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MM4EAW Ergonomics Application in the Workplace (by distance learning)
(Last Updated:14 June 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 30

Level: Level 4

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

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Designated Period 

Prerequisites: a)To show commitment to the distance learning programme through written application and telephone and personal interview. b) To have access to suitable work environments for the practical assignments.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module is specially designed to be undertaken by employees in any organisation who can apply ergonomics in their work. It has been produced to define the background to the subject and also enough operational detail to allow candidates to apply the knowledge gained at their work, whether during the module or subsequently in real situations. The distance learning format means that most of the material and specified reading can be undertaken by the student in their own time, but with defined (if limited) access to and support from the university staff. The module topics include: introduction to ergonomics; the body at work; anthropometry; simple biomechanics; workplace design; work seating; work related upper limb disorders; manual handling; display screen equipment; effects of environmental factors; influence of work organisation. Module Web Links:
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  • Method and Frequency of Class:
    Specific Activities are not listed
    Further Activity Details:
    Module taught by distance learning. Candidates will have access to the course convenors via email and telephone. Students will have up to two tutorials at Nottingham if they wish but students unable to attend will be provided with all the information provided to those attending. Tutors will be drawn from academic or experienced research staff.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Coursework 1 35 2,000 words. 
    Coursework 2 35 2,000 words. 
    Coursework 3 30 2 or 3 Applied workplace activities 

    Dr S Atkinson

    Education Aims:  This module aims to to provide students with an understanding of the key issues related to workplace ergonomics and work design and provide opportunites to put learning into practice.

    Learning Outcomes:  

    It is expected that successful completion of this module will equip you with the following skills (mapping on to the overall course learning outcomes):

    1. Knowledge and understanding of

  • the role of human factors /ergonomics applied to the design of products, workplaces, jobs and systems
  • the scientific principles that underpin the anatomical, physiological, biomechanical and engineering foundations of human factors, together with the psychological, environmental and organisational influences on them
  • the scientific literature relevant to human factors.

    2. Intellectual skills

  • select and apply the appropriate strategies and techniques for solving human factors questions
  • evaluate alternative designs with respect to ergonomics requirements
  • critically appreciate and synthesise information from a broad range of sources to aid decision making
  • plan an investigation in a field situation.

    3. Professional practical skills

  • apply a range of analytical and evaluation methods which underpin human factors/ergonomics
  • evaluate products, workplaces, jobs and systems in relation to performance, quality, safety, satisfaction and well-being
  • research and review scientific and industrial literature
  • prepare a technical report.

    4. 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.

    Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

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