Evaluation of Human Work, 3rd Edition / Edition 3

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Completely revised and updated, Evaluation of Human Work is a compendium of ergonomics methods and techniques that is both broad and deep. The editors have once again brought together a team of world-renowned experts and created a forum for them to introduce their most valued techniques and methods. Almost every chapter has been revised and several new chapters have been added.

See what’s new in the Third Edition:

  • Sociotechnical design of work systems
  • Team design and evaluation
  • Learning from failures through a joint cognitive systems perspective
  • The Analysis of organizational processes
  • Techniques in user-centered design
  • Increased understanding of the nature of knowledge and knowledge management in contemporary systems
  • Environment surveys
  • Systems for near miss reporting and analysis

The one thing that has remained unchanged from the first and second editions is that this text is produced NOT as a cookbook of ergonomics methods. The editor places ergonomics methodology in context, and each chapter carefully describes the background to method development in that area and the application of methods and tools. Exploring the topic of ergonomics/human factors from a ‘doing it’ perspective, the book serves as a guide to what ergonomics can offer industry, business, or human service professionals and a reference for practicing ergonomists.

Basic methods & techniques/system design & evaluation/the physical workplace/work activities/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

A general text on ergonomics methodology, intended as a companion to a general textbook on ergonomics and human factors. The volume contains seven parts: general approaches and methods; basic ergonomics methods and techniques; techniques in product of system design and evaluation; assessment and design of the physical workplace; analysis of work activities; analysis and evaluation of work systems; and introduction and implementation of systems. This revised edition (first was 1990) adds new chapters on human-machine interfaces for systems control, ergonomics and participation, evaluating work conditions and risk of injury--techniques for field surveys, undertaking an ergonomics study in industry, and practical measurement of psychophysiological functions for determining workloads. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415267571
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/30/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1048
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 A framework and a context for ergonomics methodology 1
2 Methods for direct observation of performance 45
3 Subjective assessment 69
4 The use of archival data 101
5 Designing ergonomics studies and experiments 113
6 Task analysis 144
7 Verbal protocol analysis 169
8 Simulation and modelling 202
9 Computerized data collection in ergonomics 229
10 Product assessment and user trials 249
11 Is this chapter any use? Methods for evaluating text 285
12 Evaluation of human-computer interaction at the user interface to advanced IT systems 310
13 Human-machine interfaces for systems control 357
14 Knowledge elicitation: a systematic approach 406
15 Assessment of the visual environment 445
16 Ergonomics assessment of thermal environments 483
17 Auditory environment and noise assessment 506
18 Human responses to vibration: principles and methods 541
19 Anthropometry and the design of workspaces 557
20 Computer aided ergonomics and workspace design 574
21 The evaluation of industrial seating 621
22 Measurement and assessment of dynamic work 640
23 The evaluation of posture and its effects 662
24 Biomechanical methods in posture analysis 714
25 Techniques in mental workload assessment 749
26 The nature and measurement of work stress: theory and practice 783
27 Assessment of visual performance 804
28 The definition and measurement of visual fatigue 840
29 Practical measurement of psychophysiological functions for determining workloads 864
30 Evaluating work conditions and risk of injury - techniques for field surveys 892
31 Human reliability assessment 921
32 Accident reporting and analysis 969
33 The analysis of organizations as an aid for ergonomics practice 993
34 Economic analysis in ergonomics 1017
35 Undertaking an ergonomics study in industry 1041
36 New systems implementation 1055
37 Ergonomics and participation 1071
38 Methods in context: the future 1097
Contributors 1109
Index 1119
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