Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

149404 v.2 Master of Ergonomics


This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas


This course provides individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds with an advanced understanding of human interaction with tools, machines, tasks, jobs, environments and technological systems. It develops knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and improve the physical and mental matching of technology and humans. It also includes theoretical and practical components where evaluation and implementation skills are enhanced and developed. Students review literature on a number of relevant topics and undertake research to address a specific research question.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A bachelor degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline from a recognised tertiary institution and a strong academic record together with a minimum of two years relevant work experience at a postgraduate level. Demonstration of a commitment to continuing education and development of the profession are also required. Numbers are restricted and selection is made on the basis of academic record, postgraduate experience, demonstrated commitment to the area and referee reports.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication. Essential learning strategies demand that all students disrobe appropriately, have the ability to participate fully and are willing to act as subjects for their peer group. Some practical classes require students to wear minimal clothing (underwear or bathers).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is three semesters full-time or equivalent part-time study. Not all units are available every semester.

Course Organisation

The course is taught within standard semesters except that students are required to work on research projects specifically for Ergonomics Theory and Practice 651 and 652 during the non-contact weeks and during the inter-semester break. A combination of daytime and evening classes are offered. Health Research Methods 581 and Clinical Research Methods 582 are offered in the distance education mode.

Professional Recognition

Graduates meet the competency standards of the Ergonomics Society of Australia.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

13078 v.2   Physical Ergonomics 653 5.0 25.0
13079 v.2   Cognitive Ergonomics 603 5.0 25.0
13080 v.2   Ergonomics Theory and Practice 651 5.0 25.0
305756 v.1   Ergonomics Practice 651 5.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

13082 v.2   Ergonomics Theory and Practice 652 5.0 25.0
5698 v.5   Organisational Behaviour 550 3.0 25.0
6716 v.8   Research Methods 603 4.0 25.0
  SELECT 1 OPTION   25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

13060 v.3   Professional Project 650 10.0 50.0
13061 v.2   Professional Practice 651 4.0 25.0
13062 v.2   Professional Practice 652 2.0 12.5
13063 v.2   Professional Practice 653 2.0 12.5
Optional Units to Select From in Year 1 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credits
5757 v.6   Organisation Change and Development 573 3.0 25.0
10682 v.2   Occupational Health and Safety Management 581 4.0 25.0
10701 v.3   Organisational Stress and Well Being 610 3.0 25.0
13068 v.2   Anatomy and Biomechanics 651 4.0 25.0
13147 v.2   Rehabilitation Case Management 680 4.0 25.0


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