Ergonomics for OHS

Course code OHSE2720Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

The course is only offered externally in Singapore.
Introduces the student to the scope of ergonomics and the application of ergonomic principles to workplace design and work organization. It includes physiological, anatomical, psychological, environmental and management perspectives on work capacity, workplace design and work organization.

Available in 2015

UoN SingaporeTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of the course students will be able to:
1. identify and evaluate the impact of various personal attributes (anatomical, physiological and psychological) on proper safe working practice;
2. assess the effect of physical environmental factors on comfort and performance;
3. apply principles of good ergonomic design of work areas and equipment to a range of occupational settings;
4. explain the influence of ergonomic principles on work organisation and culture.
ContentMajor topics include:
- An introduction to the scope of ergonomics;
- the physiology of work;
- physical environmental factors, heat, light and vibration and their measurement;
- human physical abilities and dimensions relating to work station/tool design, manual handling and over-use syndrome;
- psychological abilities relating to memory, perception of danger, attention and boredom and their relevance to work design and organisation;
- physiological, psycho-social and organisational aspects of shiftwork;
- impact of ergonomic issues on work attitude, culture and organisation.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassWorkshop Assessment Test
Assessment 2 - Meets objectives 1 & 3
Examination: ClassClass Test
Assessment 1 - Meets objectives 1 & 2
Examination: FormalMeets objectives 1, 2, 3 & 4
Contact HoursLecture: for 39 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OHSE2720