IDEA 305: Design for Human Performance



2.25 Hours AIA LU


This course examines the personal and environmental factors related to general human performance tasks and design considerations for four bodies of knowledge related to human performance: anthropometry, biomechanics, perception, and cognition. Each body of knowledge is summarized and described based on its relationship to Universal Design, and specifically the four human performance-related Goals of Universal Design: body fit, comfort, awareness, and understanding.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to …

  • Identify, describe, and differentiate between each of the four bodies of knowledge in design for human performance.
  • Give examples of how each of the four bodies of knowledge is necessary to ensure safety and accessibility.
  • Describe how each of the four bodies of knowledge in design for human performance contributes to positive emotional responses.
  • Explain the difference between ergonomic design based on the bell curve and using universal design to enable equitable access by all users.


Students must create a account and purchase the course. Access to this course begins immediately.

To complete this course, students must complete approximately 2.25 hours of work anytime during a 1-year window of availability. Specifically, students must:

  1. Read “Design for Human Performance” (Chapter 5, approximately 17,500 words) in the textbook: Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (sold separately in print and e-book format at Wiley and Amazon).
  2. Correctly answer at least 10 out of 14 multiple-choice test questions within a single 28-minute session.

A certificate of completion will be provided on the course website following successful completion. Access certificates for expired courses anytime on the My Profile page.

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Additional information

AIA Credit Type



Test Only


2.25-4.75 Hours




Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

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