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.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorVictoria Weale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Evaluate and communicate on a range of issues relating to ergonomics principles of work, workstation and plant design.

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02. Identify, assess and evaluate and reflect critically on hazards that arise from the design of workstations and tools.

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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.

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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

Online, 2020, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorVictoria Weale

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week and delivered via online.
"Online learning package, comprising 12 modules, each equivalent to a 2-hour lecture."

One 1.0 hours tutorial per week and delivered via online.
"Participation in online topic discussions, equivalent of 12 hours of tutorials."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 2,500-word written reportHurdle: A mark of at least 50% must be attained for the report50 01, 02, 03, 04
participation in online discussions (equivalent to 500 words)10 01, 02, 03
six online quizzes, each equivalent to 250 words Hurdle: At least 3 online quizzes must be satisfactorily completed # a pass mark achieved. 40 01, 02, 03, 04