Subject name
ID (subject code)
Type of subject
contact lessons
Course types and lessons
Type of assessment
mid-term grade
Number of credits
Subject Coordinator
Dr. Hercegfi Károly
associate professor
Contact details
Educational organisational unit for the subject
Department of Ergonomics and Psychology
Subject website
Language of the subject
magyar - HU , angol - EN
Curricular role of the subject, recommended number of terms
Direct prerequisites
Validity of the Subject Description
Pre-2017, next review September 2021.


The basic objective of the subject is to acquire the approach of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE). Participants become sensitive to the role of requirements from a wide variety of user characteristics during different development processes.

Academic results

  1. They have comprehensive knowledge of the most important concepts and connections used in Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE).
  2. They know the methods of user-centred product design, aspects of user group and user characteristics identification.
  3. They know the principles of HFE related to the physical and social environment.
  4. They know a palette of methods used in ergonomic analysis and design (eg., digital modeling of the hu-man body, computer-aided anthropometric design, testing and evaluation of the ergonomic quality of the user interface, risk analysis and evaluation of industrial workplaces).
  1. They identify special professional problems with a multifaceted, interdisciplinary approach, explores and formulates the detailed theoretical and practical background necessary for their solution. Able to under-stand the relationships between technical and human disciplines.
  2. They are able to recognize and identify the role and significance of the human factor in a wide variety of technical topics in the workplace. They identify professional problems with a user-centered approach, explores and formulates the theoretical and practical background needed to solve them.
  3. They apply the theories of ergonomics and related terminology in a creative way when solving problems.
  1. They are characterized by sensitivity to human needs. They are characterized by a user-centric thinking and approach.
  2. They are characterized by continuous learning skills, broad and thorough education, interdisciplinary in-terest.
  3. They are characterized by a system-level thinking and approach.
  4. They are characterized by a strong critical and self-critical sense.
Independence and responsibility

Teaching methodology

Lectures and lab exercises

Materials supporting learning

  • Hercegfi K., Izsó L. (szerk.) (2007): Ergonómia. Typotex Kiadó, Budapest.
  • Antalovits M., Hercegfi K. (2018): Ergonómia és felhasználói élmény. In: Klein S. (szerk.): Munkapszichológia a 21. században, 719-760. oldal. Edge 2000 Kiadó, Budapest.
  • Becker Gy., Kaucsek Gy. (1996): Termékergonómia és termékpszichológia. Tölgyfa Kiadó, Budapest.
  • Sanders, M.S., McCormick, E.J. (1993): Human Factors in Engineering and Design. McGraw-Hill, London (7th ed.).

General Rules

The assessment of the learning outcomes set out in point 2.2 is based on two mid-term exams and microcontent assignments.

Performance assessment methods

Detailed description of assessments performed during the semester: summative assessment of learning performance: complex, written way of assessment of knowledge and skill types of competence elements of the subject in the form of two mid-term exams.. Microcontent assignments (case studies) to practice.

Percentage of performance assessments, conducted during the study period, within the rating

  • 1st mid-term exam: 35%
  • 2nd mid-term exam: 35%
  • Microcontent assignments : 30%
  • sum: 100%

Percentage of exam elements within the rating

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Issuing grades

Excellent > 90-100
Very good 80–89
Good 70-79
Satisfactory 60-69
Pass 40-59
Fail < 40

Retake and late completion

Each mid-term exam has to reach 40%. The mid-term exams can be replenished by the supplementary exam held in the last study week and the supplementary-supplementary exam held in the replacement period. In the event of a supplementary exam, only one of the two exams can be replenished (however, in the case of fulfillment of neither of exams, one exam can be replenished in the supplementary exam, the other exam can be replenished in the supplementary-supplementary exam). The supplementary exam can also be written for correction, if other-wise both exams are fulfilled. In case of correction, the later score shall be taken into account. The microcontent assignments can be replenished until the end of the supplementary week, deducting their score by 20%.

Coursework required for the completion of the subject

Nature of work Number of sessions per term
2 14
2 5

Approval and validity of subject requirements

Pre-2017, next review September 2021.

Topics covered during the term

To achieve the learning outcomes specified in section, 2.2, the subject consists of the following thematic blocks. The syllabus of the specific course announced in each semester shall schedule these elements of topics according to the calendar and other circumstances.

Lecture topics
1. Basic concepts and main optimization objectives of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE). Man-Machine Systems. User interface. The main stages of the formation / development of HFE.
2. Basic requirements for ergonomic (human-centred) design. Basic approaches to product ergonomics.
3. Human characteristics to be considered in design 1:
4. Human body dimensions and ranges of movement. Static and dynamic anthropometry. Asserting anthropometric considerations in ergonomic analysis and design. Digital modelling of the human body. Computer Aided Anthropometric Design.
5. Human characteristics to be considered during design 2:
6. Special issues of standing and sitting posture. Ergonomic requirements for the design of seated (screen-using) workplaces.
7. Ergonomic principles related to the physical environment:
8. Physiological effects of physical environmental factors (lighting, noise, vibrations, climate, air quality) on humans and the resulting design guidelines, norms and standards.
9. Human characteristics to be considered in design 3:
10. Human sensation. General characteristics of sensation. Design guidelines derived from the basics of vision, contrast enhancement, motion enhancement, and colour sensation.
11. Human characteristics to be considered in design 4:
12. Design requirements derived from the psychological basis of human cognition: general aspects of designing choices for novice and experienced users; ergonomic aspects of the choice of signs and symbols; adapting technological / economic environment to users of various cognitive styles.
13. Design for All. Design for special segments of users. Principles and requirements. Methods and practical solutions. Design of the physical environment (including offices, classrooms, and their wider environment) and vehicles for special segments of users. Accessibility.
14. Principles and methods of ergonomic design of industrial workplaces. Risk analysis and assessment of industrial workplaces.
15. Office ergonomics. Small and large offices. Applying ergonomic aspects of the social environment: influencing social relationships and communication by setting up work environments.
16. Introduction to software ergonomics. General guidelines for user interface design. Mental work. Usability evaluation.
17. User Profile. Anthropometric fit of machine and human sizes.
18. Quality of office chairs and how to adjust them.
19. Risk assessment of industrial workplaces.
20. Applying Digital Human Modelling.
21. Usability testing by eye-tracking.

Additional lecturers

Name Position Contact details
Pulay Márk tanársegéd
Pataki-Bittó Fruzsina tanársegéd
Boros Dávid Pál Ph.D. hallgató
Szabó Bálint tanársegéd
Babicsné Horváth Mária tanársegéd tanársegéd

Approval and validity of subject requirements

Beyond Part I and II of the Subject Datasheet, Part III is approved by the head of the Department of Ergonomics and Psychology indicated in section 1.8 in consultation with the director(s) of the programme(s) concerned.