After passing the course, the student can:
- name and explain the anatomy and function of the human musculoskeletal system and its (im)possible range of motion
- name and apply the terminology of human anatomy and movement
- determine which physical structers are involved and/or subjected to a load during a specific manoeuvre, using a posture or movement analysis.
- calculate the maximum acceptable force necessary for a certain type of load exercise, using laws of physics
- estimate the maximum acceptable force necessary for a certain type of load exercise, using a workplace assessment method
- apply and use the results of the assesments and estimates as mentioned above, in the (re-)design process
This is a part of Module 5, ID 5 Human Product Relations of the Bachelor Industrial Design Engineering. See here for the complete description of this module.|
Physical ergonomics is concerned with human anatomy, and some of the anthropometric, physiological and (bio-)mechanical characteristics as they relate to physical activity. Physical ergonomic principles have been widely used in the design of both consumer and industrial products. In this course the students are introduced to these principles. In order to understand these, the course is split into two sections. The first section consists of three lectures regarding the human anatomy and physical functioning. This section is concluded with an written exam. The second section consists of one and a halve lecture in which previously acquired knowledge regarding statics and dynamics will be applied to human functioning. In the final one and a halve lecture a workplace assessment method will be introduced. This method is based on specific measuring techniques which, in combination with existing ergonomic guidelines, assesses a work situation to what extent the worker’s health is threatened. Although this method is primarily aimed to working conditions, it can also certainly be used to improve the ergonomic aspects of a consumer product, by including the outcome of an assessment in the (re-)design process.
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