Course Title: Occupational Ergonomics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Occupational Ergonomics

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PUBH1012

City Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PUBH1012

City Campus

Postgraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex18 (ZZZZ)

Course Coordinator: Dr Ken Osakwe / David Trembearth

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 0273

Course Coordinator Email: kennedy.osakwe@rmit.edu.au / david.trembearth@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.59

Course Coordinator Availability: Wednesday 11am - 1.00pm and by appointment through email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course examines the contributions of human factors in work, task design and health and safety. Topics include human physiological processes, examination of work postures, human information processing and person-machine-environment interactions. 

The course aims to provide you with a basic understanding of the principles underlying the place of people in work systems and their abilities and limitations, so that tasks and work generally may be designed for effectiveness, efficiency and health and safety. 

Specific issues include anthropometry, biomechanics and the musculoskeletal system; and factors covering shift work and fatigue, controls and displays, lighting, noise and thermal comfort. The course will also explore the systematic incorporation of these factors into job and workplace design to minimise adverse health and safety outcomes




Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex occupational health and safety theory, principles and best practice to applied projects to contribute to the profession and discipline of occupational health and safety
  • Apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively address the diverse needs of occupational health and safety practice, designing innovative solutions and demonstrating independent, sound and ethical decision making related to your professional practice and the discipline



Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Manage biomechanical and organisational hazards in the work place by using a systematic approach to their identification, risk evaluation and control
  2. Apply knowledge of legislation, standards and codes relevant to biomechanical and organisational hazards in day-to-day activities
  3. Collect, analyse and use relevant literature and workplace data on hazards in a systematic way with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality constraints
  4. Develop, implement, evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of hazard prevention programs for the work place
  5. Consult and communicate in a manner which recognises and makes appropriate use of the industrial framework and social context of the work place
  6. Utilise practical knowledge, measurement and analytical skills to investigate and develop controls or solutions for biomechanical and organisational hazards within an organisation




Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion,individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

You will be directed to a range of texts, journal articles and other web-based material that provide a current understanding of the knowledge in this area. 

Lectures, voice files and other materials will be available on MyRMIT (Canvas).  

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Task 1: Individual work - Innovative ergonomics design written analysis and presentation (15%)  This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,4

Task 2: Group work - Practical demonstration and analytical written reports (40%)   This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5

Task 3: Individual work - Safety in Design: Workplace ergonomic risk project and presentation (45%) This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,6

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Equitable Learning Services 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.