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COURSE SYLLABUS

Overview of ergonomics and design relevances; Man- the prime system component; Man-machine-environment interaction system and user-friendly design practice; Human compatibility, comfort and adaptability; Fundamentals of ergonomics: Physical (anthropometrics, human body- structure and function, posture, movement and biomechanics), Physiological (work physiology) and Psychological aspects (behavior, cognitive aspects and mental workload); Information processing, human error and risk perception; Visual performance and visual displays; environmental factors influencing human performance; Occupational stress; safety and health issues; Ergonomics criteria/check while designing; Design process involving ergonomics check and ergonomic design evaluation and Participatory ergonomics aspects.

Total Number of Lectures: 40 distributed in 10 modules

Module No

 Module Topic

No. of Classes

Module 1

 Introducing Ergonomics, Welcome and content details

2

Module 2 

Discipline approach: Ergonomics/ Human factors

5

Module 3

Human physical dimension concern

7

Module 4

Posture and movement

8

Module 5

Behaviour and perception

5

Module 6

Visual Issues

2

Module 7

Environments Factors

1

Module 8

Ergonomic design process

4

Module 9

Performance support and design intervention

5

Module 10

Design Ergonomics in India: scope for exploration

1

 

                                                                                              Total

40

Course material

Sl. No.

Topic

Lecture Hour

Module I: Introducing Ergonomics, Welcome and content details 

02

1

Welcome and content details: Syllabus

1

2

Design today- Human aid to lifestyle

1

Module 2: Discipline approach: Ergonomics/ Human factors

05

3

Journey, Fitting task to man their contractual structure

1

4

Domain, Philosophy and Objective 

1

5

Mutual task comfort: two way dialogue, communication model

1

6

Ergonomics/ human Factors fundamentals 

1

7

Physiology (work physiology) and stress

1

Module 3: Human physical dimension concern      

07

8

Human body- structure and function, anthropometrics

1

9

Anthropometry: body growth and somatotypes

1

10

Static and dynamic anthropometry, Stand Posture- erect

1

11

Anthropometry landmark: Sitting postures

1

12

Anthropometry: squatting and cross-legged postures

1

13

Anthropometric measuring techniques

1

14

Statistical treatment of data and percentile calculations

1

Module 4: Posture and movement

08

15

Human body- structure and function

1

16

Posture and job relation

1

17

Posture and body supportive devices

1

18

Chair characteristics

1

19

Vertical work surface

1

20

Horizontal work surface

1

21

Movement

1

22

Work Counter

3

Module 5: Behaviour and perception     

05

23

Communication and cognitive issues

1

24

Psycho-social behaviour aspects, behaviour and stereotype

1

25

Information processing and perception

1

26

Cognitive aspects and mental workload

1

27

Human error and risk perception

1

Module 6: Visual Issues

02

28

Visual performance

1

29

Visual displays

1

Module 7: Environments Factors

01

30

Environmental factors influencing human performance

1

Module 8: Ergonomic design process

04

31

Ergonomics design methodology

1

32

Ergonomics criteria/check while designing 

1

33

Design process involving ergonomics check

1

34

Some checklists for task easiness

1

Module 9: Performance support and design intervention

05

35

Occupational safety and stress at workplace in view to reduce the
potential fatigue, errors, discomforts and unsafe acts

1

36

Workstation design

1

37

Furniture support

1

38

Vertical arm reach and design application possibility

1

39

Humanising design: Design and human compatibility, comfort and
adaptability aspects

1

Module 10: Design Ergonomics in India: scope for exploration

01

40

Concluding session: Design Ergonomics in India: scope for exploration

1

  1. Bridger, RS: Introduction to Ergonomics, 2nd Edition, Taylor &Francis, 2003.
  2. Dul, J. and Weerdmeester, B. Ergonomics for beginners, a quick reference guide, Taylor & Francis, 1993.
  3. Green, W.S. and Jordan, P .W, Human Factors in Product Design, Taylor & rancis, 1999.
  4. D. Chakrabarti, Indian Anthropometric Dimensions for ergonomic design practice, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, 1997
  5. G. Salvendy (edit), Handbook of Human Factors and ergonomics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998
  6. Singh, S (Edt), Ergonomics Interventions for Health and Productivity, Himanshu Publications, Udaipur, New Delhi, 2007


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