Engineering Usability
Fundamentals, Applications, Human Factors, and Human Error

Written by
B. S. Dhillon
University of Ottawa, Canada
    March 2004
ca. 200 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 1-58883-084-5

Engineering Usability offers the most up-to-date information on the fundamentals, applications, human factors and human error associated with usability and closely related areas. Today, billions of dollars are being spent annually to produce new products using modern technologies. The usability of these products has become important than ever before because of their increasing complexity, sophistication, and non-specialist users. Needless to say, the usability of products has become important in all sectors of economy. For example, over 30% of all software development projects are cancelled before their completion primarily due to inadequate user design input which resulting into a loss of over $100 billion annually to the U.S. economy alone. Some studies indicate that 80% of product maintenance is due to the unforeseen user requirements. This book is written to satisfy that vital need.


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Human Factors Basics for Engineering Usability
Chapter 3: Human Error and Reliability Basics
Chapter 4: Usability Engineering Life Cycle Stages and Important Associated Areas
Chapter 5: Usability Evaluation Methods
Chapter 6: Usability Testing
Chapter 7: User Errors
Chapter 8: Usability Costing
Chapter 9: Mathematical Models for Usability Assurance
Chapter 10: Software Usability
Chapter 11: Web Usability
Chapter 12: Medical Device Usability
Appendix: Bibliography: Literature on Usability Engineering

  • An excellent reference source on Engineering Usability
  • Requires no previous knowledge to understand its contents
  • Provides basics of human factors, human error, and human reliability
  • Provides latest knowledge on usability and related areas
  • Covers the most up-to-date material
  • Provides a comprehensive list of references
  • Cites references at appropriate places as required
  • Contains problems at the end of each chapter
Human Factors and Usability Specialists, Design Engineers, Ergonomics Specialist, Computer Interface-Specialists, Students, Usability Researchers. Computer System Engineers, Product Users, Computer Scientists, Engineering Administrators, Engineers-at-large.

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