DEA 651: Human Factors: Ergonomics, Anthropometrics & Biomechanics

4 credits

Professor Alan Hedge (

Course Description

This course extends the breadth and depth of coverage of DEA 325. Coverage includes discussion of published journal articles on ergonomic design and human factors analysis of ergonomic risks in the workplace.

Course Objectives

This course aims to develop the student's ability to critically appraise knowledge of human factors as this applies to product design and to workplace design. Upon completion of this course the student should:

1. Be familiar with some important papers on the fundaments of human factors/ergonomics.

2. Be able to critically apply human factors/ergonomics methodology to the design of products.

3. Be able to critically apply human factors/ergonomics methodology to the design of workplaces.

4. Be able to review literature on human factors problems.

Course Format

The course meets for DEA 325 classes and once each week for an additional hour. This time is used for a combination of discussion, practical exercises, and review work. Readings are assigned prior to classes.

Semester Project:

For this project students prepare a report on a human factors/ergonomics project. A list of possible topics is provided early in the semester. Students wishing to suggest alternatives can agree these with the instructor. The project report is between 2,500 and 5,000 words written in journal format, details of which are provided. Further guidance is given in class.

Grading Scheme:

The following grading scheme is used. Performance is assessed relative to the course objectives: 75% DEA 325 grade (assessed as specified for DEA 325); 25% Semester Project.