Introduces the student to the scope of ergonomics and the application of ergonomic principles to workplace design and work organisation.
The course is organised in modules:
-Psychological models of ergonomics,
-Anatomy and biomechanics in ergonomics,
-Task analysis, workspace and workstation design and the workplace
-Ergonomic assessment of the work environment,
-Work organisation and ergonomics.
- Semester 1 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Identify, explain and evaluate the impact of various personal attributes (anatomical, physiological, anthropometric and psychological) on proper safe working practice;
2. Assess the effect of physical environment 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.
Major topics include:
- An introduction to the scope of ergonomics;
- Physical environmental factors, heat, light and vibration and their measurement;
- Psychological abilities relating to memory, perception of danger, attention and boredom and their relevance to work design and organisation;
- Anthropometrics as related to the work environment.
- Task analysis, workspace and workstation design in the workplace.
- The physiology of work
- Anatomy and biomechanics in relation to ergonomics.
- Physiological, psycho-social and organisational aspects of shiftwork;
- Impact of ergonomic issues on work attitude, culture and organisation.
Pre-requisite - successful completion of OHSE6010 and OHSE6020
In Term Test: On-line Test
Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignment
Formal Examination: Exam
Online Learning Activity: Online Discussions
Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
This course involves self directed study + involvement in an email discussion group with discussion relating to the various modules of the course. Students are required to spend on average 120-140 hours of effort or total load