Ergonomic Systems Design D


The scope of the course on System Ergonomic Design (Conceção Ergonómica de Sistemas ) is the optimisation the human-system compatibility, considering human capabilities and limitations. 
The aim of the course is to provide knowledge about methodologies oriented to error, fatigue and stress reduction, as well as improve equipment usage, increase productivity, taking into account the safety, health, comfort and satisfaction of people at work.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Teresa Martins Videira Gabriel, Isabel Maria Nascimento Lopes Nunes


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 42

Teaching language



No requirement.


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Tullis T.&Albert B. Measuring the user experience, Elsevier, 2008

Nielsen J.&Budiu R. Mobile Usability, New Riders, 2013

Nunes, I. L. A importância da avaliação ...O caso da exposição à vibração , in 3ª Jornadas Técnicas de Engenharia Logística Militar, EME, 2005

Bonney R. Human responses to vibration: principles and methods in Evaluation of Human Work, J. Wilson &E. Corlett (eds), Taylor & Francis, 1995

DL nº 46/2006, de 24/2, Prescrições mínimas ... agentes físicos (vibrações)

Kompier M. &Levi L.O stress no trabalho: causas, efeitos e prevenção. Guia para PME. FEMCVT, Dublin, 1995

Park K.S. Human Error in Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics. G. Salvendy (ed). J.Wiley & Sons, 1997

Teaching method

The teaching methods are diverse and tailored to the number of students enrolled, involving oral presentation by the teacher (classes and / or tutorial sessions), discussion with students and solving case studies.

Evaluation method

The assessment is continuous. It is accomplished through individual work that explores a subject matter relevant to the student''''s research project. This work also aims to contribute to the "literature review" of the doctoral thesis of the student.

The work must be presented in the form of paper and the student must perform its  oral presentation and discussion.

Subject matter

1 Design of Work systems with computers: Ergonomic requirements. Legislation. Workstation components and layout. Occupational health problems. Stress. New HCI: touchscreens.

2 Interfaces design. Human-system interaction. User centered development of interfaces. Usability Principles. Prototyping. Methods for evaluating usability.

3 Design of Work Systems subject to vibration (hand-arm and whole body). Characterization. Injuries associated with exposure to vibration. Measurement and exposure assessment. The case of the design and use of motorized hand tools. The case of professional driving tasks.

4 Systems Design Work supported by a modeling Human CAD tool . Advantages. Presentation of SAMMIE system. Characterization of its core functionality.

5 Design of Work Systems and human error. Human reliability. Assessment methodology.


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