Lesson 4G – Research Methods in Ergonomics

This lesson illustrates the most common parametric and nonparametric statistical tests used to determine whether interventions improve human factors and HMI issues in production systems environments.

Learning Objectives
  • Apply the 6-step method for solving statistical inference problems commonly encountered while measuring human performance for:  1) Two independent samples (Wilcoxon Rank Sum Test); 2) Two independent proportions (Chi-square Test for Proportions); 3) Paired samples (Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test); and, Three or more independent samples (Kruskal-Wallis Test)
Lesson 4G – Research Methods in Ergonomics Lesson Plans
Laboratory Exercise 4D/4G – Fitts Law

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* NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework KSAs Addressed
  • K0036: Knowledge of human-computer interaction principles.
  • K0245: Knowledge of principles and processes for conducting training and education needs assessment.
  • K0246: Knowledge of relevant concepts, procedures, software, equipment, and technology applications.
  • K0252: Knowledge of training and education principles and methods for curriculum design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training and education effects.
  • K0329: Knowledge of statistics.
  • S0021: Skill in designing a data analysis structure (i.e., the types of data your test must generate and how to analyze those data).
  • S0030: Skill in developing operations-based testing scenarios.
  • S0060: Skill in writing code in a currently supported programming language (e.g., Java, C++).
  • A0040: Ability to translate data and test results into evaluative conclusions.
  • A0118: Ability to understand technology, management, and leadership issues related to organization processes and problem solving.
* NSA/DHS Center of Excellence (CAE) KUs Addressed
  • Basic Data Analysis
  • Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Industrial Control Systems

* Most courseware content maps to NIST NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) and/or NSA/DHS CAE Knowledge Units (KUs). For more information on KSAs and KUs, please visit:

KSAs: http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.800-181.pdf

KUs: https://www.iad.gov/NIETP/documents/Requirements/CAE-CD_Knowledge_Units.pdf