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MM4HFC Human Factors in Context
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 30

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students registered in the MSc in Applied Ergonomics by Distance Learning

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Designated Period 


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:  This module covers the following topics: Responding to an Invitation to Tender; codes of practice within organisations; ethical issues; legislation, standards and competencies when applying ergonomics; presentation skills; practical ergonomics tasks within organisations. Module Web Links:
  • Moodle
  • Method and Frequency of Class:
    Specific Activities are not listed
    Further Activity Details:
    Delivered by Distance Learning

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Coursework 1 10 1,000 Outline Proposal 
    Coursework 2 80 9, 000 Full Proposal 
    Presentation 1 10 15 minute voiceover presentation 

    Professor G Burnett

    Education Aims:  To provide theory, evidence and practice to support the professional practice of ergonomics within the workplace. To understand and appreciate the need for codes of practice, ethical issues, legislation and competencies when applying ergonomics.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of the module students will be able to:

    a. Knowledge and Understanding

    The role of human factors/ergonomics applied to the design of products, workplaces, jobs and systems

    The scientific principles that underpin human factors, including the relevant psychological,

    physiological, biomechanical, engineering, environmental, organisational sociological and anthropological foundations

    The scientific literature from disciplines relevant to human factors

    Techniques of critical analysis, testing and evaluation

    The behaviour of people in socio-technical systems

    b. Intellectual Skills

    Analyse and design products, workplaces, jobs and socio-technical systems to suit the needs, capabilities and limitations of people C

    ritically appreciate and synthesise information from a broad range of sources to aid decision making

    c. Professional Practical Skills

    Use a range of analytical, evaluation and statistical methods which underpin human factors/ergonomics

    Design products, workplaces, jobs and systems taking into account user and task requirements and constraints

    Evaluate products, workplaces, jobs and systems in relation to performance, quality, safety, satisfaction and well-being

    Apply ergonomics standards in a range of work contexts

    Research and review scientific and industrial literature

    Prepare technical reports

    Prepare and deliver technical presentations

    Plan, schedule, project manage and execute an in-depth investigation

    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

    Exhibit planning and project management skills with respect to time, cost and resources

    Prepare individual written reports and oral presentations

    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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