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C84EWH Ergonomics, work design, health and safety
(Last Updated:06 September 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students registered on postgraduate courses in the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations.   Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: degree in psychology, or other relevant subject with permission from the Head of Institute.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The module discusses several contemporary issues in ergonomics, safety and health, including accidents and musculo-skeletal disorders. In addtion this module will explore issues in Human Factors, such as the perceptual, cognitive and actions involved in dealing with equipment within varying organisational contexts

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 8 weeks1 per week4 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Contact time: 18 hours self-managed learning groups: 10 hours Personal study: 72 hours

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100 1 x 2hr Exam 

Dr A Santos

Education Aims:  AIMS: This module introduces the principles and practice of occupational ergonomics in relation to issues of health & safety at work and to develop students' knowledge base around particular issues in Human Factors. It draws attention both to its status as a design science and to the contribution of systems thinking in its development. OBJECTIVES: On completion of this module, students should be able to: * define and discuss the nature of ergonomics in relation to work, health and safety * describe the basic principles which underpin the discipline and its application to health and safety * understand the relevance of the approach to dealing with specific occupational health & safety issues at the workplace eg accidents * gain an understanding of the impact of Human Factors within organisations and its relation to organisational health & safety; * gain an appreciation of how human factors considerations need to be applied particularly in safety and mission critical system

Learning Outcomes:  Transferable skills include: Cognitive Skills: problem-solving, analysis & synthesis, critical evaluation, self-evaluation, independent learning and group learning. Practical Skills: time management, library research and computer literature searches. Professional Skills: team work, oral communication, written communication, professional/ethical conduct and client-focused reporting.

Offering School:  Medicine

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