Ergonomics and Human Factors for Railways

Module Title - Ergonomics and Human Factors for Railways
Number of credits - 10

Module description 

This is a very practice oriented module, taking a holistic approach to human interaction with technology, with the content ranging from anthropometry to ergonomics based risk assessment. Attention is given to the needs of both customers of railways and of staff associated with their operations.

Classical ergonomics, such as the design of work places, vehicle interiors and other railway related environments, are covered as well as more philosophical issues, such as the concepts of fitness for purpose, usability and acceptance.

The module includes a reasonable number of lectures but much of the learning is through a practical group project where participants apply the concept of triangulation to real-life situations. Typically, this project involves user requirements analysis, simulation of ageing and disability and the preparation and trialling of design mock-ups.