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4 Credits
Available Winter/Summer term

ST 314
or equivalent statistical material
Kenneth Funk
212 Rogers Hall

Course Description

Principles and techniques of work measurement, methods engineering, workplace design, work sampling, and predetermined time systems. Basic human factors engineering and ergonomics principles applied to workplace design. The work systems engineering process. Lec/lab/rec.


  • Operations analysis and modeling: System, worker, environment, process
  • Project scheduling (Gantt Charts, CPM)
  • Anatomy, biomechanics
  • Work physiology, anthropometry, musculoskeletal disorders
  • Ethical and social issues of worksystems engineering
  • Workstation organization and design
  • Manual material handling
  • Hand tools
  • Controls and displays
  • Time/job, time study, predetermined time systems
  • Human error
  • Industrial safety

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. State human factors/ergonomic principles(HF/E) that influence the performance and safety of work systems (workers, equipment, and work processes).
  2. Apply HF/E guidelines and use standard HF/E tools (e.g., RULA, NIOSH Lift Equation) in the design of work systems.
  3. Model work systems using standard techniques, such as flow diagrams, process charts, operation charts, activity charts, block diagrams, and process maps, for purposes of work system documentation, analysis, and design.
  4. Apply a structured engineering process (analysis/requirements development, design, implementation, operation, evaluation, project management) to work system development.
  5. Determine the time required to do a job using standard data, occurrence sampling, time study, and predetermined time systems.
  6. Recognize and constructively address ethical, social, and environmental issues that arise in a work systems engineering project.
  7. Demonstrate writing skills pertinent to Work Systems Engineering.