Introduces human factors as they affect the design of interior environments including physiological, sociological, and psychological needs of users. Emphasizes the human factors of ergonomics, anthropometrics, universal design, and special populations as they relate to design standards, functionality, accessibility, and impact on the interior design practice.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
To introduce students to human factors, ADA and universal design, environmental psychology and consideration of user needs for special populations. Students will learn to consider user needs as a primary factor in the design of the built environment through hands-on experiences and design research methods.
- Foundational theories of Environmental Psychology: explore environmental and behavioral theories including the development of self-actualization pyramids using criteria established by Abraham Maslow.
- The psychology of behavior: territoriality, personal space, proxemics, crowding, and privacy.
- Wayfinding and cognitive mapping.
- Human dimensions and anthropometrics, and their impact on workplace function and productivity.
- Designing environments to meet the needs of persons with physical and cognitive disabilities.
- Human perception and environmental design with emphasis on how culture, education, economics, and ethnicity may impact interior environments.
- Conducting and presenting scholarly research findings on topics related to the design of various environments and population segments.
- Introduction to ADA and Universal Design and their impact on the built environment.
- Analysis of functionality in the design of residential and commercial settings and the psychological connection between users and their environments.
- Define terminology related to environmental design, user needs, design theory and environmental psychology.
- Demonstrate, through hands-on activities and written documentation, the impact that proxemics, territoriality, privacy, and stress have on human behavior and the appropriate design response to these concerns.
- Exhibit, through hands-on activities and written documentation, the issues surrounding wayfinding.
- Apply the use of anthropometrics and ergonomics in the design of interior spaces and furnishings to improve function and productivity.
- Identify connections between human physiological and cognitive disabilities with their subsequent impact on the design of the built environment.
- Identify how sociological issues such as culture, education, economics, and ethnicity may create special needs for an interior environment.
- Demonstrate an ability to research psychological and physiological design needs for special populations such as people with disabilities, children, elders, and homeless or low income individuals and families.
- Identify the Americans with Disabilities Act, Accessible and Universal Design, and their impact on the built environment.
- Demonstrate, through hands-on activities, presentations and written documentation, an ability to critique interior environments for human factor issues.
Assessment and Requirements
- Mid-Term and Final Exams
- Hands-on Exercises and Assignments
- Semester Project
- Humanities and Fine Arts
- Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Determined by department