field. Written for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for practicing professionals, the book combines an emphasis on the empirical research basis of human factors with comprehensive coverage of basic concepts in the field of human factors and ergonomics. This edition of Human Factors in Engineering and Design has been thoroughly updated and contains a new chapter on motor skills. Several chapters have been extensively revised and renamed to reflect current emphases and research in the field.
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  1. Brian L. Donat
    October 12th, 2011 at 22:59 | #1

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    Yes, it’s resource. This is one of those books that an engineer will want to keep as a reference. The material is both technical and explanatory and in this case, is a required University text. The material is semi-recent and is general to all engineering problems with regard to Human Machine Interaction. It details the physiology, geometry and math of such interactions, the cognitive psychology and the issues of safety and health of workers and employer obligations for their health and safety, as well as production efficiency and accuracy of results. It exposes research values and mathematical relativity of human physiology, cognition and machine controls as well as environmental contexts.

  2. Jerold W. Wiley
    October 13th, 2011 at 01:17 | #2

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    Overall I found this book to provide a myriad of information. I was excited about office design and all of the aspects concerning this area. In many regards the book is out of date – computers, especially. But the concepts of chair design were particularly well presented. Much of the information was very detailed – noise, illumination, displays. I was, however, impressed with the amount of research the authors did by the way they cited the vast amount of research in each of the various sections. Also, they did keep their sense of humor and acknowledged the real world in their analysis.

  3. Anonymous
    October 13th, 2011 at 08:53 | #3

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    This is a terrific text for an INTRODUCTION into the world of human factors and ergonomics, especially at the undergraduate level. It covers a wide range of topics, some (I grant) a bit out of date, but useful nonetheless. A previous reviewer mentions the content being out-of-date. I partially agree. BUT, for the most part, PEOPLE have not changed in many many years, so chapters dealing with human capabilities and limitations are still accurate, making it a good general resource. It’s biggest shortcoming is lack of human-computer interaction material. Otherwise a very worthwhile investment for those interested in the field of human factors as a whole.

  4. Kien Ming Yow
    October 13th, 2011 at 21:40 | #4

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    I guess this is the engineering student’s nightmare. You would have to slug through a book with numbers and concepts minus the presentation. It’s a good book for the subject matter if you can bear the torture.

  5. Elijah Chingosho
    October 15th, 2011 at 03:01 | #5

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    “Human Factors in Engineering and Design” is a well researched book that is recommended for anyone studying ergonomics and human factor issues in engineering and design, particularly at undergraduate level. It is a comprehensive coverage of the various relevant and pertinent topics that students and practitioners should find useful.

    The topics covered include information input, human output and control, workplace design, environmental conditions and human factor applications. I found the book to contain all the information pertaining to human factors that I needed, although some few areas are outdated, which however, did little to diminish the import and utility of the book.

    The book is well written in simple, plain English making it easily understandable to a wide audience. The only drawback is the price, which some students may find a bit steep, even though it is well worth it.

  6. whiterussian@web.de
    October 16th, 2011 at 01:18 | #6

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    In my opinion, this book is a great introduction to the field of ergonomics and human factors. Though it is indeed a bit older, all necessary fields are covered with great diligence (Information inout & processing, human output & control, workplace design, environmental conditions & human factors applications). Of course the passages concerning VDUs and computers are outdated, but these passages comprise only a very small part of the book (and, to be honest, if I want to read about these topics I would pick different books anyway!). The authors write in a very comprehensible way and many examples and pictures underline the usability of the book. To summarize, a book that is outdated concerning the most recent computer technologies (VDU etc.), but a great introduction containing everything necessary to human factors and design (and these sections are NOT outdated, as the reader before says very poignantly: “Computers may change, people DON’T change that easily).

  7. atmj
    October 17th, 2011 at 00:40 | #7

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    This book is an excellent beginner’s manual for Human Factors. It is used in several college’s Human Factor’s initial courses.

    The topics it covers are the basic “physical” human factors topics. There is breadth but not depth. However it does not do much with UI design. There is nothing on Web design or computer station design.

    This book’s data is limited to examples that illustrate various points in the book. If you need detailed anthropometric data or workspace recoommendations you won’t find it here.

    Alan Cooper’s book About face can help you with the UI part.

    Jakob Nielson’s Web Usability or Steve Krug’s Don’t make me think book can give you information on Web design.

    Woodson’s Human Factors Design Handbook can help you with the computer station part. At lot of money for just this though.

    If you need detailed anthropmetric date, the sources I am most familiar with are:

    Human Factors Design Handbook by Woodson(though it is a biased sample, if this is all you can get it is better than nothing) Woodson’s newer book (2nd edition) gives computer station information, but is pricey for just this.

    The measure of Man and Woman by Henry Dreyfuss and Associates (dated in 1970s)

    BodySpace by Stephen Pheasant (in metric)

    International data on Anthropometry by Hans W. Jurgens (gives you some international data found nowhere else).

    Another thing that may help you is the table of contents:

    Table of Contents:

    PART 1: INTRODUCTION

    1. Human Factors and Systems

    2. Human Factors Research Methodologies

    Part 2: INFORMATION INPUT

    3. Information Input and Processing

    4. Text, Graphics, Symbols and Codes

    5. Visual Display of Dynamic Information

    6. Auditory, Tactual and Olfactory Displays

    7. Speech Communications

    PART 3: HUMAN OUTPUT AND CONTROL

    8. Physical Work and Manual Materials Handling

    9. Motor Skills

    10. Human Control of systems

    11. Controls and Data Entry devices

    12. Hand tools and devices

    PART 4: WORKPLACE DESIGN

    13. Applied Anthropometry, Work-space design and Seating

    14. Arrangement of Components within a Physical Space

    15. Interpersonal Aspects of Workplace Design

    PART 5: ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

    16. Illumination

    17. Climate

    18. Noise

    19. Motion

    PART 6: HUMAN FACTORS APPLICATIONS

    20. Human Error, Accidents and Safety

    21. Human Factors and the Automobile

    22. Human Factors in Systems design

    APPENDICES

    A. List of Abbreviations

    B. Control Devices

    C. NIOSH Recommended Action Limit Formula for Lifting Tasks

  8. Anonymous
    October 20th, 2011 at 22:26 | #8

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    The book discusses many topics that are no longer relevant or are outdated (i.e. their discussion of data entry input [control] devices and VDT screens). When this book was first published, it was more than likely current, but a book of this nature loses its value as quickly as the devices it is written about.

  9. Anonymous
    October 23rd, 2011 at 02:43 | #9

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    The book does not depict enough information about computers in todays changing world. For the Price of the book, It is most likely a regret. But the basic and indepth ideas are worth every penny.

  10. David A. Thompson
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:15 | #10

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    Sanders text is a review of all the significant areas of Human Factors technology. Over the years, Sanders has developed the best textbook in the field with the best examolws of applications. Recommended for everyone in this field.

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