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University of Houston-Clear Lake

 

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Title of program

Human Factors Psychology sub-plan within the Psychology Program

Year human factors/ergonomics program was established

2008

Accredited by HFES?

Yes

Contact person for more information, including applications

Nicholas Kelling, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058, 281/283-3443; kelling@uhcl.edu

Catalog (free)

Office of Admissions, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 13, Houston, TX 77058

Website

https://www.uhcl.edu/academics/degrees/
psychology-ms-applied-cognitive-psychology-concentration

Academic calendar

Semester

Human factors/ergonomics graduate degrees offered

MS

Goals, objectives, and emphasis of the program

Through a two year integrated sequence of coursework, practicum, research, and hands on activities, UHCL'S Human Factors Psychology Sub-plan is designed to focus provides students with a well-rounded foundation in: psychology, the user centered design process, and methods used to evaluate human-machine interfaces. Students will obtain basic competency in perception, cognition, judgement/decision making, and information processing systems as well as how to apply this knowledge to the design of the Human-Machine interface. Practicum and research experiences will be provided in laboratory and industrials settings. All students will complete a major research project prior to graduation. The sub-plan includes a course sequence that can prepare the student to take the exam to become a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) or Certified Human Factors Professional (CHFP). Furthermore, graduates will be prepared to pursue doctoral degrees in psychology with a focus on the human machine interface. UHCL has one of the few Master's programs in the state of Texas explicitly designed to prepare people to work in industry upon graduation. The UHCL program is also well situated in the City of Houston to provide excellent internship opportunities with NASA-Johnson Space Center as well as energy and computing industries.

Can students attend part-time?

Yes

Are required courses offered through distance learning?

No

Are required courses offered at night?

Typically; 4:00–6:50 p.m. or 7:00–9:50 p.m.

Are required courses offered during summer?

Yes

Does the university have an HFES student chapter?

Yes

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application deadline

Fall - February 1 (early applications), May 1 (final applications)

Application fees

$35 for domestic applicants; $75 for international applicants


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements

Introduction to Psychology, Statistics

Importance of other criteria as admission factors

Research: medium

Work experience: medium

Extracurricular activities: low

Letters: high

Interview: N/A

Tuition and fees

Resident: $9,974 per year including summer
Nonresident: $19,814 per year including summer


 

ADMISSIONS

Number of students applying to the human factors/ergonomics program last year

17

Number of students accepted into the program last year

8

Number of students entering the program last year

7

Anticipated number of openings per year for the next two years

20


 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Percentage of students in program receiving financial assistance

25%

Amount received per year

N/A

Types of assistance available

Teaching assistantship, research assistantship (sometimes tuition reducing)

When should students apply for financial assistance?

There is a separate application to the university's Master's in Psychology and the Human Factors Psychology sub-plan. Both processes must be completed.


 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate degrees offered

Master's in Psychology

Number of units required

42

Exams required

None

Language requirements

English

Research required

Master's thesis (optional)

Practical experience required

500-hour internship or thesis

Typical number of years required to obtain degree

2

Is there a non-thesis option?

Internship option


 

CURRICULUM

Required courses (units)

2 of the following five: Learning Principles, Advanced Social Psychology, Biological Basis of Behavior, Research Design & Statistical Measurement I & II, Advanced Cognitive Psychology, Human Factors Engineering, User Centered Design, Human Factors Methods and Analysis, Practicum, Special Topics in Human Factors/Ergonomics, (6)

Master's Option: Graduate Internship (6) or Master's Thesis (6)

Electives (units)

Training and Development, Programming with Visual Basic, Ergonomics and Workplace Design, Ergonomics Methods and Analysis, Web Design, Technical Foundation of Digital Media

Number of courses outside department that are required

None required, up to 3 typical

Average or typical class size in a required course

4–25


 

RESEARCH/TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Research and support facilities available to students in the program: 

Research facilities in the UHCL Human Factors Program allows for expansive research and training opportunities. A full usability lab allows for product testing, focus groups, and interviews. Game development space provides capacity to build and test testing software, experimental games, and serious games/simulations. The program also runs a VR/AR testing suite, physiological testing including sEMG, GSR, and HRV, motion capture systems, and multiple computer testing stations. 

Teaching opportunities available to students in the program:
Teaching assistant positions

Current research activities and projects being carried out by program faculty and/or students:

Development, implementation, and testing of VR and AR systems for psychomotor and cognitive task training and informal learning in museum/education environments. Serious game research includes investigations of the impact of games in the education of university level education.


STUDENT STATISTICS

Current number of active students in program, by gender

9 men, 11 women

Current number of first-year students in program

10

Based on current graduate students in the program,
the mean score on admission tests and undergraduate
GPA by degree being sought are

N/A


 

FACULTY

S. Camille Peres, PhD, 2005; HFES member; auditory displays, efficiency with software, using simulations to teach statistics

Magdy Akladios, PhD; HFES member; ergonomics, safety, industrial hygiene, industrial engineering

[Updated December 2017]