HFS206e addresses the structures, functions, capabilities and limitations of the musculo-skeletal system. The biological basis addresses structural, surface and functional anatomy, and some of the physiological processes underlying muscle contraction and control. The mechanics basis covers mechanical units, statics and dynamics. The biomechanics content addresses the measurement of posture and movement, and the associated moments, compressions and tensions in the various structures. The application content covers working postures, manual materials handling and manipulation activities. Contemporary occupational biomechanics also includes a collection of computer based biomechanical models. The pathology/epidemiology component addresses such things as low back strain and other work related musculo-skeletal disorders. Finally, the physical ergonomics component introduces various laboratory and field measurement tools and preventive approaches such as workplace, equipment, tool and task design.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.