Sep 24, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, Human Factors Option, M.S.


Prerequisites


An undergraduate major in Psychology or in another field with 24 units of upper division psychology. A minimum grade point average of approximately 3.0 for the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) and for all PSY units.

Take all the following courses or their equivalents:


Students lacking only PSY 310  may be admitted to the program but must complete the course their first semester in attendance.

Advancement to Candidacy


Satisfy the general requirements of the university for advancement to candidacy.

Electives


Culmination Option A:  Thesis Track-Take 6 units from the following

Culmination Option B:  Applied Research/Professional Track-Take 9 units from the following. Substitutions require permission from the program.

Take one of the following options:


Option A: Thesis Track 6 units of PSY 698  (Thesis). 

  • A preliminary oral examination on the thesis proposal and a final oral examination in defense of the completed thesis are required.

Option B: Applied Research/Professional Track - PSY 694  (Human Factors Work-Based Research Project; 3 units)

  • A “B” or better is required in PSY 694.

 

Student Learning Outcomes


1. Knowledge Base in HF/E related fields


By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of established research and theories of human capabilities and limitations in the areas of:
    • Perception
    • Attention
    • Learning and memory
    • Reasoning and Decision Making
    • Action performance
    • How the environment influences decision making and performance
  • Demonstrate Knowledge of human-computer interaction including:
    • Usability testing
    • Auditory/visual display design
    • Knowledge engineering and decision making

2. Research Methodology in HF/E related fields


By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply Evidence-Based HF/E Methods to the design of:
    • Jobs
    • Information systems
    • Consumer products
    • Workplaces
    • Equipment to improve user performance, safety and comfort.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply methodologies that are used in the design of human-machine systems
  • Demonstrate the ability to investigate basic and applied issues in Human Factors related areas.

3. Practical (applied) HF/E experience


By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Engage in real-world research and practice in the field
  • Use academic knowledge and professional skills to help create Human Factors solutions for clients

4. Communication


By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Independently create professional manuscripts and reports
  • Accurately report analysis of data
  • Effectively orally communicate HF/E knowledge

5. Teamwork


By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate professional team management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate collaboration in the production of verbal and manual reports of field knowledge