Offered by Australian Catholic University through Open Universities Australia, this online unit equips students with comprehensive knowledge of the ergonomics and human factors relevant to ergonomic risks in organisations.
Expanding on your existing knowledge gained from the prerequisite unit, Principles of OHSE Management, this advanced unit within the field of occupational health, safety and environmental management focuses on the design of user-centred, human-machine-environment systems for workplaces.
You gain an integrated understanding of the complex relationship between workplace environments and employees’ health and wellbeing, exploring topics such as work-station design, shift work and fatigue and manual materials handling.
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any unit deemed academically equivalent.
Ergonomics and Human Factors
To be eligible for this unit, you must have completed the following unit:
Principles of OHSE Management
In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:
Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
Master of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
Areas of study
In this OHSE Ergonomics and Human Factors unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to ergonomics and human factors
Anthropometry and work-station design
Manual materials handling
Repetitive motion tasks and injuries
Human information processing
Controls and displays
Human error, incidents and safety
Training, skills and cognitive task analysis
Shift work and fatigue
Office ergonomics – seated work
Ergonomic assessments and incident investigation
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management, Australian Catholic University
Master of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management, Australian Catholic University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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Upon completion of this unit, you will have an integrated understanding of the complex relationship between workplace environments and employees’ health and wellbeing, which is directly applicable to designing appropriate spaces and utilities for organisations.
You will learn to identify sources of and assess the impacts of adverse effects on health and environment. This unit will give you the skills to control OHSE risks to health or environment in organisations, and understand concepts of physical ergonomics and cognitive ergonomics and human factors.
You will be able to interpret ergonomics data and conduct an ergonomics assessment; and set up a workplace workstation.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in OHSE Ergonomics and Human Factors from Australian Catholic University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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This online unit, titled Principles of Occupational Health and Safety is delivered by Australian Catholic University and introduces you to current OH&S legislation. You will cover hazard awareness, risk assessment and management, auditing and emergency planning – aspects that are crucial for any OH&S manager