182.621.01 Introduction to Ergonomics
- Environmental Health and Engineering
- 2nd term
- 4 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2019 - 2020
- East Baltimore
- Class Times:
- Friday, 8:30 - 11:50am
No prerequisites are required.
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 Objectives:
- 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
- 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:
Journal Review 1 (15%), Journal Review 2 (15%), Mid-Term Exam (20%), Project “Putting it all Together”(25%), Final Exam (25%)
A more detailed description of all assignments will be provided in the first day of class.
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required