Ergonomic D


To learn how to implement working systems adequate to the needs and capacities of the persons, in a physical-motor perspective; to learn how to evaluate working postures;to learn how to design working elements adequate to the anthropometric dimensions of the employees; to learn how to structure working cycles in order to prevent musculoskeletal disorders; to understand the mechanisms associated to global fatigue and to local fatigue (static and dynamic); to learn how to select hand tools in order to prevent disorders and be effective during work.

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Responsible teacher

Ana Teresa Martins Videira Gabriel, Isabel Maria Nascimento Lopes Nunes


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MARRAS, William S., ed. lit....[et al.]  -  The ergonomics of manual work. London : Taylor & Francis, cop. 1993.
OBORNE, David J.  -  Ergonomics at work : human factors in design and development. 3rd ed.. Chichester, UK [etc.] : John Wiley & Sons, cop. 1995.
WILSON, John R., ed. lit. ; CORLETT, E. Nigel, ed. lit.  -  Evaluation of human work : a practical ergonomics methodology. 2nd ed. London : Taylor & Francis, cop. 1990.
PHEASANT, Stephen  -  Bodyspace : anthropometry, ergonomics and the design of work. 2nd ed. London : Taylor & Francis, cop. 1999.

Teaching method

The teaching method is based on contact with students who will be tutorial in nature, involving lectures, labs work monitoring and self-study.

Evaluation method

The evaluation will be based on different labs work.

Subject matter

  • Introduction to the musculoskeletal system;
  • Anthropometrics;
  • Working postures;
  • The design of workstations;
  • The process of fatigue related to static load;
  • The questionnaires to diagnose fatigue symptoms;
  • Introduction to electromyography;
  • Musculoskeletal disorders in the upper limbs, neck and low back; The Strain Index Methodology
  • The fatigue process related to dynamic activities;
  • The heart rate evaluation;
  • Introduction to biomechanics;
  • The ISO 11228-1:2003 methodology to evaluate the risk to low back pain;
  • The Snook and Ciriello reference values related to push and pull activities;
  • Manual hand tools and the risks associated to fatigue and distal upper limbs disorders.


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