This course teaches students the principles of Human System Integration (also know as Macro-ergonomics or Socio-technical System Design).

Human-System Integration goes a step beyond traditional Human Factors and is concerned with ensuring that the characteristics and needs of people are considered throughout the system development process; especially with regard to their selection and training, their participation in system operation, and their health and safety. Today’s complex systems need to be designed as a whole system rather than piece-meal components. Hence, this course introduces students to the perspectives and principles that can be used when designing complex systems with people and technical subsystems.

Learning Objectives
Students of this course will learn the following:

  • Human System Integration, Macro-ergonomics and Socio-Technical System Design Thinking
  • Identification of design concerns for large scale complex systems
  • Conducting Task Analysis and Function Allocation for a existing or new system
  • Analysis of Teams – co-located and virtual distributed teams
  • Integrating the solution in to the organization with human centeredness


Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, students will be:

  • Conversant in system-level design theories like Macro-ergonomics, Socio-technical System Design and Human Systems Integration.
  • Able to describe the various approaches and methods of Human System Integration and should be able to use it in a project.