This 8-week, asynchronous online course explores the essential topics of human information processing, controls and displays, sensory and cognitive contributions to systems, and implications for design of systems in the workplace. The field of human factors and ergonomics is interdisciplinary, with applications wherever humans interact with equipment in a systems context. Examples will be drawn from a wide range of work contexts, including medicine, transportation, and computer tasks. Learners will differentiate cognitive ergonomics, and how it fits into design and analysis. Typical design problems will be highlighted, and learners will have the opportunity to apply them to their own workplace and experiences.
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Sanli, BKin, M.Sc., PhD
March 9 - May 1, 2020
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ERG100 - Fundamentals of Human Factors and Ergonomics
This course presents fundamental concepts from multiple disciplines that are essential to practicing ergonomics. The course begins with core topics from anatomy, kinesiology and the physiology of work as applied to human abilities and limitations. The class continues with an exploration of biomechanics, anthropometry, physical and psychosocial ergonomic risk factors and analytic methods to mitigate risk exposure. Finally, cognitive and macro ergonomics models are introduced along with considerations for the professional ergonomist. Pulling these pieces together ensures a comprehensive approach to Human Factors and Ergonomics to both minimize injury and optimize worker performance. Students will evaluate different environments based on the concepts introduced in this course.
This self-paced, two-hour online course is geared toward acting clinicians seeking CME credit, but will be made available to all. This course will explore how climate change is impacting public health now, and provide examples of how to communicate with patients regarding health risks posed by climate change. The course is broken into 5 modules, designed to provide context for clinicians and other allied health professionals to better understand climate change through a public health lens.
Dr. Ashley McClure, FACP | Climate Change and Health
The design of environments, tools, systems, and interfaces can have a dramatic impact on exposures associated with musculoskeletal disorders, fatigue, and error. This course will provide an overview of topics related to the design of products, tools, environments, software and various interfaces on common devices. Familiarity with physical and cognitive human factors and ergonomics will be applied to the iterative design process to solve design problems. A focus on the pro basic engineering design and prototype concepts will be introduced.
This 3-day workshop provides guided practice in advanced measurement techniques used by practitioners in the field. Attendees will perform a job analysis on one simulated manufacturing/ assembly task and/ or one manual material handling task. The analysis will include exposure measurements addressing validity and reliability of measures and the interpretation of those measures using evidence-based threshold limit values and risk assessment tools. New topics in ergonomics will be explored through a case-based approach to learning. Students will continue their engagement with the case by applying the iterative design process to determine plausible solutions to mitigate the exposures measured.
Richmond, CA (in-person)
July 13th - September 4th, 2020
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ERG150 - Macroergonomics: A Systems Approach to HFE
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Macroergonomics field. Macroergonomics, also known as the third generation of ergonomics, is a top-down sociotechnical systems approach to the design of organizations, work systems, and jobs. The goal of macroergonomics is a fully harmonized work system at both the macro- and micro-ergonomic level which results in improved productivity, job satisfaction, health and safety, and employee commitment.
The importance of a good occupational health and safety program and safety practice in the workplace cannot be overemphasized. Severe occupational traumatic injuries pose a major and continuing threat to the health and well-being of workers. Occupational trauma is second only to motor vehicle accidents as a reported cause of accidental death in the United States. This 2-day course will present an overview of fundamental safety principles.