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Term: Summer term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Patrick Breysse
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:
  • Myrna C. Callison
  • Kelsey McCoskey

Introduces the fundamental principles of ergonomics, including terminology, concepts, and applications of physiology, anthropometry, biomechanics, psychology, and engineering to work place and work methods design. Emphasizes the complex relationships among workers, job demands, work place designs, and work methods. Prepares students for advanced study in safety science, industrial hygiene, injury prevention, industrial engineering, and safety and health management.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify ergonomic risk factors, select the appropriate assessment tool and conduct a detailed ergonomic risk assessment
Identify and analyze the biomechanical aspects of a manual material handling task and develop design recommendations to reduce the risk of injury
Evaluate an office work area for ergonomic concerns and provide design recommendations to improve performance and reduce injury risk
Assess a work-rest schedule and develop recommendations based on the physical demands of the task, worker characteristics and environmental conditions 5
Discuss the applicability of various standardized ergonomic assessment tools, including OWAS, RULA, REBA, and the Strain Index
Discuss various program management issues and the value-added of an integrated ergonomics program

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on assignments, and mid-term and final exams.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 06/03/2013 - Wed 06/12/2013
  • Monday 8:00 - 11:50
  • Tuesday 8:00 - 11:50
  • Wednesday 8:00 - 11:50
  • Thursday 8:00 - 11:50
  • Friday 8:00 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 1
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail