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Peter W Johnson
IND E 566
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Ergonomics

Basic principles of ergonomics in work environment applied to problems of worker and management. Topics include measurement of physical work capacity, problems of fatigue and heat stress, applied biomechanics, worker-machine interactions and communication, design of displays and controls. Prerequisite: basic human physiology or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with ENV H 566/NSG 508; W.

Class description

ENV H 566/ IND E 566/ NSG 508 (Three Quarter Credits). Basic principles of ergonomics in the work environment applied the worker. Topics include musculoskeletal disorders, assessing physical exposure in the workplace, workplace and work tool design, evaluating lifting and material handling activities, applied biomechanics, and implementing ergonomic programs.

Student learning goals

1. Identify and be familiar with the physical, individual and organizational factors which can contribute to musculoskeletal disorders.

2. Identify and be familiar with common musculoskeletal disorders which can result from occupational activities.

3. Identify and be familiar with the structure and anatomy of the upper extremities and low back

4. Use various assessment tools to identify and evaluate various upper extremity hazards in the workplace.

5. Use various assessment tools to identify and evaluate lifting and manual material handling activities:

6. Identify ergonomic hazards and implement solutions in office and manufacturing environments.

General method of instruction

Course lectures and with involvement of students in class discussions.

Recommended preparation

None

Class assignments and grading

Short weekly assignments applying concepts taught in class.

10% Class participation, 15% Homework, 20% Midterm Exam, 25% Research Assignment, 30% Final Exam


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Peter W Johnson
Date: 11/14/2013