HLTH07036 2020 Health Ergonomics and Integration

General Details

Full Title
Health Ergonomics and Integration
Transcript Title
Health Ergonomics and Integrat
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Thomas Smyth, Richeal Burns
Programme Membership
SG_SINFO_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Health and Medical Information Science

The aim of this module is to provide students with the concepts involved in designing ergonomic programmes in healthcare structures.  Students will learn strategies for integrating ergonomics into their health-related work systems in addition to exploring and understanding the use of cost-benefit strategies to successfully justify investments in ergonomics interventions. The module will also discuss proven mechanisms to ensure the long-term sustainability and success of these efforts.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


To become familiar with strategies to successfully implement ergonomics into work systems


To understand the steps involved in developing strategies for establishing an infrastructure from which an ergonomics program will function within the health sector


To critically examine barriers to programme implementation and understand drivers of and solutions for overcoming those barriers


To learn techniques to facilitate the interpretation and communication of cost benefit data to appropriate decision makers

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and learning for this module will be carried out through a combination of online lectures, computer based critical appraisal and online practical's. Blended learning approaches will be adapted consistent with digital learning paradigms. 

Online delivery of 1 lecture per week with self directed learning. Guidance provided on relevant areas for self directed learning.

Online delivery of 2 hour workshop weekly, where students will be directed to complete interactive type activities to enhance their study skills and knowledge.

Question and answer sessions provided in the live classroom.

A variety of methods of instruction such as discussion, group work, interactive exercises, use of online resources and/or use of audio/visual material will be provided. Core skills will be embedded into all modules to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. This may include academic writing, oral presentations, reading techniques or research abilities. Accessible materials will be provided to students, including slides, documents, audio/visual material and textbooks enabling students slow down speed up recordings etc in accordance with universal distance learning.

All module content will be based on the principles of UDL to ensure equitable access to content and learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by continuous assessment (100%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat examination will follow a similar format as applicable.

Indicative Syllabus

Overview of the objectives of ergonomic programmes in the health sector and more specifically in public healthcare delivery models; Rationale for systematically imbedding ergonomic principles into healthcare delivery structures; core tenants of management  and audit of ergonomics programmes; dynamic systems for health ergonomics and integration; methods to identify inefficiencies in system integration; methods for developing an ergonomic programme fit for purpose within infrastructural constraints; categorising and auditing risks factors affecting employees and consumers within the health sector; costing models for justification of ergonomic initiatives to management; and methodology for evaluation of effectiveness of ergonomic interventions.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 CA1: Group project on health systems integration Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Week 7 1,2,3,4
2 CA2: Computer-based practical project Continuous Assessment Assessment 60 % Week 13 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Online Problem-based Learning Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016-04-19 Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety, Second Edition CRC Press
ISBN 9781439830345 ISBN-13 1439830347

The first edition of Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety took the medical and ergonomics communities by storm with in-depth coverage of human factors and ergonomics research, concepts, theories, models, methods, and interventions and how they can be applied in health care. Other books focus on particular human factors and ergonomics issues such as human error or design of medical devices or a specific application such as emergency medicine. This book draws on both areas to provide a compendium of human factors and ergonomics issues relevant to health care and patient safety. The second edition takes a more practical approach with coverage of methods, interventions, and applications and a greater range of domains such as medication safety, surgery, anesthesia, and infection prevention. New topics include: work schedules error recovery telemedicine workflow analysis simulation health information technology development and design patient safety management Reflecting developments and advances in the five years since the first edition, the book explores medical technology and telemedicine and puts a special emphasis on the contributions of human factors and ergonomics to the improvement of patient safety and quality of care. In order to take patient safety to the next level, collaboration between human factors professionals and health care providers must occur. This book brings both groups closer to achieving that goal.

Required Reading
2016-11-18 Human Factors and Ergonomics in Practice CRC Press
ISBN 9781317120346 ISBN-13 1317120345

This edited book concerns the real practice of human factors and ergonomics (HF/E), conveying the perspectives and experiences of practitioners and other stakeholders in a variety of industrial sectors, organisational settings and working contexts. The book blends literature on the nature of practice with diverse and eclectic reflections from experience in a range of contexts, from healthcare to agriculture. It explores what helps and what hinders the achievement of the core goals of HF/E: improved system performance and human wellbeing. The book should be of interest to current HF/E practitioners, future HF/E practitioners, allied practitioners, HF/E advocates and ambassadors, researchers, policy makers and regulators, and clients of HF/E services and products.

Module Resources

Other Resources

A range of academic journal publications, online resources and applications will be used.