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Ergonomics

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Ergonomics
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Biomedical Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2013
Module code: BMT1510
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2V (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
2
Semester: 5
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
German
Assessment:
Written exam

[updated 18.06.2023]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

BMT502 Biomedical Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2011 , semester 5, optional course
BMT1510 Biomedical Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2013 , semester 5, optional course
MAB.4.2.1.26 Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2013 , semester 3, optional course, course inactive since 23.10.2019
Workload:
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
30 class hours (= 22.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 60 hours (equivalent to 2 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 37.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
None.
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Dipl.-Ing. Friedbert Theis
Lecturer: Dipl.-Ing. Friedbert Theis

[updated 23.01.2010]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will be able to include ergonomics as a design factor in the development and design of medical devices in order to increase their usability.
They will be able to design human-machine systems and their environment in such a way that the variability of humans is taken into account with regard to their physiological and anthropometric characteristic, as well as their cognitive characteristics.

[updated 18.06.2023]
Module content:
1. Introduction
 1.1 History of ergonomics
 1.2 What “ergonomics” means today
 1.3 Applications for ergonomics
 1.4 The human-machine system
 
2. The human in focus
 2.1 Physiology
 2.2 Anthropometry
 2.3 Psychology
 
3. Looking at the human being from an ergonomic point of view
 3.1 Types of human work
 3.2 Stress and load concept
 
4. The services that humans can provide
 4.1 Ability to perform
 4.2 Willingness to perform
 
5. Introduction to the design of human-machine systems
 5.1 Levels of design
 5.2 Objectives
 
6. Anthropometric design
 6.1 Basics
 6.2 Body measurements, body postures
 
7. Physiological design
 7.1 Basics
 7.2 Design examples
 7.3 Posture, standing, sitting
 
8. Psychological design
 8.1 Basics
 8.2 Design examples
 
9. Information technology design
 9.1 Man as a system element
 9.2 Designing displays and control elements
 
10. Software ergonomics
 10.1 Software ergonomics / Usability
 10.2 Advantages of ergonomic software
 10.3 Design principles
 
11. Designing environmental influences
 11.1 Light and color
 11.2 Climate
 11.3 Sound
 11.4 Vibrations
 11.5 Radiation
 11.6 Hazardous substances

[updated 18.06.2023]
Recommended or required reading:
Bullinger: Ergonomie
Laurig: Grundzüge der Ergonomie
Schmidtke: Ergonomie
Zühlke: Menschengerechte Bedienung technischer Geräte

[updated 18.06.2023]
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