In this Unit:

Module Overview

Lesson Objective

Directions

Definitions

Human Factors

Lab Exercises

HumanFIRST

Poor Designs

Quiz

Additional Sites

Glossary

Human Factors Curriculum Unit

"Data indicate that most crashes and fatalities are a direct result of driver error. We need to design systems that accommodate human limitations and compensate for them. The HumanFIRST Program strives to understand the underlying issues and recommend improvements so that driver errors are significantly reduced."

— Dr. Max Donath, Director of the ITS Institute

Nicholas Ward

Human

FACTORS

INTERDISCIPLINARY

RESEARCH IN

SIMULATION AND

TRANSPORTATION (HumanFIRST) Program

The Human Factors Curriculum Unit introduces students to the HumanFIRST program located at the University of Minnesota. HumanFIRST seeks to study Human Factors in relation to transportation.

Human factors are the psychophysical, psychological, and physiological variables which affect human performance in an operational system.

This unit will use a web based approach for student learning that will help students become familiar with Human Factors and the HumanFIRST program. There will also be some simple laboratory exercises for students to try.

This unit is designed for students from 7th-12th grade.

The unit is designed to take approximately 3 class periods of 45-50 minutes each.

The unit does not require students to make any web searches, as all resources are included. The unit contains links to external web pages with necessary information. All resources should be safe for use by all students.

"Because traffic safety is multi-faceted, an interdisciplinary approach is needed to consider all relevant factors. The HumanFIRST Program integrates the resources of the University of Minnesota to provide a comprehensive response to traffic safety issues."

— Dr. Nicholas Ward, Director of the HumanFIRST Program

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