The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Introduces the student to the scope of ergonomics and the application of ergonomic principles to workplace design and work organisation. It includes physiological, anatomical, anthropometric, psychological, environmental and management perspectives on work capacity, workplace design and work organisation.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion 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.


Major topics include:

  1. An introduction to the scope of ergonomics;
  2. the physiology of work;
  3. physical environmental factors, heat, light and vibration and their measurement;
  4. anatomy and biomechanics in relation to ergonomics
  5. anthropometrics and human physical abilities and dimensions relating to work station/tool design, manual handling and over-use syndrome;
  6. Tasks analysis, workspace and workstation design and the workplace.
  7. psychological abilities relating to memory, perception of danger, attention and boredom and their relevance to work design and organisation;
  8. physiological, psycho-social and organisational aspects of shiftwork;
  9. impact of ergonomic issues on work attitude, culture and organisation.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Written Assignment: Assessment 1