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Ergonomics and Human Factors at Work

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Introduction

This distance learning module is suitable for anyone interested in improving worker wellbeing. Ergonomics is about getting the best fit between the individual and everything around them. This module takes this principle and applies it in the work environment. You will examine the physical aspects as well as the human factors within the workplace. You will also consider the wider organisational context and how relationships at work can impact on health and wellbeing. This can benefit people you work with as well as yourself as a worker. By completing this module you will understand how a number of different factors can affect the relationship between a person and their work. These include the physical and social environment as well as individual abilities and requirements. You will be able to recognise risk factors within the work environment and make suitable recommendations to improve these risks.

Who the module is aimed at 

Anyone who is interested in improving worker wellbeing and/or safety, for example managers, occupational health staff, individuals working in vocational rehabilitation, health care workers (e.g. nurses or allied health professionals).

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient

You will develop a much clearer awareness of how both the immediate and wider work environment can impact on the wellbeing and safety of workers and where applicable the service users that they work with.

What you learn 

This module considers how the work environment can promote wellbeing and/or safety from the perspective of both worker and employer and how, using an ergonomic/human factor approach, the workplace can support individuals effectively and productively.

General areas covered

  • The biopsychosocial approach
  • Understanding the relationship between the worker, their work and their environment
  • The micro (immediate) and macro environment (wider) including, physical and psychosocial/relationships
  • Human factors and human error
  • Ergonomic solutions to improve wellbeing and/or safety

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills 

Ergonomics assessment skills, risk assessment skills, use of a participatory approach.

Professional recognition

Professional membership to the Vocational Rehabilitation Association is included in the fee for all students who enrol on the PG Certificate Vocational Rehabilitation. 

 To study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP or newer (PCs) / OSX 10.6 or newer (Mac)
  • Internet Explorer version 8 or newer (PC), Safari 4.0 or newer (Mac) or the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 or newer

Fees and Funding for 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £1,335

International students: £1,335 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

Funding

This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:


To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • First degree
    • Relevant experience or interest in wellbeing at work
    • Individuals will be considered who do not have a first degree subject to experience. Please contact the course leader to discuss your circumstances

    The above must be evidenced in your application form.

    International applicants must have reliable internet access and be able to supply IELTS scores.

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence during January 2020, with Induction activities during w/c 13th January 2020 and teaching from w/c 20th January 2020.

    This module is delivered via distance learning. Attendance at the university is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Written Report
    • Presentation

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Tina Guilford - m.guilford@shu.ac.uk or contact the student experience team:

0114 225 2373
AlliedHealth@shu.ac.uk

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