Engineering Professional Education

Applied Ergonomics


Fall 2017

Days/Time: MWF / 11:30 am-12:20 pm
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
To obtain sufficient information and skills to be able to perform specific types of ergonomic analyses as well as design jobs and systems consistent with human factors principles.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform specific types of ergonomic analyses as well as design jobs and systems consistent with human factors engineering principles. Based on a survey at the beginning of the course, some topics may be changed if there is specific demand. Currently, the goal is to have students be proficient in the following: Be able to analyze and design work to fit human anthropometric requirements; Be able to analyze and design work to meet human physiological limitations, including lifting tasks; Be able to conduct time studies and use predetermined time system modeling; Be able to perform task analysis and process mapping; Be able to analyze and design work to meet human cognitive limitations; Be able to determine function allocation between automation and human tasks; Be able to model basic human performance at movement, detection, and control tasks; Identify common human errors and perform human reliability analysis; and Be able to design displays that meet basic human-computer interaction principles. Be able to write technical reports describing the results of human factors analysis; Be able to present technical material describing the results of human factors analysis.
Fall 2017 Syllabus

Topics Covered:
Anthropometrics, work physiology, methods analysis, lifting analysis, learning, time studies, synthetic data systems, activity sampling, sampling methods, process mapping, basic concepts in cognition, decision-making, task/workload, situation awareness, function allocation, supervisory control, performance modeling, human error analysis, human-computer interaction principles.

B.S. in engineering or final year of undergraduate studies in engineering.

Applied/Theory: 70/30

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Grades, Lecture Notes, & Homework Assignments

There will be numerous (approximately 24) lecture assignments due nominally before the lecture(s) on each topic is/are conducted. These will be fairly simple and short assignments walking you through the material step-by-step.

There will be nine (9) mini-projects, one on each of the first nine objectives listed above, for which you will submit a technical report describing the results. One of these technical reports must be supplemented with a video presentation.

There will be no exams or quizzes.

Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member.
Tentative--Required: Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 4th Ed. Wiley, G. Salvendy, ed. ISBN: 978-0-470-52838-9 (hardback) or ISBN: 978-1-118-12906-7 (ebook). This e-book for this text is available to all students using your Purdue ID and Password. To access this e-book, please click on the 'online resource' link within the following Purdue Libraries Catalog weblink:

Computer Requirements:
ProEd minimum computer requirements.

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Steven J. Landry



Purdue University
School of Industrial Engineering
315 N Grant St
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2023


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