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.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRwth Stuckey

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in the following course code: HMERGD; and must have passed HBS5WDH; OR Must be admitted into a postgraduate course


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsCan be taken as elective subject by students outside the Masters of Ergonomics, Safety and Health course, some additional readings will be supplied.

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

On-Line, 2021, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRwth Stuckey

Class requirements

Problem Based LearningWeek: 0 - 0
One 3.00 h problem based learning per week from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via online.
Online learning package comprising six modules, each equivalent to three hours of face-to-face teaching per week.

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


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2,500-word report Hurdle: Must achieve a pass mark or higher for both reportsN/AN/AN/AYes40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One 2,500-word written report Hurdle: must achieve a pass mark or higher for both written reports.N/AN/AN/AYes45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One 300-word reflective piece of workN/AN/AN/ANo5 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Participation in online discussions (750 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4