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Modeling & Simulation - Human Factors Psychology (Graduate Certificate)

Human factors is a discipline in which principles of cognition, information processing, learning, and perception are applied to the design of technology. This modeling and simulation certificate provides students with a focus on psychological principles that address end-user capabilities with models of human behavior and with knowledge/skill acquisition. This certificate is designed for graduate students in psychology who are interested in pursuing a career in modeling and simulation or for doctoral students who wish to focus on human factors issues in modeling and simulation It is anticipated that students will complete the program in 2 semesters (full time enrollment) or 2 years (part-time enrollment or working to complement a graduate degree).

Modeling & Simulation - Human Factors Psychology (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is M&S in Human Factors Psychology at ODU like?

Human factors is a discipline in which principles of cognition, information processing, learning, and perception are applied to the design of technology. This modeling and simulation certificate provides students with a focus on psychological principles that address end-user capabilities with models of human behavior and with knowledge/skill acquisition. This certificate is designed for graduate students in psychology who are interested in pursuing a career in modeling and simulation or for doctoral students who wish to focus on human factors issues in modeling and simulation It is anticipated that students will complete the program in 2 semesters (full time enrollment) or 2 years (part-time enrollment or working to complement a graduate degree).

Program Highlights


What makes M&S in Human Factors Psychology at ODU unique?

  • The certificate is offered both full-time and part-time.

  • The Human Factors Psychology Certificate in Modeling and Simulation is part of ODU’s university-wide modeling and simulation initiative.

  • The methods, techniques, and concepts covered in the certificate can be utilized in academic, industrial/commercial, and government settings.

  • The certificate covers techniques that can be applied across many disciplines, such as aviation, surface transportation, human-computer interaction, health care, and many others.

  • The certificate emphasizes basic knowledge and principles in human cognition, sensation and perception, and human factors predictive along with fundamental modeling and simulation methods.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Search Marketing Strategists

$91,080

MEDIAN SALARY


Employ search marketing tactics to increase visibility and engagement with content, products, or services in Internet-enabled devices or interfaces. Examine search query behaviors on general or specialty search engines or other Internet-based content. Analyze research, data, or technology to understand user intent and measure outcomes for ongoing optimization.

Web Developers

$74,110

MEDIAN SALARY


Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.

Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists

$90,340

MEDIAN SALARY


Design objects, facilities, and environments to optimize human well-being and overall system performance, applying theory, principles, and data regarding the relationship between humans and respective technology. Investigate and analyze characteristics of human behavior and performance as it relates to the use of technology.

Commercial and Industrial Designers

$70,540

MEDIAN SALARY


Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Linköping University, Luminex Corporation, Agrilyst, Lenovo. 

Courses


What are some courses offered in M&S in Human Factors Psychology at ODU?

MSIM 601:
Introduction to Modeling and Simulation


Modeling and simulation |M and S) discipline surveyed at an overview level of detail. Basic terminology, modeling methods, and simulation paradigms are introduced. Applications of M and S in various disciplines are discussed. The course provides a general conceptual framework for those interested in using M and S and for further studies in M and S. Not open to MSVE degree seeking students. Prerequisites: graduate standing; undergraduate exposure to calculus and probability and statistics.

PSYC 741:
Sensation and Perception


Lecture and discussion 3 hours; 3 credits. A survey of human sensation and perception emphasizing historical contributions, recent theoretical and methodological developments, and empirical findings.

PSYC 770:
Human Factors Psychology


The application and evaluation of psychological principles and research relating human behavior to the design of tools, technology, and the work environment. Theory, methods, and application are emphasized. Prerequisites: PSYC 731/PSYC 831 and PSYC 741/PSYC 841 or equivalents or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for M&S in Human Factors Psychology at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in M&S in Human Factors Psychology should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • Requirements for this program include a strong background in basic and applied areas of psychology as well as quantitative research methods. All applicants admitted to the certificate program must meet ODU requirements for admission to a graduate program in psychology—holding a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution. 

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

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Students pursuing the certificate in conjunction with a Ph.D. degree program may be eligible for an M&S Fellowship.

Next Steps


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PROFESSOR


Name:

Mark Scerbo Ph.D. (Human Factors)


Location:

346A MILLS GODWIN BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4217


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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