Contact & Location


Psychology & Communications Studies

Physical Address:
Student Health Center (832 Ash St.)
2nd Floor & Basement
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710


Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Study Guide

The basic knowledge exam will include test items from the following courses: 
  • ME 409 - Human Factors Engineering
  • PSYC 325/525 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 444 - Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 446 - Engineering Psychology
  • PSYC 550 - Training and Skill Acquisition
  • PSYC 552 - Ergonomics and Biomechanics
  • PSYC 561 - Human Factors Design
  • PSYC 562 - Advanced Human Factors
Questions for each course will take 15 minutes to complete.


Item formats will vary. 

  • Multiple choice
  • Fill-in-the-blank
  • Short answer
  • Essay answers

All are possible. Expect a mix of item types. 


  • Unfortunately, no study guide will ever be complete. This guide is no exception. The challenge is to provide directions that promote the acquisition of knowledge and understanding.

  • A common concern among faculty members is that study guides will limit students’ studying rather than expand it. The intent of the comprehensive exam is to ensure students have, as the degree suggests, mastered the basics of the discipline.

  • In preparation for the exam, review each course and identify the broad topic areas.

      • For example, work-related musculoskeletal disorders would be a broad topic in Ergonomics and Biomechanics. From these broad areas, list the relative sub-components.

      • Within the broad area of mental workload, for example, you could list the various measurement methods with their relative strengths and weaknesses. Address each of the major topics in the various classes in the same way. 
      • Course syllabi and exams are excellent ways of identifying the broad topic areas. Contrast the topics on the syllabi and exams with the Table of Contents in the textbook. It is reasonable to expect that the time spent discussing a topic in class would be reflected in the number of items asked about it. 
      • Studying for comprehensive exams can be a challenging process. You may want to study in groups or work with other students via email. Independent of how you study, you are ultimately responsible for your performance. Take deliberate steps to ensure that you master the material.


  • The faculty members or their appointees will grade the exam.
  • Your grades for each course will be averaged to produce a final grade.
  • You must pass the exam with a minimum of 70% overall average before proceeding to the applied portion.