Course Information Undergraduate prospectus


Course summary

Course code: OMED1163
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Shaun Lundy



The course aims to:
a) Strengthen the student's understanding of the role of ergonomics in occupational health and safety.
b) Provide the student with the knowledge and skills to enable them to undertake basic ergonomic evaluations of working environments and make suitable recommendations on the basis of those evaluations.

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, the student will have:

1. Developed a systematic understanding of the key aspects and nature of ergonomic and human factor hazards (including psychosocial issues) at work.
2. Have a coherent and detailed knowledge of health risk assessment relating to ergonomic and human factor risks.
3. The knowledge to select and apply appropriate methodology to carry out ergonomic assessments to improve overall wellbeing, prevent poor health and accidents.
4. A conceptual understanding of the range of approaches to risk reduction embodied ergonomic approaches to control and select appropriate strategies for implementation.
5. The skills to apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects relating to occupational ergonomics.
6. The ability to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgments, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to an ergonomic and human factor problems.
7. The skills to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions relating to ergonomics to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Indicative content

The course will consider both the physiological and psychological and social aspects of ergonomics.

Specific subjects will include ergonomic physiology of work, manual handling, repetitive task, effects of posture, information processing and human-machine interactions.

Techniques of ergonomic assessments including task analysis.

Anthropometrics in relation to understanding human factor physiology and its relationship to design issues and workplace health and wellbeing.

Teaching and learning activity

The learning time for a 15 credit level 6 course is approximately 150 hours and as the course is in distance learning mode this will be largely student centred.

Students will receive comprehensive study material together with supporting text books. There will be at least one intensive study school which will adopt a problem solving approach to the subject. Students will be required to carry out a practical ergonomic assessment as part the course.

Throughout the texts there will be self assessment questions [SAQs] which will be linked to the student website and will allow the students to monitor their understanding of principles, procedure and practice as they progress through the material. The answers can be monitored by tutors and feedback given. Where practical, SAQs will be interactive.


1500 word concise review of a topical ergonomic subject, 50% weighting, pass mark 40%. A report of a practical ergonomic assessment, 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.