Module 2: Anthropometric and biomechanical aspects of ergonomic design

Time requirement: approx. 90 minutes, of which 52 minutes are for anthropometrics and 38 minutes for biomechanics
Last update 2017

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Module 2 - Anthropometric and biomechanical aspects 

Learning objections

The students become familar with:

  • An understanding of human body dimensions and their distribution
  • Recognition of the relationships between body and design dimensions, and differentiation between design dimensions
  • Recognition of factors influencing body dimensions
  • Knowledge of national and international sources of data and their application
  • Knowledge of important data relating to visual geometry, and of their application and significance
  • Insights into conventional and modern tools for workplace and product design
  • Findings relating to seat reference points for design
  • Knowledge of the main functional dimensions such as areas of reach, body space envelopes and safety distances, and of their significance and differentiation between them
  • Determining of aspects of physical stress and strain
  • Distinction between the effects of physical stress upon human beings
  • Insights into forms of muscle work
  • Familiarity with distinctions between physical strengths
  • Findings relating to influences upon maximum and permissible physical forces
  • Insights into the structure and functioning of the spine
  • Knowledge of stress factors and limits
  • Knowledge of strategies for evaluation and of normative references

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