182.621.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 4 Credit(s)
F 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Myrna C. Callison
    Jacqueline Agnew
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Identify ergonomic risk factors, select the appropriate assessment tool and conduct a detailed ergonomic risk assessment
    • Identify and analyze the biomechanical aspects of a manual material handling task and develop design recommendations to reduce the risk of injury
    • Evaluate an office work area for ergonomic concerns and provide design recommendations to improve performance and reduce injury risk
    • Assess a work-rest schedule and develop recommendations based on the physical demands of the task, worker characteristics and environmental conditions
    • Discuss the applicability of various standardized ergonomic assessment tools, including OWAS, RULA, REBA, and the Strain Index
    • Discuss various program management issues and the value-added of an integrated ergonomics program
  • Course Description
    Introduces the fundamental principles of ergonomics, including terminology, concepts, and applications of physiology, anthropometry, biomechanics, psychology, and engineering to work place and work methods design. Emphasizes the complex relationships among workers, job demands, work place designs, and work methods. Prepares students for advanced study in safety science, industrial hygiene, injury prevention, industrial engineering, and safety and health management.
  • Intended Audience
    Students interested in safety science, industrial hygiene, injury prevention, industrial engineering, and safety and health management.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on assignments, and mid-term and final exams.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Jacqueline Agnew
    Office: W7503
    Tel: 410-955-4037

    Myrna Callison

  • Disability Support Services
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