Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Introduces the student to the scope of ergonomics and the application of ergonomic principles to workplace design and work organisation.

The course is organised around the following modules:


-Work physiology,

-Anatomy and biomechanics in ergonomics,



-Task analysis, workspace and workstation design and the workplace

-Ergonomic assessment of the work environment,


-Work organisation and productivity.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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. Describe and apply the principles of good ergonomic design of work areas and equipment to a range of occupational settings.

3. Assess and manage workplace ergonomic issues using an appropriate assessment strategy, incorporating the principles of the 'hierarchy of controls' in a range of occupational settings.

4. Synthesise complex information, initiate improvements and disseminate knowledge and recommendations to key stakeholders.

5. Explain the influence of ergonomic principles on human factors, work organisation and culture.

6. Practice in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

7. Access, interpret and apply evidence-based ergonomics and human factors literature to provide high-level advice.


1.       An introduction to the scope of ergonomics, information processing and human error

2.       Work physiology  

3.       Anatomy and biomechanics

4.       Anthropometrics and work

5.       Risk Management in ergonomic design

6.       Human factors and the work environment

7.       Work organisation and productivity

Assessment items

In Term Test: On-line Test 1

In Term Test: On-line Test 2

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussions

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Online 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

This course involves self directed study and 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