Loughborough University

Ergonomics in Health and Community Care Diploma, MSc, PG certificate

Loughborough University
In Loughborough

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Typology Master
Location Loughborough
Start 15/09/2019
  • Master
  • Loughborough
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The Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programme is designed to provide a broad ergonomics education to suit the requirements of health professionals, including physiotherapists, patient-handling advisors and occupational therapists. Teaching will focus on the promotion of healthy and safe working, across public and domestic environments.
Our Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programme examines how best to ensure a good fit between people, the things they do, the objects they use, and the environments in which they work, travel and play in. You will apply theoretical principles, data and methods to ensure that design is optimised for human wellbeing and overall system performance.
Ergonomics in Health and Community Care is professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF). As the CIEHF is affiliated with the International Ergonomics Association, you will be exposed to a range of valuable employment opportunities worldwide.
You will benefit from teaching provided by world leading academics (for example, Professor George Havenith, Professor Sue Hignett and Professor Andrew Morris), industry experts and specialists in each area, to ensure that you are trained to the highest professional standard.
Previous guest speakers for this programme include industry experts from Humanscale, EDF Energy, Rolls Royce, AMEC, as well as specialists in health and safety, aviation safety, environmental health, health practitioners and experienced lecturers from other Universities.
The Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre facilities (e.g. environmental test suite, light and vision labs) enable you to the study of the interaction of people with their physical environment. This is located in a specially built facility close to the main School building.

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15 Sep 2019
Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, Leicestershire, England
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Starts 15 Sep 2019
Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, Leicestershire, England
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· What are the objectives of this course?

Your personal and professional development Loughborough Design School is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career. Future Career Prospects Our programmes have strong links with outside organisations. As part of the Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programme you will also be encouraged to undertake your main project in the field, providing realistic experiences and learning. The programme content has a strong practitioner bias where what you are learning provides vocational training towards a career as an ergonomist or human factors expert. Successful completion of these programmes will enable you to become a professional ergonomics or a human factors practitioner. The nature of the Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programmes also opens up possibilities in other scientific and research careers. As part of your programme, you will be encouraged to undertake your main project in industry, which will enable you to gain more work-related experiences in a related area. Graduate destinations Our recent graduate destinations include: Chief Trials Officer Ergonomist and Automotive Engineer Graduate Human Factors Engineer Human Factors Consultant Scientist Usability Engineer Atkins Canadian Army Trials and Evaluation Unit – Canada Faceui/Facetop Consulting Company – China Other employers of our recent graduates include Arup, Medstar Health, Semcon AB and Jaguar Land Rover Your personal development On successful completion of the MSc/PGDip, you should be able to achieve the following: Information Technology: use instructional material (eg, experimental demonstrations) and research tools (eg,. statistical packages) on computers, and search for relevant material on the internet numeracy: collect data in numerical form, present it in tables and graphs, and analyse it with a range of statistical tools problem solving: clarify questions, consider alternative solutions and evaluate outcomes

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What you'll study

Our Ergonomics in Health and Community Care MSc is designed to help you develop ergonomics competencies in critical and practical skills and scientific methods necessary for professional practice and for entry to further research training through teaching by research active staff.


Ergonomics in Health and Community Care covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Introduction to Ergonomics

Introduction to Ergonomics

Covered on the qualifications: MSc / Diploma / Certificate

Delivery date: 07 – 11 October 2019 inclusive

This module gives an overview of the different areas of ergonomics, providing orientation and context for future modules. In doing so, it introduces many of the academic and research staff who teach on the programmes, along with their areas of expertise and research. The module also gives a first consideration to a range of issues involved in the use and evaluation of products, equipment and other ergonomics interactions.

Module content: the history, philosophy, definition and scope of ergonomics; the human-machine-environment system; examples of research and practice in a wide range of ergonomics specialities.

Human Function

Human Function

Covered on the qualifications: MSc / Diploma / Certificate

Delivery date: 18 – 22 November 2019 inclusive

This module provides a foundation in human function relevant to ergonomics: anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and anthropometry. This includes an understanding of physical performance in work and leisure activities.

Module content: human movement and how the musculoskeletal system supports postural stability; static and dynamic physical work affects; body structures and how work influences physiological systems; fundamentals of anthropometry related to work/activity and its application to design.

Human Factors and Systems

Human Factors and Systems

Covered on the qualifications: MSc / Diploma

Delivery date: 17 – 21 February 2020 inclusive

The aim of this module is to enable you to understand the role of people in systems, and to examine methods for analysing complex systems and designing systems with effective roles for people. Human error is considered by looking at the causation of near misses, incidents, accidents and disasters, in the context of sociotechnical systems thinking.

Module content: the system approach with ergonomics and the role played by humans; methods for carrying out systems ergonomics; task analysis and allocation; accidents and errors; applications in information systems; patient safety; interactive design; job design and teams; human reliability.

Physical Health at Work

Physical Health at Work

Covered on the qualifications: MSc / Diploma / Certificate

Delivery date: 27 – 31 January 2020 inclusive

This module looks at aspects of modern work that can affect physical health. It includes consideration of physical agents such as dust, noise and vibration, and physical risk factors such as manual handling. It approaches these issues by understanding the problems, reviewing guidance and regulation, and discussing approaches to minimising and managing physical health risks at work.

Module content: hearing loss; vibration related disorders; eye strain; heat and cold stress; air quality; regulations and standards; management of risk; minimisation of adverse health effects on the physical environment; occupational stress; display screen equipment.

Data Collection and Analysis

Data Collection and Analysis

Covered on the qualifications: MSc / Diploma

Delivery date: 09 – 13 December 2019 inclusive

The aim of this module is to give you an appreciation of issues involved in the collection and analysis of data involving human participants. The module will include both quantitative and qualitative methodology. By the end of the module you will be able to understand the role of experimental design and analysis, the meaning of a number of standard statistical terms, the application of a number of standard statistical tests and the interpretation of the main elements of associated software output. This includes survey methods and techniques; interviewing (individual and group); sampling; analysis of protocols; observational methods; and checklists.

Module content: theory of qualitative data methodology; survey methods and questionnaire design; interviewing in individual and group (focus) settings; task analysis; observational methods; how to use NVivo and SPSS Software; overview of the role of statistics; presentation of data.

Project Module (Dissertation)

Project Module (Dissertation)

Covered on the qualification: MSc

Delivery date: 03 – 07 February 2020 inclusive

The aim of the project module is to write a dissertation to: recognise the main ergonomic factors in a given problem/ scenario; to understand the possible inter-relations between these; and to be able to discuss these and find more information on the issues and relationships in order to prepare possible courses of action.

Module content: you will learn how to systematically search and critically evaluate the literature. This includes ethics, methods, hypotheses, approach to the study, framework, models, results, analyses, interpretation etc. The project is conducted on an individual basis, usually in an industrial setting in your chosen area of specialism, under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Our extensive industrial network often contact us with possible projects for this module. This provides you with the opportunity to work on a real industry project which will be company based and may be within the UK or outside it. If you are currently in employment you may also undertake a project related to your place of work.

Examples of past projects include: an investigation of slips, trips and falls at a UK water supplier; evaluation of the effectiveness of a patient warning mattress; musculoskeletal disorders in medial gas filling operatives; cyclists use of lights and visibility promoting equipment.

Disability, Ageing and Inclusive Design

Disability, Ageing and Inclusive Design

Covered on qualifications: MSc / Diploma

Delivery date: 06 – 10 January 2020 inclusive

The aims of this module are to develop an awareness of ageing and disability and explore how ergonomists can play a part in the design of products, services and the built environment for older people and people with disabilities; to explore the concepts of ‘universal’ and ‘inclusive’ design, as applied to particular applications (low and high technology examples); and to examine the role of ergonomics in the development and evaluation of adaptations, generic or individual solutions.

Module content: definitions and demographics; media and social models of ageing and disability; contemporary issues in the philosophy, sociology and psychology of ageing and disability; legislation; information sources and relevant human factors techniques including user requirements capture and evaluation; practical experience and case studies of inclusive design principles and of solving accessibility and usability problems; reviews of current research – for example assistive/rehabilitation technology, inclusive design of products and services and the built environment.

Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety

Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety

Covered on qualifications: MSc / Diploma

Delivery date: 18 – 22 May 2020 inclusive

This module will include a range of topics from organisational culture to equipment user trials. It contextualises a range of ergonomic approaches within the health and community care sectors and considers how care delivery is affected by environmental design and safety culture.

Module content: safety culture and behaviour; the evaluation and development of spatial requirements for care; the design, purchasing and management of equipment solutions; patient and person handling in theatres, bariatrics, paediatrics and the range of community services; evaluating patient handling strategies and outcomes; patient safety systems and methods; financial analysis and the context of ergonomics within care organisations.

Patient Handling

Patient Handling

Covered on qualifications: MSc / Diploma / Certificate

Delivery date: 16 – 20 March 2020 inclusive

This module will include a range of topics from organisational culture to equipment user trials. It contextualises a range of ergonomic approaches within the health and community care sectors and considers how care delivery is affected by environmental design, safety culture.

Module content: health and safety law and regulation; health and social care law and its effect on the delivery of patient handling; patient handling risk assessment for lying and seated transfers and mobility activities; models of human movement and its role in injury reduction; pathology, rehabilitation and the management of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace; evaluation of training methods and interventions in patient handling.

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