PTY-20045 - Ergonomics in the Workplace
Coordinator: Michael Mccluskey Tel: +44 1782 7 34254
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective





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Description for 2021/22

This is a free standing elective module, offered by the School of Health and Rehabilitation at Keele University.
This module focuses on the safety, comfort and well-being of the working population and how this can impact upon workplace injuries, productivity and performance. Students will learn to assess workplace environments, identify potential risks of developing a subsequent musculoskeletal injury and recommend preventative measures to maintain employee health, safety, comfort and performance.

To provide individuals with the knowledge and practical skills required to positively influence the ergonomics within a variety of work environments to improve employee health, safety, comfort and performance.

Intended Learning Outcomes

interpret the health and safety legislation and regulations relevant to the workplace;: 1,

identify common injuries occurring in the workplace and explain the risk factors associated with these;: 1,

appraise current evidence relating to ergonomics in the workplace to aid selection of the most appropriate management approaches;: 1,

apply the principles of workstation assessment, ergonomic assessment tools and postural analysis to identify risks to health and wellbeing of workers and methods to positively influence this;: 1,

undertake a basic ergonomic assessment relevant to a given workplace.: 1,

Study hours

30 tutor led hours which may include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and two hours of assessment preparation classes etc.
120 hours of independent study.

School Rules

Successful completion of a minimum of 105 credits at Level 4, normally at Keele University.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Report weighted 100%
Ergonomic Risk Assessment Report
Each student will complete an ergonomic assessment of a work environment and they will write a report up to 1500 words detailing the assessment outcomes and recommendations. Assessment findings, identification of ergonomic risks, recommendations to minimise these risks, suggested ergonomic aids and expected outcomes following implementation of recommendations may be included.