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Future ship designers and context of use; setting the stage for human centred design


Abeysiriwardhane, A and Lutzhoft, M and Petersen, ES and Enshaei, H, Future ship designers and context of use; setting the stage for human centred design, Royal Institute of Naval Architects International Conference: Marine Design 2015, 2-3 September 2015, London, United Kingdom, pp. 1-16. ISBN 978-1-909024-42-7 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Human Centred Design (HCD) is an approach, which focuses on making systems usable by applying Human Factors (HF), Ergonomics, and usability knowledge and techniques during design. One foundation of this approach is an understanding of the situation in which the product will be used; the context of use (CoU).

A "CoU in Ship Design" workshop was conducted with 50 final year Bachelor of Engineering undergraduate students in the Australian Maritime College to investigate and stimulate their CoU knowledge. Students were asked to build low fidelity prototypes of selected work contexts on ships, and to prepare mobile phone videos of a scenario. A team of 6 subject matter experts were available as end users, for consultation.

Observation and questionnaire findings show that the students’ understanding of situations on ships could be improved, although it did contain some elements of the context in many cases – more on general layout and crew members present, less on crew roles. Furthermore, the findings demonstrate the need of including HF&HCD theoretical underpinnings in undergraduate Maritime Design Engineering syllabi.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:human factors, human centred design, ship design, education
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Design
Research Field:Interaction and experience design
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water safety
UTAS Author:Abeysiriwardhane, A (Dr Apsara Abeysiriwardhane)
UTAS Author:Lutzhoft, M (Professor Margareta Lutzhoft)
UTAS Author:Petersen, ES (Dr Erik Styhr Petersen)
UTAS Author:Enshaei, H (Dr Hossein Enshaei)
ID Code:106488
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2016-02-11
Last Modified:2017-10-05
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