UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANHB5455 Applied Anatomy for Ergonomics

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit covers the basics of musculoskeletal anatomy relevant to the understanding of good workplace design and vulnerability to injury. It examines the microscopic and gross structure of organ systems supporting vital functions and the interface between the environment and the body, such as those of the respiratory system. It also provides practical instruction in the techniques of measurement of the body (anthropometry) which optimise the fit of the workplace to the worker.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) become familiar with the location of, and are able to name, the major skeletal elements of the body and their landmarks on the body surface; (2) become familiar with the major muscle groups of the body and their actions; (3) explain the links between the gross and tissue structure of the vital systems of the body (respiratory, cardiovascular) and their vulnerability to environmental insult; (4) explain the links between the gross and tissue structure of the special sensory systems of the body (vision, hearing) and their vulnerability to environmental insult; (5) become aware of the contribution of anthropometry to good workplace design, the standardised conventions for the measurement of the body in the ergonomic context and the various normative data sets against which the data obtained can be evaluated; and (6) conduct a basic anthropometric assessment.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a number of presentations that relate aspects of the microscopic musculoskeletal and whole body anatomy to workplace challenges ; (2) a unit workbook assessment; and (3) a final laboratory test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Mr Jason Kiely
Unit rules
Advisable prior study: some basic reading on the structure of the human body
Contact hours lectures: 10 x 1 hour; labs/tutorial sessions: 10 x 2 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANHB5455/SEM-1/2017
Note This unit commences in the fourth week of semester and the arrangement of sessions depends on the requirements of participants and the coordinator.

There is no specific text recommmended for this unit, however, depending on the level of previous study, any Anatomy and Physiology text is a good place to start. Students may need more detailed regional anatomy texts to prepare for laboratory classes and assignments.

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