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BSc Human Factors in Safety

Recognised by Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for Workplace, Health and Safety Officer (WSHO) Registration and is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), UK.

BSc Human Factors in Safety


Overview

The one common factor in all places of work is this: It involves human. Everyone who goes to work deserves to go home safe and sound to their family. Ensuring the workplace is safe is of paramount importance to all organisations. Hazards are aplenty at the workplace and all stakeholders are now required to play a more proactive role in eliminating and reducing hazards and risks at work.

Human Factors (Ergonomics) is the science of understanding human capabilities, limitations, behaviour and emotions and applying this knowledge to design and evaluate systems, workplaces and environment to ensure that they are safe to work in and employees are able to be productive and happy at work.

This programme is a unique Workplace, Safety and Health (WHS) programme in that it shifts the focus back to the HUMAN in tackling workplace health and safety issues. Firstly it equips students with firm understanding of human capabilities and limitations – physical, cognitive and psychological. This knowledge is then applied to solving health and safety issues at work – whether it is in designing better fitting and more comfortable equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE), redesigning a workstation to make sure workers do not suffer unnecessary pain and aches, or in developing a more effective safety management system to inculcate a safer culture in the organisation.

Hence, this programme not only aims to equip you with knowledge in how to plan, implement, control and peform WHS audit but also to evaluate and design safer equipment, workplace and systems to improve safety, health, performance and satisfaction using human factors principles and methodology.

This programme is recognised by Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for Workplace, Health and Safety Officer (WSHO) Registration and is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), UK.

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Programme Structure

BSc Human Factors in Safety
Students are required to complete a total of 130 credit units ( cu) to graduate with a basic degree, inclusive of 10 cu of SUSS core courses.

The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 120 cu of compulsory courses; and
  • 10 cu of SUSS core courses

BSc Human Factors in Safety with Minor
Students are required to completed a total of 130 credit units ( cu) to graduate with a basic degree, inclusive of 10cu of SUSS core courses.

The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 80 cu of Human Factors in Safety compulsory courses;
  • 40 cu of minor course (Military Studies); and
  • 10 cu of SUSS core course.

The curriculum is structured such that:

  • Level 1 courses consist of foundational courses such as Calculus and Mathematics, Human Factors and Systems Fundamentals, Systems Concepts and Tools
  • Level 1 also covers fundamental courses to allow students to have a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of humans, including Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology,
  • Level 2 courses apply what is learnt at level 1 to the design and evaluation of systems, workplaces and environment. Some safety courses such as Behavioural Based Safety and Emergency and Response Planning are also introduced at this level. The Human Factors specialists must be equipped with a whole host of HF tools and methods and this is covered in a 10cu course entitled Human factors Methodology.
  • Level 3 courses cover advanced courses such as Cognitive Systems Engineering, and also all the safety related courses, such as Safety, Risk, Environment and Fatigue Management as well as Safety Standards, Legislations and Best Practices.

Note:
Students who intend to register as a WSH Officer upon graduation must complete these two University Core from Basket 2:

  • COR169 Lead and Influence
  • COR171: Managing Relationship

This programme is for you if you are:

  • Seeking for a very practical and extremely important discipline for study
  • Looking to join the WSH workforce to play a role in raising the work safety standards in Singapore
  • Currently a WSH professional wanting to further upgrade your knowledge and skills in WSH
  • Very interested in understanding people – how we process information and make decisions, what motivate us and why do we behave the way we do - and looking for practical applications for this knowledge
  • Currently working in industries that require you to be involved in ensuring workers’ health and safety but have little or no human factors engineering or ergonomics knowledge

As Singapore aims to be one of the safest country in the world to work in, this means that there is a growing need for Workplace, Safety and Health professionals in Singapore.

Mr. Gan Kim Yong, Acting Minister for Manpower, made the following comments at the BizSafe Convention, 2009, "Currently, we have only over 4,000 trained WSH Professionals. My Ministry has projected that we need to grow the size of the local pool of WSH professionals to 19,000-strong by 2018". Getting a degree in this discipline will give you the first step in moving into this profession.

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