Human System Integration

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.
Managing Interdisciplinary Teams Design Connoisseurship Engaging Stakeholders in Innovation Special Topics Faculty Research Design Process and Knowledge Making the User Centered Case
Modeling Complexity Theories of Communication Fundamentals of Visual Communication Advanced Diagramming Metaphor and Analogy in Design Diagram Development Communication Strategies Communication Design Workshop
Extensions of Media and Technology Interactive Space Interaction Design for Embedded Systems Interaction Design for Immersive Systems Prototyping Interactions Persuasive Interaction Design History of Interaction Design Interaction Design Methods Digital Development Workshop Interaction Design Workshop
Planning + Strategy
Designing Futures Adaptive Leadership Strategies for Open Innovation Organizational Models for Innovation Social and Economic Context of Design New Venture Design Innovation Methods Planning Implementation Business Models and Value Webs Business Frameworks and Strategy Design Planning Workshop Introduction to Portfolio Planning
Design Development & Implementation Product Architecture and Platforms Form and Materials New Product Definition Product Design Workshop
Systems and Systems Theory in Design Networked Objects Networked Cities Human System Integration Systems Modeling and Prototyping Platform-based Design Strategy Systems Approach to Design Information Structuring and Management Structured Planning Workshop Service Systems Workshop
User Research
Stimulus in Design Research Behavioral Economics Online Research Methods Principles and Methods of User Research Coding and Analysis Co-Design and Participatory Research Methods Survey Methods Cultural Probes Experience Modeling Interview Methods Research Photography Research Planning & Execution