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SFTY 619 : Human Factors and Ergonomics

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SFTY 619-WW
Campus
Worldwide
College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
SFTY
619
Human Factors and Ergonomics
3
This course emphasizes the role of human factors in workplace and work task design with emphasis on complex technical industries. Topics include traditional material such as anthropometry, control/display design, visual and auditory acuity and their importance in work design, circadian rhythms and their implications for work design and shift work, psychomotor skills, and learning and memory. Also included are concepts of physiological aspects in ergonomics and the anthropometric principles in workspace and equipment design.

This course will provide the graduate student the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to effectively protect people from ergonomic hazards and ensure organizational and operational effectiveness through the abatement and control of ergonomic hazards, proper work design and work organization. Further, this course will prepare students to optimize human performance and minimize human error in industrial and aviation systems and environments.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Assess work tasks, operations, facilities, systems and work organization factors to identify and resolve human factors and ergonomic hazards and risks.

2. Improve the ergonomic design of products and/or systems to improve worker health and well-being and to ensure organizational and operational effectiveness

3. Compile and assess human factors/ergonomic data using various analytic techniques from the field of human factors/ergonomics.4. Apply conventional human factors principles and theories to minimize human errors and their causes in industrial and aviation systems, environments and settings.

5. Optimize human performance (memory, learning, problem-solving, etc.) within industrial and aviation systems, environments and settings.

6. Incorporate human information processing fundamentals when evaluating and designing human-systems interactions.

7. Critically analyze empirical literature and research papers in the area of human factors/ergonomics to enhance knowledge, skills and application abilities in the field.

8. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter (effective July 1, 2013).

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communication, as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Topic 1. Human Factors and Ergonomics Discipline Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Locate scientific literature associated with the field of human factors and ergonomics. 2. Synthesize, summarize, and apply the scientific literature in the field of human factors and ergonomics to occupational safety and health problem solving. 3. Delineate how current theories and concepts associated with human factors and ergonomics can be used by safety professionals to improve occupational safety and health outcomes. Topic 2. Information Processing and Warnings Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Integrate theory, scientific principles, and concepts associated with sensation, perception, and information processing into the design of warnings to curtail worker injuries and/or illnesses. 2. Develop a strategy to evaluate the effectiveness of warnings. 3. Apply the C-HIP(Communication-Human Information Processing) model to the development of hazard warnings in the workplace. 4. Delineate the importance of sensation, perception, and information processing to the development of safety and health training programs. Topic 3. Human Error Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Describe the roles situation awareness and decision-making play in human error, particularly related to the systems approach of human fallibility. 2. Prescribe what occupational safety and health professionals should garner from theory, concepts, and principles related to human error to curtail events that produce worker injuries and/or illnesses. 3. Present an argument as to how a learning culture and a reporting culture can be used to improve workplace safety and health. Topic 4. Macroergonomics and Organizational Design and Management Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Incorporate social, organizational, and macroergonomic concepts, principles, theories, and techniques to improve organizational design and management and to enhance worker safety and health outcomes. 2. Strategize how principles related to healthy and productive organizations can be addressed by occupational safety and health practitioners to enhance worker safety, health, and well-being. 3. Formulate strategies to reinvent or innovate occupational safety and health management within work organizations. Topic 5. Design Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Apply motivational theories to interventions, strategies, or initiatives to enhance worker safety, health, and well-being. 2. Recommend best job design approaches to management that would enhance worker safety, health, and well-being. 3. Delineate the benefits and costs of various job design approaches. 4. Improve the ergonomic design of a work task and workstation to improve worker health and well-being and to ensure organizational and operational effectiveness. Topic 6. Human Factors and Ergonomics in the Workplace I Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Present a strategy for identifying and controlling work-related musculoskeletal disorders. 2. Identify appropriate assessment tools to examine and assess ergonomic exposures. 3. Access assessment tools to complete workplace assessments. 4. Make an argument for effective strategies to curtail back injuries. Topic 7. Human Factors and Ergonomics in the Workplace II Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Assess human factors and ergonomic exposures using analytical tools and instruments. 2. Recommend controls to curtail human factor and ergonomic exposures based upon critical analysis and assessment and/or outcome data. 3. Assess office ergonomic exposures, including workstations. 4. Recommend workstation improvements to enhance productivity and to curtail worker injuries. Topic 8. Workplace Exposures and Health Effects Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Detail hazards associated with vibration, motion, sound and noise, and fatigue. 2. Recommend procedures and controls to reduce hazards associated with vibration and noise exposures. 3. Describe the impact of shiftwork and fatigue on health effects and outcomes within work organizations. 4. Recommend fatigue management programs, procedures, and controls to reduce worker exposures and to enhance work outcomes. Topic 9. Implementation and Evaluation Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Formulate a plan to conduct human factors and ergonomics research within a work organization. 2. Calculate the cost-benefit of human factors and ergonomics interventions, controls or programs. 3. Illustrate the benefits of conducting evaluation activities as part of the safety profession.
Dr. Todd Smith - 3/1/2015
todd.smith2@erau.edu
Dr. Katherine Moran - 3/1/2015
morank@erau.edu
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
mcand4f1@erau.edu
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
kenneth.witcher@erau.edu
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1-6 Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management program, graduates will be able to:

PO 1 – Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, prevent and control workplace safety and occupational health hazards within numerous industries to protect people, property, the environment and organizational operations.

PO 2 – Effectively manage the occupational safety and health function within a variety of industries.

PO 3 – Justify occupational safety and health programs, initiatives and control efforts through the use of business and risk management metrics, by maintaining compliance with applicable standards and regulations or through scientific evaluation of outcomes.

PO 4 – Effectively communicate and interact with persons at all levels within an organization and externally about occupational safety, health and environmental management.

PO 5 – Practice and perform in an ethical, moral, responsible, and accountable manner in all aspects, but especially in the practice of safety.

PO 6 – Identify an occupational safety and health research problem; complete a thorough review of the scholarly literature; formulate hypotheses; collect and appropriately analyze data; and, interpret and report research findings to improve the field of occupational safety and health or to provide solutions to an occupational safety and health problem.
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