Singapore University of Social Sciences

Human Factors in Defence and Security

Human Factors in Defence and Security (HFS376)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Science and Technology

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Science and Technology


Human Factors is key in enabling an efficient fighting force and in defending the security of a country. The defence and security sector are the largest employee of human factors around theworld. The role of the modern armed and security forces has changed significant over the years, having to fulfil a wider ranging task, engaging in extended technological-led combats and facing constant threats at home. Human factors considerations are important in the design and evaluation of defence and security systems that enhances the performance of the fighting forces. Engaging the principle of user-centred design, the course takes the students from understanding the strengths and limitation of the physical and cognitive human, developing metrics for assessing human performance, to workspace, environmental and sociotechnical system design for developing effective forces for defence and security.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Physical and Cognitive Human Factors
  • Human Factors Design and Methods
  • Workstation and Workspace Design for Military and Security Operations
  • Cognitive Engineering and Performance for Military and Security Operations
  • Behavioural and Organisation Human Factors
  • Performance under Stress
  • Team Performance and Crew Resource Management
  • Safety and Risk Management for Defence and Security Operations
  • Designing Soldier Systems
  • Defence Training and Simulation
  • Command and Control Effectiveness
  • Case Studies in Human Performance and Technological Integration for the Future Force

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss physical and cognitive human capabilities and limitations
  • Explain human factors methods for system design and evaluation
  • Describe human performance concerns in military and security systems
  • Illustrate safety and risk management issues in defence and security operations
  • Examine human factors principles in the design and evaluation of soldier systems and defence training
  • Propose effective solutions for defence and security system design
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