Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia

Systems Ergonomic Design



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia


Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica e Industrial



Teacher in charge

Isabel Maria Nascimento Lopes Nunes, Maria Celeste Rodrigues Jacinto

Weekly hours


Total hours


Teaching language



The aim of the course is to provide knowledge about methodologies oriented to error, fatigue and stress reduction, as well as improve equipment usage, increase productivity, taking into account the safety, health, comfort and satisfaction of people at work.


None are compulsory. However, it is highly recommended that students have finished the curricular units  of Ergonomics  and Occupational Safety and Health, since there is continuity in the themes addressed.

Subject matter

1 Design of Work systems with computers: Ergonomic requirements. Legislation. Workstation components and layout. Occupational health problems. Stress. New HCI: touchscreens.

2 Interfaces design. Human-system interaction. User centered development of interfaces. Usability Principles. Prototyping. Methods for evaluating usability.

Design of Work Systems and human error. Human reliability. Assessment methodology.

4 Systems Design Work supported by a LESS (Lean, Ergonomics, Six Sigma) framework. Advantages. Tools to support LESS implementation:checklists, RULA, OWAS, SAMMIE system-modeling Human CAD tool, presentationa and characterization of their core functionality.


Norman D. A. The Design of Everyday Things, The MIT Press, 1998

Nielsen J. Usability Engineering, Acad Press, 1993

Tullis T.&Albert B. Measuring the user experience, Elsevier, 2008

Nielsen J.&Budiu R. Mobile Usability, New Riders, 2013

Kompier M. &Levi L.O stress no trabalho: causas, efeitos e prevenção. Guia para PME. FEMCVT, Dublin, 1995

Park K.S. Human Error in Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics. G. Salvendy (ed). J.Wiley & Sons, 1997


Teaching method

The theoretical  sessions (2 hours per week), in which the main concepts of the course are explained, are supported by data show.

The practical sessions occur in the lab (2 hours per week), in which students will participate in the following activities :

• evaluation and design of workstation with computers, preferably inside the Campus;

• development of a prototype application: design of interfaces and interactions;

• usability evaluation of a human-system interface;

• problem-solving supported by practical cases - for example, analisys and classification of human errors. Application of methods for ergonomics assessment.

• 3D simulation of jobs using the software SAMMIE.


Evaluation method

The evaluation process has the following components:
- 2 practical project-assignments, with oral communication and with written technical report (TP1, TP2) (50%)

- 2 mid-term tests during the course (T) (50%)


1 Exam (E)