Graduate Certificate Programs

Human Systems Integration (HSI)

Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Program Description:
The human systems integration (HSI) certificate program prepares students to have a significant impact on complex tasks involving humans. It is beneficial for army officers at Ft. Leonard Wood, defense contractors in the systems engineering degree program and others wanting to specialize in HSI. In our increased threat environment, the consequences of HSI failures will become even more critical. We can no longer afford to have a token human factors specialist added to teams addressing complex military issues. A more effective comprehensive approach is to broadly educate military personnel and defense contractors and others in HSI. An increased understanding of human performance will allow for improved performance across the areas of interest which will be gained from this certificate and will result in improved survivability in response to disasters and catastrophes.

The human systems integration certificate program consists of four of five courses. Students will be responsible for prerequisite knowledge as determined by course instructors. With the prior approval of the department, appropriate courses may be substituted for a certificate course if that course is not available.

The following 3 courses are required:

  • Eng Mgt 4330: Human Factors
  • IST 5885: Human Computer Interaction
  • ENG MGT 6310: Human Systems Integration

Choose one of the following:

  • ENG MGT 5316: Safety Engineering Management
  • IST 5887: Human-Computer Interaction Evaluation

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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Eng Mgt 4330: Human Factors
An examination of human-machine systems and the characteristics of people that affect system performance. Topics include applied research methods, systems analysis, and the perceptual, cognitive, physical, and social strengths and limitations of human beings. The focus is on user-centered design technology. Prerequisite: PSYCH 1101 - General Psychology

IST 5885: Human Computer Interaction
An examination of issues and challenges related to the interaction between people and technology. The class explores the social and cognitive characteristics of people who use information systems. Students learn techniques for understanding user needs, interface prototyping, and interface evaluation. Prerequisite: PSYCH 1101 - General Psychology

ENG MGT 6310: Human Systems Integration
This course considers human system integration (HSI) in a variety of applications including systems acquisition and training, HSI tools, techniques, and procedures. Prerequisite: EMGT/PSYCH 4710 - Human Factors

ENG MGT 5316: Safety Engineering Management
This course is an introduction to the principles of safety engineering applied to industrial situations. Job safety analysis, reduction of accident rates, protective equipment, safety rules and regulations, environmental hazards, health hazards, and ergonomic hazards are covered.

IST 5887: Human-Computer Interaction Evaluation
This course covers research and analysis methods and tools for evaluation of the impact of information technology systems on humans and organizations. The focus will be on practical evaluation with the goal of providing recommendations for improving system functionality and usability. Prerequisite: Preceded or accompanied by IST 5885 - Human Computer Interaction

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.


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Bachelor's, master's or PhD degree, with a minimum of 12 months of professional employment experience, or a currently enrolled student in the graduate degree program at Missouri S&T. If you apply through engineering management, you need to meet their admission criteria; and if you apply through business administration or information science and technology, you need to meet their admission criteria.

Once admitted to the program, a student is given three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains a B average in the courses taken.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2015-16 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016)

 

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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Engineering Management (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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