Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors (Distance Learning) PGCert

 
  

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Qualification
PGCert Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors (Distance Learning)
Duration
Part-time only
Entry requirements
2.2 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Other requirements
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This part time course is designed to give you ergonomics and human factors experience needed for a range of industries.
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The Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors (Distance Learning) Postgraduate Certificate is specially designed to be undertaken by employees in any organisation who need to apply ergonomics principles to their work. It will provide an understanding of the key issues related to workplace ergonomics and work design and will also direct students towards additional resources to facilitate the learning process.

Students will be required to use this understanding both to complete the course and to apply the knowledge gained in real situations in the workplace. The distance learning format means that most of the material and recommended background reading can be undertaken by the student in their own time, but with access to and support from university staff.

On successful completion of the course students should have an understanding of the importance of ergonomics in the workplace, a basic knowledge of ergonomics theory and the ability to use a number of valuable ergonomics assessment techniques.

The course has a flexible structure which allows you to manage when and where you study. We will provide you with the support you need throughout your course, through telephone, email and online tutorials.  You will be taught by a team who actively work as researchers and consultants and can share their experience of applying ergonomics to the real world.

Entry requirements: A high 2:2 (or international equivalent) in any relevant subject. Qualifications below the minimum are considered if applicants have substantial relevant experience.

This course will develop:

  • graduates who understand and can apply theory, method and practice of human factors/ergonomics for analysing and evaluating products and work situation
  • knowledge and understanding of human factors relevant to the workplace
  • knowledge and understanding of how human factors principles and methods can be used in the design and management of organisational systems to improve performance, productivity and quality while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the workforce
  • critical and analytical skills relevant to the practice of human factors/ergonomics
  • the ability to work independently and to design and conduct independent research within organisational contexts

Key facts

  • The course has been recognised by The Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors as a Level 1 course. This means that after successfully completing the course you will gain full credit for the relevant secondary knowledge area when applying for Registered Membership of the Society.
  • The department also offers an MSc Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors (Distance Learning). Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate course will count towards the award of an MSc if you decide to continue your studies.
  • There are no geographical limits to this course, it can be studied from any country, all elements are through distance learning
  • The Faculty of Engineering conducts research that has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (2014) as being world-leading or internationally excellent, placing it in the UK’s top ten universities for engineering.

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Engineering English language and study skills course. This course isdesigned in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering to prepare students going onto engineering programmes.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to your MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

For more details, please visit the CELE website or contact cele-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk.

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Course details

The modules on this course are designed to lead from the theoretical basis of each topic to the practical application of that knowledge.

This is a distance learning course. Distance learning allows you to:

  • enhance your ability to operate in a virtual environment
  • proceed at your own pace and study at any time 24/7
  • study anywhere you like using a computer connected to the internet
  • benefit from online tutor support
  • take part in online self-managed learning groups and work in collaboration with fellow course participants
  • enjoy access at any time to the online information system at The University of Nottingham

For more information on distance learning see the University's distance learning pages

The course is taught through the online virtual learning environment Moodle which supports and extends communication between students and staff. Modules are accessed through Moodle through the University website and use virtual discussion groups and tutorials, self directed study, self managed learning, group tasks and coursework.

 
 

Modules

You will study two modules each taken over a six month period. The first module starts in September and the second in March. Each module has a value of 30 credits and represents 300 hours of study, including formal teaching, independent study, and the preparation of assessments. The modules are assessed by project work or course work.

The first module you will study is:

This module provides a broad overview of the discipline of ergonomics and practical guidance for applying ergonomics techniques.
 

You will then have a choice to take one module from the three modules:

This module teaches students about the methods commonly used in ergonomics investigations including questionnaire design, interviewing, experimental design and statistics. Students are also introduced to methods within the professional practice of ergonomics including problem identification.
 
This module covers the topics relating to the practice of ergonomics within an organisation and includes topics such as job design, motivation, stress, teamwork, safety management systems, human error predication, socio-technical systems and social psychological aspects of work. 
 
A practical piece of work usually undertaken by the student in their workplace. The module is designed to be taken by employees in any organisation who can apply ergonomics in their work. The candidates will apply the materials and ideas from previous ergonomics investigation of value to their organisation.
 

A practical piece of work undertaken by the student in their workplace.

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

Each module is offered over a 26-week span once a year.

Normally you will study two modules in one year - most students will gain their postgraduate qualification in one year.

Students usually transfer to the MSc in Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors (Distance Learning).

Once you have obtained the postgraduate certificate in Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors, this counts as 60 credits towards the MSc Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors (Distance Learning) if you wish to continue your studies.

For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Further funding may be available through the Faculty of Engineering, details can be found on the Faculty website.

International and EU students

The International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Our graduating postgraduate students are very much in demand with employers.

 This course can enable you to:

  • demonstrate to an employer that you are a forward thinking individual, who cares about your own professional development
  • achieve a qualification equivalent to that of a face-to-face postgraduate certificate
  • advance your career prospects

As well as offering you the chance to pursue a fulfilling career within industry and related areas, the postgraduate programmes offered by the department provide an excellent foundation for further research and a significant number of our students continue their studies to PhD level and beyond.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 87.5% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,300 with the highest being £26,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research

 
 
 
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