4 credits

Professor Alan Hedge (

Course Description

This course extends the breadth and depth of coverage of DEA 350. Coverage includes discussion of published journal articles on human factors aspects of thermal conditions, ventilation and air quality issues, lighting, and acoustics.

Course Objectives

This course aims to develop the student's ability to critically appraise knowledge of human factors aspects of indoor ambient environmental conditions. Upon completion of this course the student should:

1. Be familiar with key papers in each of the major topic areas covered i.e. indoor climate (thermal conditions, ventilation and air quality), indoor lighting, and indoor acoustics.

2. Be able to critically appraise environmental measurement techniques and research methodology.

3. Be able to publically present information on a human factors analysis of any indoor environmental parameter in a proficient manner.

4. Be able to review literature on human factors aspects of indoor ambient conditions.

Course Format

The course meets for DEA 350 classes and once each week for an additional hour. This time is used for a combination of seminar presentation by students, discussion, and review work. Readings are assigned prior to each class and a schedule of student presentations is slated.

Semester Project:

For this project students prepare an in-depth review of the recent literature on some human factors aspect of indoor ambient conditions. A list of possible topics is provided early in the semester. Students wishing to suggest alternatives can agree these with the instructor. The literature review is between 2,500 and 5,000 words written in journal format, details of which are provided. Further guidance is given in class.

Grading Scheme:

The following grading scheme is used. Performance is assessed relative to the course objectives: 75% DEA 350 grade (assessed as specified for DEA 350); 25% Semester Project.