Introduction to Systems Approach and Macro Ergonomics (ERG 150)

Instructor: Michelle Robertson

June 25 – August 24, 2019 (Online)

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The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Macroergonomics field. Macroergonomics, also known as the third generation of ergonomics, is a top-down sociotechnical systems approach to the design of organizations, work systems, and jobs. The goal of macroergonomics is a fully harmonized work system at both the macro- and micro-ergonomic level which results in improved productivity, job satisfaction, health and safety, and employee commitment. Students will review case studies demonstrating the effects of macrerognomics interventions on employee well-being and performance.

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> Single Course Registration: $1,800

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • Define macro-ergonomics and the various disciplines that contribute to the field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of using a systems approach when designing, implementing and evaluating workplace interventions.
  • Describe the various macroergonomic methods and approaches to assess work systems and to consider the systems sociotechnical characteristics.
  • Learn the rationale for integrating safety and ergonomics programs utilizing participatory approaches to improve employees’ well-being and performance.
  • Gain appreciation and understanding to conducting organizational training assessments to design effective and efficient training programs.
  • Describe macro ergonomics and participatory approaches to surveillance, assessment and controls to prevent Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders and to optimize organizational effectiveness.
  • Recognize and identify new ways of working in office and computer work environments and their associated risk factors from a macroergonomics perspective.
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the macroergonomic issues in organizational change efforts.
  • Perform a systems analysis planning process for designing organizational interventions and developing business cases using the Intervention Design and Analysis Scorecard (IDEAS) tool.