hbs5msd musculoskeletal disorders




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Occupational ergonomists are expected to have particular expertise in the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, which are among the most common and costly workplace problems, both in Australia and elsewhere. This subject enables students to develop their understanding of the aetiology and preventative measures for these injuries/disorders, which are categorised here as: (a) traumatic injuries stemming from slips, trips or falls; (b) traumatic injuries stemming from acute exposures to physical stressors of other kinds; and (c) cumulative injuries that are typically due to combinations of various physical and psychosocial hazards.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJodi Oakman

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites For students in the following courses: HMESHD - Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health OR HMERGD - Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health: HBS5WDH, HBS5ERG and HBS5OHA are prerequisites. However can be taken as elective by students enrolled in other programs


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Can be taken as stand alone subject by students outside course, some additional readings will be supplied.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Be able to communicate clearly and effectively on a range of issues relating to MSDs.

Reports. Discussions.

02. Be able to critically evaluate evidence on a range of topics relating to development of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.


03. Explain issues associated with slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

Reports. Discussion.

04. Develop proposals for interventions to reduce the incidence of MSDs based on an evidence informed process.


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2015, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJodi Oakman

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning
One 3.0 hours problem based learning per week and delivered via online.
"Online learning package comprising six modules, each equivalent to three hours of face-to-face teaching per week."

One 1.0 hours tutorial per week and delivered via online.
"Students will participate in online topic discussions, equivalent to 13 hours of tutorials."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 2,500-word reportHurdle: Must achieve a pass mark or higher for both reports4001
one 2,500-word written reportHurdle: must achieve a pass mark or higher for both written reports.4502
one 300-word reflective piece of work503
participation in online discussions1004