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Ergonomics and Design

Code 16455
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 4
Workload TP(45H)
Scientific area Science and Technology
Entry requirements N.A.
Learning outcomes 1. Understand the contribution of Ergonomics in the product design and conception process.
2. Understand the concepts and principles of Ergonomics, as well as the biomechanical and anthropometric aspects applied to product design.
3. Know how to select the methodologies of analysis and ergonomic intervention appropriate to the project typology, and apply them in the different stages of product development.
4. Understand the importance of designing products that support users' mental abilities.
5. Know how to identify the essential requirements to improve the users' experience, namely usability, comfort and safety requirements.
6. Know how to apply the essential methodologies and tools for the development of user-centered design.
Syllabus 1. Introduction to Ergonomics
2. Brief approach to musculoskeletal biomechanics
3. Anthropometry applied to product design
4. Ergonomic analysis and intervention
5. Cognitive Ergonomics
6. Usability and user-product interface
7. User-centred design
Main Bibliography Bridger, R.S. (2003) Introduction to Ergonomics. New York: Taylor and Francis, Inc.
Completo, A., Fonseca. F. (2011) Fundamentos de Biomecânica Músculo, Esquelética e Ortopédica. Publindústria.
Crandall, B., Klein, G., Hoffman, R. (2006) Working Minds: A Practicioner´s Guide to cognitive Task Analysis. Cambridge: The MIT Press.
Lowdermilk, T. (2013) User-Centred Design: A Developer’s Guide To Building User Friendly Applications. O’Reilly Media Inc.
Norman, D. (2013) The Design of Everyday Things Revised and Expanded Edition. New York: Basic Books.
Pheasant, S., Haslegrave, C.M. (2006) Bodyspace: Anthropometry, Ergonomics and the Design of Human Work, Third Edition. London: Taylor& Francis.
Rubin, J., Chisnell, D. (2008) Handbook of Usability Testing, Second Edition: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests, Second Edition. Indianapolis: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Salvendy, G. (2012) Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 4th Edition. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The methodology implemented is that of studentcentered learning. This course lasts one semester, involving 45 hours of contact with the teacher and 67 hours of autonomous work (total: 112 hours). Approval for this course unit gives the student 4 ECTS. The classes are organized in theoretical-practical component (TP), which includes the exposition of the syllabus and the resolution of practical exercises to apply the taught contents. The evaluation is performed through two individual written tests (80%) and individual practical exercises to be develop in class (20%).
Students must obtain a minimum grade of 6 values in each one of the evaluation criteria.
It is only possible to improve the grade through the realization of a final exam.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-09-21

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