3 credits

Professor Alan Hedge (

Course Description

This course covers a wide variety of ergonomics methods and techniques. It shows how they are used in the design of modern work environments. Stdeunts will learn key concepts in ergonomic methods. Coverage includes a systematic process for conducting an ergonomic analysis, and familiarization with a repertoire of ergonomics methods, and techniques used to analyze work activities and work systems.

Course Objectives

This course aims to provide a sound base of ergonomics information necessary for analyzing and redesigning modern work conditions. Students will be familiarized with current analysis methods, such as observation methods, checklists, surveys, occupational health data, etc. Upon completion of this course the student should: familiar with contextual models of ergonomics and be able to chhose appropriate analytical methods for different problem situations.

2. acquire skills by using ergonomic measurement methods and analytical techniques.

3. be familiar with how to conduct an ergonomic analysis and howw to frame ergonomic recommendations for a modern work environment problem.

Course Format

The course meets twice each week for a total of three hours. This time is used for a lectures, demonstrations and class exercises. Class readings are assigned. Course performance is assessed using three project homeworks, a midterm and a final examination.

Project Homeworks

Guidance on each project homeworks is given in the course. Each project will be conducted in a "real world" setting and will demonstrate the application of a specific ergonomic method.

Grading Scheme:

The following grading scheme is used: 70% Exams (1 midterm prelim - 30%, 1 final exam, part-cumulative - 40%); 30% Homework (3 assignments worth 10% each).