Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 6420 - Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics

Catalog Description:

Topics related to work physiology and biomechanics. Topics include anthropometry, skeletal system and muscle, neuromuscular control system, biomechanics, respiratory system, circulatory systems, and metabolic system.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Prerequisite: IME 2610 or IME 2620 or equivalent. (Recommended)

Credits: 3 hrs

Notes: Open to Graduate Students Only.

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3-0)

Prerequisites by Topic:

Basic knowledge of statistics; Means, standard deviations, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, design of experiments, SAS or Minitab. (IME 2610, IME 2620, or IME 5160)

Course Objectives:

At the end of the semester the student should have the ability to:

  1. Accurately recognize hazards (ergonomic in nature), based upon the relationship between an individual and their work, which are likely to cause occupational illnesses or injuries.
  2. Collect reliable and reproducible data, statistically analyze the data, discuss implications of the data, and draw reasonable conclusions.
  3. Understand the ramifications (ethical and legal) of collecting data on human.
  4. Have the ability to use specialized ergonomic equipment to determine components of work, which pose and increase an increased risk of injury.
  5. Apply government guidelines to the workplace to ensure worker safety;
  6. Document a final report in a scholarly manner.


Tayyari, Fariborz, and Smith, James, (2003). Occupational Ergonomics: Principles and Applications. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Pheasant, Stephen, and Haslegrave, Christine, (2005). Bodyspace. Third Edition, Taylor & Francis.


Chaffin, D.B., Andersson, G.B.J., and Martin, B.J., (1999). Occupational Biomechanics. Fourth Edition, John Wiley & Sons.


  • Human Factors
  • Ergonomics
  • International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, etc.

Course Coordinator:

Tycho Fredericks
Western Michigan University
E-223 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3360

Revision Date: Spring 2010


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