S002552 Human-Machine Interface


This unit will introduce the mainly principles and methods of human-machine interface design. By studying this unit, students will master the character of physiology and psychology in information transfer and communication between people and machine, making people’s manipulation of the interface easier and more efficient. Through the overview of Human-Machine Interface’s development at home and abroad, students will master all kinds of new design ideology and improve their ability to match the future software and hardware interface design requirement.

Chief examiner(s)

Wang Haiyan

Master supervisor

Doctor degree

Associate Professor

Niu Yafeng


Doctor degree

Credit points

Credit: 6




School of Mechanical Engineering


First semester


The objectives of the unit are to:

  • Familiarise the students with the concepts of human-machine interface design;

  • Give the students an opportunity to experience the application of an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating aesthetics and ergonomic sciences;

  • Give the students an opportunity to learn about the theory and application of classical and modern approaches to interface design.

Assessment (3 hours):

Students are required to achieve at least 60% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, laboratory reports, tests) and at least 60% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 60% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 50% in the unit.

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Contact hours

54 hours study

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