Copyright 2005-2012 by Philip Kortum.  All rights reserved.
Philip Kortum
Rice University
These are the courses that I typically teach. Statistics is generally offered every semester, Human Factors once a year and the remaining courses every other year. 

Statistical Methods for Psychology - PSYC 339 

This course is an introduction to quantitative and computer methods applicable to the analysis of experimental and correlational data. The course covers probability and hypothesis testing, including Analysis of Variance. Correlation, regression and a number of important non-parametric statistics are also covered. This course is required for psychology majors. Click here for a typical syllabus.   Sample Syllabus

Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics - PSYC 370 

This course is an introduction to the application of psychology and human performance to the design of modern systems. Applications of perception, cognition and human physical limitations are covered. The course is taught with an emphasis on understanding how to create and identify designs that account for limitations in the human user.  Click here for a typical syllabus.   Sample Syllabus

Methods in Human-Computer Interaction - PSYC 409/609 

This course is graduate/upper division undergraduate course that introduces students to the methods for developing and testing user interfaces, with an emphasis on computer interfaces. Both heuristic and computational methods are covered, in the context of a typical User Centered Design process. Click here for a typical syllabus.   Sample Syllabus

Non-Traditional Interfaces - PSYC 462/662 

Advanced coverage of human computer interfaces that are not necessarily graphical in nature. The course covers haptic, gesture, locomotion, auditory, voice olfactory, and taste interfaces. Impoverished GUIs (small screen) are investigated, as are interactive voice response systems. Finally, complex interfaces that are multi-model are covered, including interfaces where multiple modes are accomplishing the same task in isolation and interfaces where multiple modes combine simultaneously to accomplish a single task  Click here for a typical syllabus.   Sample Syllabus

Usability Assessment - PSYC 464/664 

This course covers all of the important aspects of specifying, planning, executing, and reporting usability assessments on products, services and systems. Both formative and summative assessments are covered, as are some of the important so-called "discount" usability methods This course is project based, with students performing usability assessments as part of an engineering team that is developing products for deployment.  Click here for a typical syllabus.   Sample Syllabus

Medical Human Factors - PSYC 463/663 

Advanced coverage of the human factors that are specific to medical systems. Coverage includes medical decision making and diagnosis errors, surgical human factors, medical robots, surgical simulators, and general medical equipment design. Macro-ergonomics of hospital systems, electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry systems are also covered. Guest lectures from physicians and field trips to area hospitals are included  Click here for a typical syllabus.   Sample Syllabus