I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2021
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Occupational Health and Safety
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20210118_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This is a course offered through OntarioLearn. Access to the course materials will be through OntarioLearn.com and you will be sent an email with your login details.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students explore ergonomic principles highlighting basic worksite investigations and familiarization with the principles relating to anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, manual material handling, cumulative trauma disorders and office ergonomics.

Program Context

Occupational Health and Safety Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This course is part of the Occupational Health and Safety Program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of the course, students will have the ability to:
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply basic principles of anatomy, physiology, bio-mechanics and information processing, in the design of workplaces.
  2. Apply musculoskeletal and physiological knowledge to reduce injuries.
  3. Apply manual materials handling knowledge to reduce back injuries.
  4. Use NIOSH equation to reduce back injuries.
  5. Analyze jobs from an ergonomics perspective and conduct job analyses.
  6. Identify environmental hazards.
  7. Design workplaces using ergonomics principles. Design an ergonomics program.
  8. Design office environments using ergonomics principles

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Discussion Forums20.0%
 Case Study10.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
LATE ASSIGNMENTS Students are responsible for meeting all course deadlines with respect to assignments, projects, and examinations. Assignments are due on the date specified on the course calendar and in the format indicated in assignment descriptions. All late assignments will be subjected to an immediate 10% penalty. The Student may submit the work within five days of the due date with a 10% penalty per day. After five days the assignment will not be accepted and a mark of zero will be recorded. In cases of a medical or compassionate issue which prevents the student from submitting an assignment, the facilitator is to be informed at least one day prior to the scheduled date by email and accompanying documentation may be required in order for the assignment to be rescheduled. If the issue prevents contact with the facilitator ahead of time, the student must present documentation as soon as they are able to resume their studies. All Brightspace quizzes need to be completed in the time frame indicated by the online facilitator and/or in the course. Please note that there are no extensions or rewrites of electronic and/or publisher website quizzes, unless documentation is provided that clearly states that the student was unable to write the quiz in this time frame.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
  • Portfolio

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: Online
Professor: Multiple Professors
OptionalTextbookFitting The Human: Introduction to Ergonomics, Kroemer, Karl, 7th, ISBN 9781498746892

Applicable student group(s): Continuing and Professional Studies Students.
Course Details:

Apply basic principles of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and information processing, in the design of workplaces.

  • Apply musculoskeletal and physiological knowledge to reduce injuries 
  • Apply manual materials handling knowledge to reduce back injuries 
  • Use NIOSH equation to reduce back injuries

Analyze jobs from an ergonomics perspective.

  • Discuss basic techniques used in conducting a job analysis.
  • Conduct job analyses
  • Evaluate and design a work area for any population
  • Identify the 7 principles of tool design
  • Identify common human and system element interactions
  • Defend key advantages of utilising ergonomic designs

Identify environmental hazards.

  • Identify how the body regulates temperature
  • Identify sources of glare in your workplace and mitigate it
  • Identify the maximum noise level for an 8 hr shift
  • Define circadian rhythms and explain their importance in ergonomics
  • Quantify various physical stresses on the body
  • Identify location of common work accidents

Design workplaces using ergonomics principles.

  • Identify the main components of an ergonomics program
  • Design an ergonomics program 
  • List major areas of health risk for common workplace activities
  • Identify common work station adjustments

Design office environments using ergonomics principles.

  • Analyze and adjust a person's workstation
  • Identify job requirements
  • List and analyze behavioural patterns
  • Configure workstations for a variety of individuals and their characteristics


Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

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Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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