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Ergonomics and Design

Code 12733
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 5
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Science and Technology
Entry requirements Not Applicable
Mode of delivery face-to-face
Work placements not applicable
Learning outcomes Enable students to recognize the methodologies and instruments used by multidisciplinary teams in the design and evaluation of ergonomic products.
Provide students with the ability to describe aspects of human activity that fall under the scope of Ergonomics.
Prepare students to implement measures to address ergonomic inadequacies of an anthropometric nature in the design phase.
Provide students with the ability to promote in the design phase the adequacy of equipment, product or system to Man, with a focus on the dimensional aspect.
Syllabus 1. Ergonomics, a multidisciplinary science 1. Origins and Evolutionary Perspective of Ergonomics 2. Current state of ergonomics in the World Panorama 3. Objectives of Ergonomics ­ Costs and benefits 4. Areas of ergonomics ­ Physical Ergonomics; Cognitive Ergonomics; Organizational ergonomics; 5. Basis for Ergonomic diagnosis 6. Product Ergonomics x production Ergonomics 7. Correction Ergonomics x design Ergonomics. II ­ Ergonomics Applied to Design 1. Anthropometry 2. Statistical description of human variability. 3. Restrictions and anthropometric criteria (free space, reach, limiting user, posture, strength). 4. Availability of anthropometric data 5. Use of anthropometric data in design. 6. Environmental conditions (noise, lighting, vibration). 7. Thermal Comfort. 8. Mental activity and the process of designing representations to support cognitive activity.
Main Bibliography - Pheasant, S. (1996). Bodyspace: anthropometry, ergonomics and the design ofhuman work. London: Taylor& Francis.
- Grandjean, E. (1998). Fitting the Task to the Man: A Textbook of Occupational Ergonomics. London: Taylor& Francis.
- Ameli,M., (2001). “Product development approach”. International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Taylor & Francis, 951-953.
- Buti,L., (2001). “Ergonomic product design”. International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Taylor & Francis, 906-910.
- Cushman,W.H. and Rosenberg,D.J., (1991). “Human Factors in Product Design”. Elsevier.
- Green,W.S. and Jordan,P.W., (1999). “Human Factors in Product Design”. Taylor & Francis.
- Salvendy, G. (editor) (1997). Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2ndedition. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- McCauley-Bush, P. (2011). Ergonomics: foundational principles, applications, and technologies. CRC Press.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The methodology implemented is that of student­ centered learning. This course lasts one semester, involving 45 hours of contact with the teacher, 105 hours of autonomous work, 5 hours of laboratory work and 5 hours for evaluation (total: 160 hours). Approval for this course unit gives the student 6 ECTS. The classes are organized in theoretical-practical component (TP), which includes the exposition of the syllabus, also involving the resolution of practical exercises and the development of a work. The evaluation is performed through two written tests (50%), one practical assignment (40%) and individual practical exercises to be develop in class (10%).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-10-21

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