Cognitive Ergonomics

By Prof. MK Asthana   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 3089   |  Exam registration: 1919
ABOUT THE COURSE : The main purpose of this course is to provide students an understanding how people interact with their professional environment. Functional skills required during human-machine interaction. It will help students to understand, analyze, evaluate and create new modern designs required at the professional work environment.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Under Graduate/ Post Graduate

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Safety Enhancement/User-Interface Design/Transform Product 
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 19 Feb 2024
End Date : 15 Mar 2024
Enrollment Ends : 19 Feb 2024
Exam Registration Ends : 15 Mar 2024
Exam Date : 28 Apr 2024 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:  Introduction to Cognitive Ergonomics, Human Cognitive Abilities and Skills
Week 2: Human-Computer Interaction, Usability
Week 3: Human Error Theory
Week 4: Cognitive Safety and Risk Management

Books and references

1. The design of everything things
2. Handbook of human factors and ergonomics
3. An introduction to human factors engineering

Instructor bio

Prof. MK Asthana

IIT Roorkee
Prof. MK Asthana is a cognitive psychologist, and his ongoing research aims to understand the role of psychological, physiological, affective and cognitive aspects in ergonomics (i.e., human factor design). His current research focuses on understanding the role of human cognitive abilities in product usage. He is also interested in investigating human cognitive limitations in problem-solving strategies and decision-making concerning design research methods. He uses a wide range of methodologies, i.e., behavioural, physiological, cognitive, affective, and virtual reality, for his empirical work.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 28 April 2024 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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