You will study two modules each taken over a six month period. The first module starts in September and the second in March. Each module has a value of 30 credits and represents 300 hours of study, including formal teaching, independent study, and the preparation of assessments. The modules are assessed by project work or course work.
The first module you will study is:
Ergonomics Application in the Workplace
This module provides a broad overview of the discipline of ergonomics and practical guidance for applying ergonomics techniques.
You will then have a choice to take one module from the three modules:
This module teaches students about the methods commonly used in ergonomics investigations including questionnaire design, interviewing, experimental design and statistics. Students are also introduced to methods within the professional practice of ergonomics including problem identification.
Ergonomics in Work Organisations
This module covers the topics relating to the practice of ergonomics within an organisation and includes topics such as job design, motivation, stress, teamwork, safety management systems, human error predication, socio-technical systems and social psychological aspects of work.
Practical Ergonomics Investigation
A practical ergonomics investigation is undertaken towards the end of the course. This is intended to integrate knowledge, methodology and practical skills. Many students take the opportunity to conduct their project in an area related to their place of work, although this is not a specific requirement.
The module is designed to be taken by employees in any organisation who can apply ergonomics in their work. The candidates will apply the materials and ideas from previous ergonomics investigations of value to their organisation.
Previous projects have included:
- Measurement of mental workload in transport systems
- Qualitative evaluation of activity in chronic pain sufferers after orthopaedic trauma
- Cultural dimensions in design of Health and Fitness Smartphone Apps
- Development of a VR game for Mental Arithmetic Training
- A participatory approach to infection prevention and control in a neonatal intensive care unit
- Evaluation of an online patient monitoring system
- Effectiveness of participatory ergonomics program in health organisations
- Psychosocial factors affecting radiology trainees
- An investigation into the usability of a cycling computer under riding conditions
- Shiftworkers’ experiences of their work environment and workplace support
- Assessing team performance
Each module is offered over a 26-week span once a year. Normally you will study two modules in one year - most students will gain their postgraduate qualification in one year.
Students usually transfer to the MSc in Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors (Distance Learning).
Once you have obtained the postgraduate certificate in Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors, this counts as 60 credits towards the MSc Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors (Distance Learning) if you wish to continue your studies.
For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue. Please note that all module details are subject to change.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.