October 14 - October 21, 2024

Course Overview

This course aims to:

Provide a broad-based introduction to ergonomic principles and their application in the design of work,

equipment and the workplace. Consideration is given to musculo-skeletal disorders, manual handling,

ergonomic aspects of the environment as well as to the social and legal aspects.

Learning Outcomes

On completing this course successfully, the student will be able to:

• apply ergonomic principles to the creation of safer, healthier and more efficient and effective activities in the workplace;

• conduct ergonomic risk assessments;

• develop appropriate control measures for ergonomic risk factors;

• describe work-related causes of musculo-skeletal disorders;

• design a workplace according to good ergonomic principles;

• assess ergonomic aspects of the working environment and work organisation

Course Content

Normally run as a 5 day taught course [minimum 45 hours including lectures, tutorials,

practical/demonstration sessions, guided reading, overnight questions and examination].

There will be a 40 short answer question “open book” examination with an allowed time of 120 minutes.


Topic Title Time Allocation
1 Overview of Ergonomics 20%
2 Ergonomics Methods & Techniques 20%
3 Musculo-skeletal Disorders 20%
4 Workplace, Job and Product Design 20%
5 Relevant Physical Factors of the Work Environment 10%
6 Standards and Social Aspects 10%