W626 – Human Factors in Industrial Processes

Human Factors in Industrial Processes
Human Factors in Industrial Processes
Module number
Version: 1
Business Administration
1 Semester
Winter semester
Module supervisor

Prof. Dr.phil. et rer.nat.habil Rüdiger von der Weth


Prof. Dr.phil. et rer.nat.habil Rüdiger von der Weth

Course language(s)

in "Human Factors in Industrial Processes"

ECTS credits

5.00 credits


150 hours


4.00 SCH (2.00 SCH Lecture | 2.00 SCH Seminar)

Self-study time

90.00 hours


Written examination
Module examination | Examination time: 90 min | Weighting: 100% | tested in English language
in "Human Factors in Industrial Processes"

Form of teaching


  • lectures
  • tutorials (human factors laboratory)
    • work places
    • records of elementary operations
    • task demands
  • tutorials (internet)  computer simulation of work processes 
Media type

script, internet tutorials, software for work analysis, simulation environments

Instruction content/structure
  1. Work systems

1.1.    basic structure

1.2.    dynamics

1.3.    description levels of human activity

1.4.    work tasks

1.5.    work environment

  1. Description systems and research methods for human behavior in work systems

2.1.    description of elementary activities

2.2.    description of work processes

2.3.    man-machine-interaction

2.4.    behavior in complex work systems

2.5.    role of human prerequisites

2.5.1. cognitive processes and knowledge

2.5.2. motivation and emotion

2.5.3. communication and group processes

2.5.4. physiology and health

  1. Simulation of human work

3.1.    anthropometry (work place simulation)

3.2.    simulation of cognitive processes and complex human behavior

3.3.    simulation of human behavior in work flow and production processes

  1. Design of work places and work processes

4.1.    improvement of efficency

4.2.    prevention of health risks

4.3.    sustainable learning on the job

4.4.    improvement of problem solving abilities of work systems

  1. Actual research projects

5.1.    HTW projects

5.2.    Human factor research worldwide

Qualification objectives
  • knowledge of the actual state of the art in different domains of human factors research
  • knowledge and basic skills in work analysis and research methods
  • exemplary application of this methods
  • knowledge and basic skills in simulation of work places and work processes
  • ability to conduct scientific work studies in the fields of health, efficiency, sustainability of work systems (master thesis level)
Social and personal skills
No information
Special admission requirements
No information
Recommended prerequisites

bachelor courses in human factors, ergonomy, work and organisaional psychology

Continuation options

master thesis



Fransoo, J. Wäfler, T. & Wilson, J. (2011). Behavioral Operations in Planning & Scheduling. London: Springer.

Norman, D.A. (2013). The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition (Englisch). New York:  Perseus.

Salvendy, G. (2012). Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Fourth Edition. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Wickens, C.D., Hollands, J.G. Parasuraman, R. (2012). Engineering Psychology and Human Performance. Fourth Edition. London: Pearson.


Badke-Schaub, P., Hofinger G., Lauche C. (2011). Human Factors: Psychologie sicheren Handelns in Risikobranchen. Berlin: Springer.

Current teaching resources

script, software, human factors laboratory