Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will study biological and psychological evidence and associated ergonomics principles concerning human capacities and limitations relevant to the design of equipment and 'plant', work tasks, workstations and the physical workplace environment. You will learn to understand the interface between humans and their environments, human capabilities and work demands, and apply principles of ergonomics and human factors to achieve effective work performance and good occupational health and safety outcomes.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorVictoria Weale

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse aspects of human physical and psychological capacities, including limitations, and their impact on safely and efficiency.
02. Reflect critically on hazards arising from the design of work processes, workstations, and equipment.
03. Critically analyse the efficacy of workplace interventions integrating evidence-based theoretical knowledge and practical ergonomics assessment skills.
04. Evaluate work processes, workstation and plant design using ergonomic principles and communicate recommendations for improvement.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, LTU Term 4, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorVictoria Weale

Class requirements

Problem Based LearningWeek: 30 - 35
One 4.00 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 35 and delivered via online.
Online learning package, comprising 6 modules, each equivalent to a 4 hour lecture.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 35
One 2.00 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 35 and delivered via online.
Participation in online topic discussions, equivalent of 12 hours of tutorials.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2,000 word assignment with presentation

N/AAssignmentIndividualYes50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Participation in online discussions (equivalent to 1000 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

2 x online quizzes, each equivalent to 750 words (1500 words in total)

N/AQuizzesIndividualYes40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4