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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Psychology M.S. with Human Factors Concentration

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Human Factors Psychology is the application of principles and techniques of psychology to real-world problems. In Human Factors Psychology (HFP), principles and methods associated with Cognitive Psychology are applied to the human-machine interface to improve the usability and effectiveness of the interface. The Human Factors Psychology Concentration is designed to focus on Human Factors and Ergonomics to provide students with a well-rounded foundation in psychology, the user-centered design process, and the methods used to evaluate human-machine interfaces. Students will obtain basic competency in perception, cognition, and information processing systems as well as the skills to apply this knowledge to the design of the human-machine interface. The Human Factors Psychology program is accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Practicum and research experiences will be provided in laboratory and industrial settings. All students will complete a major research project prior to graduation. The concentration includes a course sequence that prepares the student to take the exam to become a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) or Certified Human Factors Professional (CHFP).

For more information about applying for this concentration, please contact Dr. Nicholas Kelling at kelling@uhcl.edu

Degree Requirements

Research and Statistics (6 hours)
PSYC 6036 Advanced Nonexperimental Methods and Statistics
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6037 Advanced Experimental Methods and Statistics
Credit Hours: 3
Core Psychology Courses (12 hours)
PSYC 6030 Sensation and Perception
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6832 Advanced Cognitive and Affective Psychology
Credit Hours: 3
Core Psychology Courses 

Students must take at least two of the following three Psychology classes.

For PSYC 5532, the following may be substituted: SOCI 5532

PSYC 5235 Learning Principles
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5532 Advanced Social Psychology
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6134 Biological Basis of Behavior
Credit Hours: 3
Required Applied Cognitive Psychology Courses (18 hours)
PSYC 5932 Research Topics in Applied Cognitive Psychology
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6431 User-Centered Design
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6434 Human Factors Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6435 Human Factors Methods and Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6439 Practicum in Human Factors Psychology
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

PSYC 5932 must be taken for two
semesters.
Human Factors Psychology Elective (3 hours)
Three additional hours are selected from Psychology or other relevant disciplines with the approval of
the academic adviser. These hours are designed to provide a specific disciplinary focus within Human Factors Psychology.

Master's Option

Choose ONE of the following options.
PSYC 6739 Graduate Internship
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6939 Master's Thesis Research
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

PSYC 6739, PSYC 6939: prerequisite PSYC 6439