SSEH5687 Physical Ergonomics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit covers topics such as manual handling, epidemiology and accident statistics, worker physical assessments, occupational overuse syndrome, office and computer ergonomics, thermal regulation, slips and falls, effects of vibration and noise, and occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation.
Students are able to (1) be aware of the range and diversity of the field of ergonomics; (2) systematically analyse tasks from biomechanical, motor control and physiological approaches; (3) understand the basic legislation concerns in industry (in the Australian jurisdiction); and (4) have a basic understanding of, and be able to find, epidemiological data on workplace injury and disease.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a final examination; (2) a seminar presentation; and (3) major group assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tim Ackland
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330)
the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Advisable prior study:
foundation courses in human anatomy and biomechanics
SSEH3387 Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics in Industry (formerly HMES3387 Human Performance in Industry)
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]

Kroemer, K. H. E. Fitting the Task to the Human: a Textbook of Occupational Ergonomics, 6th edn: Taylor & Francis 2009

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