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OT2004 - Ergonomics and Occupational Performance at Work

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

Available to level 2 Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy IHCAP, Occupational Therapy Post Qualification and Occupational Therapy Honours students and level 2 students in other health science disciplines approved by the head of Occupational Therapy.

This subject provides an overview, application and competencies of ergonomics, occupational health and safety. The relevant legislation is identified and explored in relation to principles of risk management, job auditing and occupational health and safety management systems. Common work related injuries are revised to enable development of occupational rehabilitation including functional capacity evaluation, assessing job and workplace demands (environmental factors, physical, psychosocial, mental and cognitive effects on workload), work conditioning and devising graduated return to work programs and ergonomic manipulation such as workplace modifications.Ergonomics applies knowledge acquired in first and second year basic science subjects to enable the therapist to relate ergonomics to musculo-skeletal effort, physiological demand, endurance, posture and tool use.Students may be required to undertake clinical placement in a facility away from the campus at which they are currently enrolled, at their own expense.

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to identify risks within the workplace and make recommendations to improve safety;
  • ability to apply knowledge of workplace injuries, rehabilitation and ergonomics in the return to work of injured workers;
  • knowledge of the key legislative requirements of workplace rehabilitation and occupational health and safety;
  • ability to use principles of ergonomics to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury at work.
Prerequisites: OT2006 and RH2001


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Mrs Louise Myles
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Mrs Louise Myles.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 20 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (20%); assignments (20%); learning plan (10%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Successful completion of fieldwork education placement. Must achieve 40% or over on final written exam.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.