Introduction to Ergonomics and Human Factors

Summary: This two-day training in ergonomics and human factors will introduce basic principles and approaches, develop skills and provide in-depth case studies relevant to industry practice across different sectors.

Provider: Robert Gordon University
Location: Garthdee Campus, Aberdeen
Duration: 2 days
Knowledge/experience needed: Some industry experience (recommended minimum 2 years).  No specific ergonomics experience is necessary.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01224 262503

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at professionals across a range of sectors who are at any stage within their careers but in terms of ergonomics & human factors are novice practitioners.  

Why should you attend?

This course is delivered entirely by chartered ergonomists with considerable experience of teaching in a variety of settings.  RGU’s riverside campus setting is fortunate to have some unique highly specialised facilities and equipment and labs which will be used for the course.   

What you will learn

Using a combination of theory, discussion workshop and practical elements the course will assume minimal industrial knowledge of ergonomics, and provide delegates with core knowledge in ergonomics and human factors.   

Expected outcomes

This CIEHF Accredited course will enable participants to build foundation knowledge in key E/HF areas that will support and enhance working practice, performance and wellbeing.

Course content

Lectures will cover an Introduction to Ergonomics; Task Analysis, The human body at work and Principles and tools for Human-centred Design.  Workshops will cover case studies from different sectors, task analysis in different occupational settings, challenging work environments and a wider accessibility agenda.  The final workshop discussion will relate to learning from experience and involve incident case studies which may be provided by delegates, and will be assessed against CIEHF competencies.  Practicals will include functional evaluation, options from health and industrial settings, computer display screen set up, moving and handling objects and individuals.  Each day will have a brief summary of key learning outcomes.


Assessment will be via the final workshop which will comprise a Scenario discussion involving one topic, task or situation which will have been pre-identified as a part of course application registration.  If no suitable scenario is identified from with a person’s professional practice, alternatively a case study which is vocationally relevant to the individual, but which has not been discussed within the course.

The assessment will specifically require individuals to:

  • Describe the context as well as the prevailing circumstances of the scenario, and who is implicated and involved.
  • Identify the system or systems involved
  • Use hierarchical or other task analysis approaches to define requirements
  • To map the response of the individual or individuals in the scenario against key E/HF principles and competencies covered in the course (minimum of 4)

What’s included?

This will involve pre-delivery coursework to facilitate discussions and case studies, which will augment the theory to build foundation knowledge, and align these to key competencies from CIEHF.  The delegate price includes all the delivery of all teaching material, digital copies of lecture material, attendance certificates which will specifically identify which competencies have been demonstrated, tea/ coffee and lunches.

About us

Robert Gordon University (RGU) is an innovative, accessible, impactful and professionally-focused university offering a wide range of degrees and short courses across a number of academic disciplines.  We are recognised regionally and internationally for our teaching excellence, close links with industry, impactful research and top graduate employability record.  We offer practical, professional learning in an accessible way to ensure you have the opportunity to develop your own capabilities and advance your career.