Fundamentals of Ergonomics

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.
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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When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

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New course schedules are announced each June and November.


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