MPH5244 - Ergonomic and physical hazards - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Margaret Stuckey


Dr Margaret Stuckey

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2019 (Off-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)




Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate degree


Introduction to principles & practice of ergonomics. Occupational hygiene as applied to physical hazards: noise, radiation, thermal environments & pressure effects.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and analyse the properties and effects of common occupational physical hazards;
  2. identify common occupational physical hazards and related risks and tools for risk quantification;
  3. identify when further expertise is required and refer appropriately to expert assistance;
  4. apply the principles of the 'hierarchy of controls' to the control of physical hazards, including communicating effectively to workers about the risks;
  5. conduct a simple ergonomic assessment using a systems approach to consider risks to workers from equipment, tools, environment and work design factors; and
  6. interpret the assessment results and develop and effectively communicate appropriate recommendations for risk controls.


  • Web-based tasks (10%)
  • Written assignments (45%) (Hurdle)
  • Examination (30%)
  • Multiple choice tests (15%)

Hurdle: Full attendance at unit block days.

Workload requirements

6 hours off campus, self-directed learning per week, 4 hours teacher directed learning per week, plus 20 contact hours over 3 block days.

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