Graduate Course Descriptions

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5339. Introductory Ergonomics for Biomedical Scientists and Engineers

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: BME 5600; Recommended Preparation: BME 3600, CE 3110 (RG3444).

Grading Basis: Graded

This problem-based course begins with a work-related overview of the design strengths and limitations of human anatomy and physiology (molecular, tissue and systems levels) and the contribution of work/worker mismatches to the development of disease. Measurement of the response of these biological tissues and systems to work-related stressors is examined, to define the mechanism and presentation of musculoskeletal disorders. Addresses physiological and anatomical damage due to biomechanical, psychosocial and work organization stressors and explores the range of possible control strategies of interest to the engineer and public health practitioner. To measure presence and levels of risk factors, students will be introduced to the use of laboratory techniques (e.g., EMG, digital motion capture, force cells) as well as field methods used in ergonomic work-site assessment, ranging from simple check-lists (geared towards worker-based interventions), through detailed time/motion studies, self-report effort scales, epidemiological instruments, and psychosocial and organizational measurement tools. A research project is required.

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