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. Specific topics include: anthropometry, work postures and movements, static and dynamic loads, metabolic and cardio-respiratory capacities, and human perceptual and information processing performance characteristics. The aim is to understand some of the key ergonomics requirements 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 ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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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. Evaluate and communicate on a range of issues relating to ergonomics principles of work, workstation and plant design.
02. Identify, assess and evaluate and reflect critically on hazards that arise from the design of workstations and tools.
03. Analyse and describe aspects of human physical and psychological capacities, including limitations, and the effects that these have on the ability to work safety and efficiently.
04. Critically analyse the efficacy of workplace interventions using evidence based theoretical knowledge and practical ergonomics assessment skills.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorVictoria Weale

Class requirements

Problem Based LearningWeek: 0 - 0
One 2.00 h problem based learning per week from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via online.
Online learning package, comprising 12 modules, each equivalent to a 2-hour lecture.

TutorialWeek: 0 - 0
One 1.00 h tutorial per week from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via online.
Participation in online topic discussions, equivalent of 12 hours of tutorials.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
one 2,500-word written report Hurdle: A mark of at least 50% must be attained for the reportN/AN/AN/AYes50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
participation in online discussions (equivalent to 500 words)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
six online quizzes, each equivalent to 250 words Hurdle: At least 3 online quizzes must be satisfactorily completed a pass mark achieved.N/AN/AN/AYes40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4