New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Ergonomics Topics for the Undergraduate Classroom
The industrial engineering classroom must continually evolve to meet the needs of a changing workplace. In the undergraduate education of an industrial engineer, the core curriculum is packed with broad topics including Engineering Economy, Statistics, Operations Research and Manufacturing Systems. Most Industrial Engineering programs will include a course or a series of courses in Work Design and/or Ergonomics, although the content coverage will likely vary depending on the term length, instructor preference and institutional focus. The introductory course may scratch the surface of a variety of topics or provide an in-depth look at a focused group of topics.
The purpose of this paper is to analyze the topics taught in traditional Ergonomics courses. With the understanding that undergraduate ergonomic courses should align with professional societies as well as industrial needs, the courses and labs are compared to professional standards of well-respected industrial and academic organizations. In addition, ongoing discussions with external industrial constituents validate the importance of contemporary topics to prepare students to enter the workforce.
This information can be used to assess core competencies and appropriate performance criteria to improve course content and delivery. Two courses will be contrasted based on their syllabus topics with future applications to learning objectives, lab resources, and teaching strategies.
Lynch-Caris, T. M., & Pohl, L. M. (2016, June), Ergonomics Topics for the Undergraduate Classroom Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26733
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