OHSE Ergonomics and Human Factors - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam - Online exam (35%) , Online Discussion - Online Discussion (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,040.00
International 3,280.00

This advanced unit covers the discipline of Ergonomics and Human Factors, as it applies to ergonomic risks in organisations, emphasising the principles of designing user-centred, human-machine-environment systems. Topics cover physical, cognitive and organisational ergonomics, and include anthropometry, manual tasks, work design, human error, cognitive aspects and human factors, and the process of ergonomic assessment.

Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of specific human factors and ergonomic hazards to the analysis nad design of work and work systems
  2. Apply knowledge of the inter-relationships of the workplace, workplace systems, environment and people adn its impact on health and safety
  3. Assess the risk of injury/illness and assess factors that impede workplace performance adn sustainablity using human factors and ergonomics tools and/or methods
  4. Evaluate and recommend appropriate changes in work design to optimise the fit between human, work and organisational factors in order to minimise risks to health and safety and improve organisational performance and sustainability.
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Online exam (35%)
  • Online Discussion — Online Discussion (25%)
  • Report1 — Ergonomics Assessment Report (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • OHS612 — OHSE Ergonomics and Human Factors

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Ergonomics and human factors
2Anthropometry and work-station design
3Manual tasks
4Human information processing
5Controls and displays
6Psychosocial hazards
7Human Error, Incidents adn Safety
8Work-system design
9Shift work and fatigue
10Office ergonomics

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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