4 credits

Professor Alan Hedge (

Course Description

This course covers ergonomics methods and techniques and their application to the design of modern work environments. Emphasis is also placed on understanding key concepts. Coverage includes conceptual frameworks for ergonomic analysis, systems methods and processes, a repertoire of ergonomics methods, and techniques for the analysis of work activities and work systems.

Course Objectives

This course aims to familiarize students with the ergonomics information necessary for analyzing and redesigning modern work conditions. Upon completion of this course the student should:

1.understand contextual models of ergonomics and their impact on the choice of analytical methods.

2.develop a repertoire of skills associated with ergonomic measurement methods and analytical techniques.

3. understand how to conduct an ergonomic analysis and frame ergonomic recommendations for a modern work environment problem.

Course Format

The course meets twice each week for a total of four hours. Three hours will be spent with students on DEA4700, and one hour will be solely for graduate students. This time is used for a combination of seminar discussion and class work. Where appropriate, guest speakers may contribute to the course. Class readings are assigned. In addition to 4700 requirements, course performance is assessed using a semester project.


Detailed guidance on the semester projects is given in the course. The 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: 75% DEA4700 grade; 25% semester project.