10 Units

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: Worker: * Psychological models of ergonomics, * Work physiology, * Anatomy and biomechanics in ergonomics, * Anthropometry. Workstation: * Task analysis, workspace and workstation design and the workplace * Ergonomic assessment of the work environment, Organisation: * Work organisation and ergonomics,

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

By the end 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:

  1. An introduction to the scope of ergonomics;
  2. Physical environmental factors, heat, light and vibration and their measurement;
  3. Psychological abilities relating to memory, perception of danger, attention and boredom and their relevance to work design and organisation;
  4. Anthropometrics as related to the work environment.
  5. Task analysis, workspace and workstation design in the workplace.
  6. The physiology of work
  7. Anatomy and biomechanics in relation to ergonomics.
  8. Physiological, psycho-social and organisational aspects of shiftwork;
  9. Impact of ergonomic issues on work attitude, culture and organisation.
Replacing Course(s) n/a
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge n/a
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Examination: On-line - On-line test - assessment 1
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 2
  • Examination: Formal - Examination
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution - Online discussion
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Compulsory Program Component: Prior successful completion of OHSE6010 and OHSE6020.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for OHSE6040

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