Teaching Hours and Credit Allocation: 30 Hours, 6 Credits
Course Assessment: Exam & Coursework
This course aims to provide students with the background on Ergonomics / Human Factors i.e. the study of designing artefacts to fit human physical and cognitive abilities. Ergonomics strives to optimise human well-being and overall system performance. Thus, issues such as ease-of-use, safety and performance of industrial products will be at the core of this module. The course will tackle both the principles of human abilities and limitations as well as the methods of studying human activity. The content will balance between physical and cognitive aspects of ergonomics through an integrated approach aiming to user-centred design.
Specific case-studies of ergonomics applications in industry and design will be presented during the course to demonstrate the use of methods and to point to the practicalities of the ergonomics practice.