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Ergonomics in Action

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6 weeks
60 USD
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Self-paced Online
6 weeks
60 USD
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Course description

Ergonomics in Action

Ergonomics is the application of scientific information about people in order to design products and systems so that they are safe, productive, comfortable and healthy for people to use.

People are of different shapes, sizes, strength, speed, judgment, skills, and capabilities. Hence, there is a need to evaluate and quantify differing metrics to evaluate the differences. What is important is to fit the task and equipment used to the person rather than fitting a person to a task or equipment so that a majority of the people are able to and like to do what needs to be done.

The course will focus on recognizing the basic needs of people in terms of biomechanics and present the various design strategies so that products and systems are compatible with people who use them thereby improving human performance, reducing the risk of discomfort and injury.

With the knowledge gained, you can experience the excitement of redesigning or retrofitting workplaces and other types of products whether it be for continuing education or just for knowledge.

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Part 1 – Ergonomics in Design ISDN4330.1x

Training content

Week 1: Design for Seated and Standing Work

Spine basics, sitting and standing posture

Week 2: Seat Design

Sitting considerations and principles

Week 3: Anthropometric Measures and Basic Statistics

Introduction to anthropometry, measurement techniques, basic statistical analysis and anthropometric databases

Week 4: Anthropometry in Use

Use of anthropometric tables, estimating data, design criteria

Week 5: Ergonomics in Footwear

Foot and related dimensions, footwear characteristics, fitting feet to footwear

Week 6: Course Summary

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a partner institute of EdX.

5-6 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$60
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Design a workplace according to ergonomic principles
  • Determine anthropometric measures
  • Apply anthropometric tables for evaluation and design criteria for products
  • Identify engineering solutions to improve human performance and reduce the risk of discomfort and injury when interacting with products

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