2023-2024 / PSYC0044-2

Human factors and systems reliability


25h Th, 5h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Anne-Sophie Nyssen


Ninon Puttaert

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Human error is often identified as the first cause of accident nowadays. This course is about human reliability in complex systems. It presents the researches on human error and identify the individual, group and organizational factors that infuence safety. We learn how to analyze an accident taking into account the complexity of the work situation.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

mastering of the reseaches on human reliability : fondamental researches, basic concepts and methods of accident analyse

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

oral présentation of theory, interview in order to analyse an accident
oral presentation of a book chapter

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

lecture : Human error by J. Reason , Cambridge University Press 1990
"l'erreur humaine". J. reason, PUF,1993.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

Oral exam on theory through the analyze of an accident situation. Individual or collective exam (max. two) . The exam is organized in january. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



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