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Module Code: IND213
Module Title: Ergonomics
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Industrial Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
Using lectures, readings and guided writing, this module aims to introduce students to anthropometric and ergonomic concepts, and to the capabilities and constraints of the physical, cognitive and cultural makeup of human beings, as well as to recent methods of their measurement. Project report tests individual learning and presentational skills. Drawing exercises help students to form a visual approach to human-factors consideration in industrial and product design. An examination tests students' learning and invites students to discuss how they relate common human factors considerations to their own designing and design thinking.
Learning outcomes 
A. Define and describe concepts related to human performance, anthropometry, human information processing, reliability, accuracy, and validity.

B. Apply system concepts and perform human factor analyses using descriptive methods, experimental methods, and statistical methods.

C. Construct hypotheses and experiments for testing from dependent, independent, and control variables.

D. Propose solutions for an identified research problem.

E. Summarize and evaluate data concerning human geometry & performance.

Method of teaching and learning 
This is a lecture based module. The learning of materials presented in lectures is assessed in a sit-down examination at the end of the module.
Lectures delivered in this module include:

Fundamental concepts of human factors

• Equipment, workspace and environmental design. Workstations and consoles, furniture, vehicles.

• Tasks and jobs: task analysis, task design and motivation.

• Methods: descriptive methods, correlational and differential research, experimental methods, statistical methods, the system concept, reliability analysis,

• Human measurement and human performance: biomechanics and physiology of human performance, basics of measurement, design psychology.
Perception-related human factors

• Introduction to human sensory systems

• Vision: field of vision, visual perception, spatial and temporal resolution, colour perception, perceptual organisation, figure and ground, grouping principles, depth perception, perception of motion. Display of visual information, speech and language in displays. Eye tracking.

• Hearing: auditory senses. Direction senses. Combination of auditory and tactual information, warning and alarm signals.

• Touch: Tactile displays.

Cognition-related human factors

• Attention and the assessment of mental workload, models of attention, modes of attention.

• Situation awareness.

• Retention and comprehension of information, sensory memory, short-term memory, long-term memory.

• Language: Comprehending verbal and non-verbal material, logic reasoning, decision aids, training and task environments.

Action-related human factors

Simple reactions, choice reactions, principles of compatibility, irrelevant stimuli, dual-task and sequential performance, preferences for controlling actions, physiological foundations of movements, control of action, motor learning, feedback and skill acquisition, control features, control panels, hand tools and related ergonomics.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13    13      49  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework 50.00
2 Exam 50.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 8/22/2019 5:46:21 PM