Course Title: Human Centred Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Centred Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: TBA

Course Coordinator Phone: TBA

Course Coordinator Email: TBA


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed PUBH1012 Human Factors and Ergonomics before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 


Course Description

In this course you will consider the principles and application of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) in the design of industrial and office workplaces, workplace tasks, computer workstations, and user products. You will learn essential concepts in design methodology which include applied anthropometry, design thinking, Design Cycle, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), manual material & human handling in healthcare sector, User Experience and cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of ergonomic designs. You will examine different engineering approaches to augment workplace designs, hand-held and operated products. 

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) 

In 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
  • Professionally communicate and justify project scope, design, implementation, strategy and /or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders across a range of industry sectors 
  • 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.
  • Utilise specific research and technical skills to strategically develop and implement occupational health and safety strategies and solutions that address complex problems and issues to enhance health and safety deliverables and governance in creative and sustainable ways 


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

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

  1. Apply the principles of design to workplace and product design, human-computer interaction (HCI) and user experience (UX)
  2. Evaluate, select and apply tools & solutions in occupational designs, including virtual & augmented reality (VR/AR), workplace simulation, digital human modelling, software technologies, collaborative robots and exoskeletons in the design of workplaces, machinery, products design.
  3. Design and prototype design improvements and solutions to specific occupational task, process or new product
  4. Perform cost benefit analysis to establish the return on investment on a proposed design improvement from an OH&S perspective 


Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be set out in lectures, tutorials and through a range of relevant resources and readings. 

Real world scenarios on key topics will be used to build your capacity to think critically and analytically and apply developing knowledge of underpinning technical skills. 

You will receive feedback on academic progress when assignments are returned. 

You are expected to contribute to class discussion to enhance your reflective and communication skills. 


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. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Principles & Concepts of HFE (40%) 
CLO1 and CLO4 

Assessment Task 2: Application of Anthropometric data in design (20%)  
CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3 

Assessment Task 3: Design and Evaluation of Workplace tasks, processes and product (40%)  
CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 & CLO4 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

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. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.