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:

PLO1.1: You will demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the OHS Body of Knowledge allowing you to reflect critically on OHS theory and professional practice.

PLO2.1: You will have skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories.

PLO2.2: You will have skills to generate OHS solutions and evaluate their effectiveness.

PLO3.1: You will be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice.

PLO4.1: You will have communication and research skills to interpret OHS issues and justify OHS decisions for specialist and non-specialist audiences.

 


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

This course is provided in mixed mode with lectures provided at the beginning of the semester, plus practical classes and/or factory visits, followed by on-line real time tutorials to further explore the issues raised in the block lectures.

  • Lectures
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Laboratory-based practical exercises
  • Individual and Team projects

 

Independent study

  • Total Study hours:  A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising:
  • Teacher-guided activities: lectures at the beginning of the semester, practical classes and/or factory visits, and on-line real time tutorials
  • Student-directed activities: You are expected to study independently managing your own learning progress.


Overview of Learning Resources

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


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 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services. You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more. 

An assessment charter (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.