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MM4ECS Practical Ergonomics Investigation (by distance learning)
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  13/14

Total Credits: 30

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Only available for candidates recruited directly by the School.

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Full Year Assessed by end of Designated Period 

Prerequisites: Completion of either MM4EAW or MM4HIS. Equivalent experience from an ergonomics course recognised by the Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors or International Ergonomics Association. To have access to suitable work environments for the practical assignments.

MnemTitle
MM4EAW Ergonomics Application in the Workplace (by distance learning) 
MM4EIO Ergonomics in Work Organisations 
MM4ERM Ergonomics Methods 
MM4HIS Human Factors in Interactive Systems 

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The aims of the individual project are broadly: to enhance understanding in an area of relevance to the course, and to develop skills applicable in a wide range of circumstances. The student is expected to develop skills in research, investigation, planning, scheduling, evaluation and written communication. The project may be undertaken on any topic which is relevant to ergonomics and human factors that is agreed by the Course Director. Collaboration with business, industry, and other outside bodies is actively encouraged. This module is designed to be undertaken by employees in any organisation who can apply ergonomics in their work. The candidates will apply the material and ideas from previous ergonomics studies to a real ergonomics investigation of value to their organisation.

Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed
Further Activity Details:
The course is delivered by distance learning. Candidates will have defined email and telephone access to a tutor, and tutorial support (either on-line or at Nottingham). Material from the tutorials will be available on Moodle.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 Project plan 
Coursework 2 95 Project report 

Convenor: 
Dr D Golightly

Education Aims:  This module aims to enhance understanding in an area of relevance to the course and to develop skills applicable in a wide range of circumstances. The student is expected to develop skills in research, investigation, planning, scheduling, evaluation and written communication.

Learning Outcomes:  By the end of the module students will be able to: a. Knowledge and Understanding Understand the relevant human factors principles in relation to their project The role of human factors/ergonomics applied to a specific topic The scientific literature surrounding their topic of investigation Techniques of critical analysis, testing and evaluation b. Intellectual Skills Select and apply the appropriate research methods appropriate to their project c. Professional Practical Skills Use a range of analytical, evaluation and, if appropriate, statistical methods that underpin human factors/ergonomics Research and review scientific and industrial literature Prepare a successful project report d. Transferable (Key) Skills Obtain information from scientific and industrial literature and from software systems including the internet Critically analyse and synthesise information from scientific, industrial and internet-based literature Prepare individual written reports Undertake self-directed study, including information acquisition and analysis to enable continued learning during a professional career Exhibit innovation and creativity in problem solving

Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering


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