Fundamentals of Ergonomics

    EX 1111 is offered this spring:

The study of ergonom­ics will result in reduc­tions of injury and increas­es in pro­duc­tiv­i­ty by improv­ing the fit” between the work­er and the work envi­ron­ment. This is achieved by match­ing the phys­i­o­log­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal capa­bil­i­ties of a per­son to the design of the equip­ment, tasks to be per­formed and the total work­place envi­ron­ment. This course will intro­duce the stu­dent to the need for ergonom­ics, meth­ods for prob­lem iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, solu­tion devel­op­ment and effec­tive­ness eval­u­a­tion of imple­ment­ed changes.

Course at a glance
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Aimed at entry-level and practicing health and safety coordinators, professionals, officers, technicians, supervisors, trainers, management, and administrators.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of user-oriented design.
  • Consider the relationship between human characteristics and work performance.
  • Recognize ergonomic hazards that contribute to workplace injuries and illnesses.
  • Identify basic design principles that optimize human performance in job settings.


Apr 6, 2021Jun 12, 2021
Asyn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 hours of instruction

In asynchronous online courses, students are expected to move through the course material at the same pace as their peers, but there are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Linda Miller

Your Instructor

Linda MillerID: linda-miller

Linda Miller [OT (C), OTD, MEDes, CCPE, CPE] is the President and Certified Occupational Therapist/Ergonomist at EWI Works International Inc., which she founded in 1991 to provide educational and consulting services to employers aiming at preventing workplace injury and improving employee performance. In addition to in-person training and consulting, her company has been expanding into software tools to manage programs, training, and telehealth consulting. Linda holds an appointment in the U of A’s Faculty of Medicine, in the Division of Preventive Medicine. She has presented regularly at health & safety conferences for the last two decades.




Rules Of Work

ISBN 9781439899069

Class info
  • 39 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until April 6, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • This is an asynchronous course, meaning that you can complete your reading and activities throughout the week at your own leisure.
  • You will be pre-placed into groups of 5-10 students in order to encourage interaction throughout the week. These groups will be referred to as the ‘Collaborative Classroom’.
  • In your readings and in the course videos there are references to activities that you will be asked to complete.
  • Required textbook: The Rules of Work: A Practical Engineering Guide to Ergonomics, 2nd edition, Dan MacLeod, Taylor & Francis, 2013.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

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