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Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics (B M E 564) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    understand the basic concepts and design tools needed to consider the physiological basis of human work in the design of industrial operations, equipment and products that are healthful and safe.
  • 2
    understand how to design workspaces for a diverse work population to accommodate the variability of human dimensions.
  • 3
    determine when loads and forces encountered in manual tasks exceed human strength limits.
  • 4
    understand how to prevent fatigue and enhance performance by designing tasks that account for human energy requirements.
  • 5
    to design work environments that prevent excessive exposure to noise and vibration.
  • 6
    to design physically demanding work for hot and cold environments.
  • 7
    to establish work schedules that prevent adverse effects of shift work.
  • 8
    to design manual material handling tasks that prevent back injuries.
  • 9
    to analyze workstations and tasks for upper limb disorder risk factors.
  • 10
    to institute a plant ergonomics program to control musculoskeletal injuries.
Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics
B M E 564 ( 3 Credits )
Introduces engineers how to design manufacturing and industrial operations in which people play a significant role, so that human capabilities are maximized, physical stress is minimized, and workload is optimized. Examples and topics emphasize industrial applications.
ISYE 349, or Biomed Engr 315, or Grad standing
College: College of Engineering
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ABET Program Outcomes Associated with this Course
Program Specific Student Outcomes
(1) Understanding of biology and physiology as related to biomedical engineering needs.
(2) Ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), sciences, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology and to model biological systems
Brief List of Topics to be Covered

Design for Human Variability, Engineering Antropometry, Antropometric Design, Muscular Contraction and Movement, Biomechanical Analysis of Work, Human Strength and Design, Human Performance Measurement, Timed Activity Analysis, Multimedia Video Task Analysis, Energy Demands of Work, Work/Rest Cycles and Fatigue

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