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Course Director: Vassilis Papakostopoulos
Course Code: 7204
Educational Units: 4
ECTS Units: 6
Type: Compulsory (C)
Semester: 05 (Winter)
Hours: 4 hours lecture


Topics covered in this course include:

  • Introduction to Ergonomics: Definitions, objectives, fields of study
  • Ergonomic work analysis
  • Systems and senses of the human body
  • Muscular work and nervous control of movements
  • Anthropometry
  • Design of workplaces and product design
  • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Evaluating physical workload and lifting
  • Controls and displays
  • Design of human-machine interface
  • Lighting environment
  • Sound environment
  • Thermal environment

The students are able to:

  • Describe those morphological/ environmental elements of a work system that do not render this system optimal for human use

  • Determine ranges of comfort zones in order to optimize human-system interaction in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and human well-being

  • Develop guidelines for the ergonomic design of a new system or the redesign of an already existing one

  • Apply principles and techniques of anthropometrics to accommodate 95 percent of the user population

  • Εvaluate the impact of emerging design solutions in terms of expected benefits in relation to implementation costs

Suggested bibliography:

  • Μαρμαράς, Ν., και Ναθαναήλ, Δ. (2015). Εισαγωγή στην Εργονομία (2η έκδοση). Αθήνα: Σύνδεσμός Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών.
  • McCauley-Bush, P. (2011). Ergonomics: Foundational Principles, Applications, and Technologies. London: Taylor & Francis.
  • Wilson, J.R., & Corlett, N. (2010). Evaluation of Human Work (3rd edition). London: Taylor & Francis.


Related academic journals:

  • Ergonomics
  • Human Factors
  • Applied Ergonomics