Human Factors & Cognitive Psychology Doctoral Program Handbook


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Human Factors & Cognitive Psychology Doctoral Program Handbook
Last updated August 8, 2018

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome ...................................................................................................................................... 4 1. Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 5
About Human Factors & Cognitive Psychology ......................................................... 5 Contact Information ............................................................................................................ 5 Additional Student Resources ......................................................................................... 6 2. Mission Statement............................................................................................................. 7 3. Advising and Mentoring .................................................................................................... 8 Expectations of Doctoral Students ................................................................................ 8 Changing Academic Advisors........................................................................................... 8 4. Degree Requirements ....................................................................................................... 9 A. Course Requirements .................................................................................................. 9
Doctoral Program in Human Factors & Cognitive Psychology Required Courses................................................................................................................................. 9 Total Hours Required for Ph.D. — 75 credit hours ............................................. 9 B. Competency Requirements....................................................................................... 12 Table 1. Professional Activity/Competency Requirements............................. 12 C. Timeline for Completion of Degree Program: 5 Year Schedule ................ 20 Doctoral Program Courses (Psychophysiology):................................................ 20 Doctoral Program Courses (Neuroanatomical Basis of Psychological Functions):........................................................................................................................ 22 Doctoral Program Courses – Neuroscience Concentration:........................... 24 D. Graduate Research: Doctoral Dissertation......................................................... 26 Program Guidelines ....................................................................................................... 26 Dissertation Committee Composition ..................................................................... 27 E. Time Limitation and Deadlines for Dissertation Completion ...................... 28 F. Masters of Arts (en Route)....................................................................................... 28 5. Departmental Policies ..................................................................................................... 28 A. Student Rights and Responsibilities..................................................................... 28 B. Academic Progress and Performance .................................................................. 29 Review of Academic Performance............................................................................ 29 Graduate Status GPA .................................................................................................... 29 Probationary Status and Dismissal ......................................................................... 30 Maximum Hours of Unsatisfactory Grades ........................................................... 32 Incomplete Grades ........................................................................................................ 32 Academic Honesty and Ethics ................................................................................... 33 C. Full Time Enrollment & Continuous Attendance.............................................. 34 D. Special Leave of Absence ........................................................................................ 35 E. Readmission .................................................................................................................. 35 F. Restricted Registration .............................................................................................. 35 G. Transfer Coursework ................................................................................................. 36 H. Incomplete Grades ..................................................................................................... 37 I. Withdrawal Policy ......................................................................................................... 37 J. Petitions and Grievances ........................................................................................... 37 Petitions of Graduation Requirements Procedures............................................ 38 6. Professional Development ......................................................................................... 39

3 Work Policy ......................................................................................................................39 Special Award Recognition ......................................................................................... 40 UCF professional development programs ............................................................. 42 7. Financial Support .............................................................................................................. 44 International Students ..................................................................................................... 45 Assistantships and Tuition Waivers............................................................................. 45 GTA Training Requirements ........................................................................................... 46 GTA Performance Appraisal............................................................................................ 46 8. Graduation ........................................................................................................................... 46 9. Miscellaneous...................................................................................................................... 47 Student Support Services ............................................................................................... 49 10. Forms .................................................................................................................................. 50 Transfer Request Form .................................................................................................... 50 Traveling Scholar Form .................................................................................................... 51 Time Conflict (College Form)......................................................................................... 51 Dissertation Committee Approval Form (College Form)..................................... 51 Committee Composition: ............................................................................................ 51 Graduate Petition Form.................................................................................................... 51 Graduate Student Intent to Graduate Form ............................................................ 52 Appendix A. Specialty Training Emphasis/Research Labs & Opportunities ..... 53 Other Research Opportunities available: .................................................................. 57 Appendix B. HFC Faculty and Staff ................................................................................ 58

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Welcome
Welcome to the Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology (HFC) Ph.D. Program! You are about to embark on a great intellectual adventure, one that will be demanding but, we hope, rewarding. You will find many opportunities to self-actualize in this program. Be sure you maintain your focus on learning as much as you can about psychological theory and research, both in the classroom and especially in your laboratory research with your advisor.
Like most rigorous Ph.D. programs in psychology, the HFC program follows the apprenticeship model, in which the student is trained in the skills of research and scholarship by an advisor who works closely with him or her. Our program also follows the APA ‘scientist-practitioner’ model, in which the goal is to train our graduates in the science of human factors and cognitive psychology and also to train them to apply the science to improve humantechnology interaction.
Like most things in life, how much you gain from graduate school varies directly with how much effort you put into it. If you work hard, remain focused on your research program with your advisor, and make the most of the opportunities in our Program, you will do well both at UCF and after graduation.
Good luck in your scholarly endeavors,
James L. Szalma, Ph.D. Associate Professor Director, Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. Program Department of Psychology

5 1. Introduction
The UCF Graduate Catalog is the University’s official record of graduate policies. In any case where this handbook appears to disagree with the Graduate Catalog, the Graduate Catalog is the final authority. The Graduate Catalog may be accessed via the UCF website at:
http://www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/
About Human Factors & Cognitive Psychology
The fields of Applied Experimental Psychology, Human Factors, and Ergonomics adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the interaction between humans and the environment, including systems, products, people, and procedures. Human Factors, as one of the core disciplines of the track, is a science that adds the human into the equation to make life easier, safer and more enjoyable by applying psychological theory and research to human-centered design. A well known Human Factors textbook describes the field in the following quotation.
“Human factors is the application of scientific knowledge and principles to the design of products, systems, and/or environments. The goal of human factors is making the human interaction with systems one that: reduces error, increases productivity, enhances safety, and enhances comfort. Human Factors then involves the study of factors and development of tools that facilitate the achievement of these goals” (Wickens, Gordon, and Liu, 1998, p. 2).
As scientific disciplines, Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology overlap with areas such as Engineering Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Cognitive Engineering, Ergonomics, and Industrial Engineering. Human Factors researchers and practitioners work in areas such as automation, cognition, decision-making, display processing, human-computer interaction, physiology, safety and human error, sensation and perception, sensory systems, stress, workload, training, transportation, and workspace design.
Contact Information
Department Chair: Florian Jentsch, Ph.D.
Telephone: 407-823-3576 e-mail: [email protected]
Program Director: James L. Szalma, Ph.D.
Telephone: 407-823-0920 e-mail: [email protected]
HFC Program Assistant: To-Be-Determined
Telephone: 407-823-4601 e-mail:

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College of Sciences Academic Services - Graduate Office Phone: (407) 823-6131 E-mail: [email protected]
Dr. Michael Johnson Dean Phone: 407-823-3491 E-mail: [email protected]
Dr. Tosha Dupras Interim Associate Dean Director of Graduate Services COSAS Phone: 407-267-3384 E-mail:[email protected]
Tonya Walker Coordinator of Graduate Services COSAS Phone: 407-823-3898 E-mail: [email protected]
Additional Student Resources
 UCF Graduate Catalog http://www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/
 COS Graduate Website for Students http://graduate.cos.ucf.edu
 UCF Graduate Website for Students http://www.graduate.ucf.edu
 Academic Calendar: http://www.ucf.edu/info/acad_calendar.php
 Library http://library.ucf.edu/
 Graduate Student Association http://www.gsa.graduate.ucf.edu/
 University Writing Center http://www.uwc.ucf.edu/
 The Counseling Center http://counseling.sdes.ucf.edu/

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2. Mission Statement
A Ph.D. professional degree track in Human Factors & Cognitive (HFC) Psychology is offered to those with a baccalaureate or master’s degree in psychology or an allied area. The track seeks to develop the capacity to design, conduct, and apply applied experimental and human factors research in a variety of professional settings. It is patterned on the scientistpractitioner model of the American Psychological Association (APA) and adheres to guidelines established by the committee for Education and Training of APA’s Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology). The track has been accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES).
Students receive training in the content and techniques of human factors psychology-including statistical and quantitative procedures, experimental design, survey methods, computer techniques, and other research methodologies. Students also select a concentration area, which they complete as part of their required elective coursework. Examples include human-computer interaction, human-machine-environment interface, human performance, human factors in simulation and training, cognitive neuroscience, or other areas of interest with advisor authorization. In addition to the course requirements students must demonstrate their knowledge and skills by completing the five competency domains. Finally, a dissertation representing a significant research contribution to the field is required.
Consistent with the Department’s Mission Statement, the HFC Doctoral Program’s overall goals are to:
1) Train and educate leaders in Psychology at the doctoral level within the scientist-practitioner tradition
2) Facilitate the exploration and understanding of the complexity of human behavior while expanding our collective knowledge base through multiple avenues (e.g., publications in scientific journals, conference presentations, teaching)
3) Strive to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through excellence in education as well as in research and practice in humantechnology interaction.
The overall philosophy that drives these goals is embodied in the policy statement that emerged from the National Conference on ScientistPractitioner Education and Training for the Professional Practice of Psychology held in Gainesville, Florida on January 16-20, 1990. The training model of the HFC Doctoral Program reflects our efforts to educate students so that they can advance psychological knowledge through research and scholarship, and to evaluate the impact of training regimens and interface designs using empirically derived methods and procedures. The model also strives to help students learn how to think critically and scientifically about problems while invoking the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct. The overall philosophy of the training program is consistent with that of the Mission Statement of the Department, the College of Sciences, the Graduate School, and the University (http://www.ucf.edu/mission/).

8 3. Advising and Mentoring
Each student entering the HFC program will be assigned an advisor who will supervise the student’s research activities and serve as a mentor to the student. Students are assigned to an advisor based on program fit and research interests. A formal relationship with an advisor must be established by the end of the first semester in the program by completing a form signed by both the student and the advisor. Subsequent changes in advisors must be accomplished by filing a petition with the Program Committee (see below). The performance of each graduate student will be evaluated annually at the beginning of the Fall semester by his/her advisor and discussed among the HFC faculty. The purpose for these evaluations is to identify areas of strength and accomplishments as well as those skills in need of further development. Students are expected to meet with their academic advisor on a regular basis to discuss their academic and professional progress.
Expectations of Doctoral Students
Graduates of the program are expected to demonstrate specific competencies in research and practice that prepare them to function independently in a variety of roles and settings relevant to the practice of HFC. Graduates are expected to independently generate new knowledge and contribute to extant knowledge in psychology through publication and presentation of original research. They also are expected to be erudite consumers of psychological and psychologically related research findings, and to have the skills to utilize this knowledge and future research findings when they become human factors professionals.
For general policies regarding students’ responsibilities, please see the section titled, ‘Student’s Responsibility’ in the Graduate Catalog, located under General Policies, at:
http://www.graduate.ucf.edu/currentGradCatalog/ > Policies > General Graduate Policies > Student Responsibilities.
Changing Academic Advisors
Some students may wish to change their advisor for a variety of reasons, a common one being a change in student research interests. In fact, the HFC faculty understands that first year students in particular may need to change advisors as they learn more about research areas and discover their professional interests. If a student wishes to change his/her faculty advisor, the student must submit a written petition to the Program Committee indicating the reason for requesting the change. Prior to submission to the Program Committee, the student MUST obtain the signatures of his/her current advisor AND the faculty member who would serve as the new advisor. Both faculty members must agree to the change. A student may not submit such a petition more than one time per academic year.

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4. Degree Requirements
Students are required to meet with the program assistant within the first two weeks of each semester to confirm that their status and progress in the program is documented accurately. This includes verifying the accuracy of their competency binder as well as the progress of ABD students toward completion of their dissertation. Note that students are responsible for ensuring that their competency binders are accurate and up to date.
A. Course Requirements
The Ph.D. is designed to be obtained in 5-6 years of full-time study from the baccalaureate level and in 2-3 years from the master’s level. (A minimum of one year full-time student status is required.) For students who enter with a baccalaureate degree, the program requires a minimum of 75 credit hours. Students who enter with a master’s degree will be granted up to 30 hours of transfer credit with approval of the program faculty, and will also be required to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours at UCF.
Doctoral Program in Human Factors & Cognitive Psychology Required Courses
Total Hours Required for Ph.D. — 75 credit hours
Required Courses—42 Credit Hours
 EXP 5256 Human Factors I (3 credit hours)  EXP 6257 Human Factors II (3 credit hours)  EXP 6258 Human Factors III (3 credit hours)  EXP 5208 Sensation and Perception (3 credit hours)  EXP 6116 Visual Performance (3 credit hours)  EXP 6255 Human Performance (3 credit hours)  EXP 6506 Human Cognition and Learning (3 credit hours)  EXP 6541 Advanced Human-Computer Interaction (3 credit hours)  INP 7089 Human Factors Professional Issues (3 credit hour)
 Either PSB 6328 Psychophysiology (3 credit hours) or PSB 6348 The Neuroanatomical Basis of Psychological Function (3 credit hours)
 PSY 7217C Advanced Research Methodology I (4 credit hours)  PSY 7218C Advanced Research Methodology II (4 credit hours)  PSY 7219C Advanced Research Methods III (4 credit hours)
Students are required to achieve a minimum grade of B- in each core curriculum course. Students who take PSB 6328 and PSB 6348 must achieve a minimum grade of B- in both courses. If students earn a C+ or lower in any core curriculum course, they will be placed on academic

10 probation and they may be required to retake the course or to complete remedial work required by the HFC committee in consultation with the student’s advisor. If students earn a C+ or lower in two or more core curriculum courses they will be subject to immediate review by the Program Committee and may be dismissed from the program. It is anticipated that in most cases earning a C+ or lower in two core curriculum courses will result in dismissal from the program.
Electives—18 Credit Hours
Students should choose electives in concentrated course groupings: for example, human-machine systems, performance measurement and evaluation, simulation and training, or quantitative methods. Other elective course groupings may be developed for the student’s specific interests. Students may choose to satisfy these elective requirements by taking courses outside the Psychology Department that can serve their multidisciplinary needs. Courses outside of the Department that have already been approved as electives are contained in the list below. A student who wishes to use courses that are not included on this list may seek approval by petitioning the HFC Faculty Committee through their academic advisor. Students may take up to (12) credit hours of Directed Research, however, it is highly recommended that they take elective courses that are related to their discipline from other graduate programs or departments at UCF. Electives may include but are not limited to the following:
 DEP 5057 Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours) (Spring Only)  DIG 5876 Quantitative Aspects of Modeling and Simulation (3 credit
hours)  DIG 6432 Transmedia Story Creation (3 credit hours) (Fall, Summer)  EIN 5248C Ergonomics (3 credit hours)  EIN 5251 Usability Engineering (3 credit hours)  EIN 5255 Interactive Simulation (3 credit hours) (Spring only)  EIN 6258 Human Computer Interaction (3 credit hours)  EME 6613 Instructional System Design (3 credit hours) (Occasional)  EME 6614 Instructional Game Design for Training and Education (3
credit hours)  EXP 5254 Human Factors and Aging (3 credit hours) (Fall Only)  EXP 6939 Teaching Seminar (3 credit hours)  IDS 6916 Simulation Research Methods and Practicum (3 credit hours)  IDS 6146 Modeling and Simulation Systems  IDS 6147 Perspectives on Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours)
(Fall only)
o May be substituted by: DIG 5875C Introduction to Modeling & Simulation (3 credit hours) (Summer only)

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