Applied Ergonomics

By Prof. Shantanu Bhattacharya, Prof. Ankur Gupta   |   IIT Kanpur, IIT Jodhpur
Learners enrolled: 1513
"Ergonomics" is an applied scientific discipline that is concerned with how humans interact with the system/equipment/surrounding while performing tasks and other activities. Syllabus includes Introduction, Physical, Cognitive, Occupational and biomechanics aspect. The course syllabus is designed so as to cover work physiology, Engineering aspect of product, improvement in the cognitive capabilities and other relevant topics. Students will be able to correlate the understanding of this subject with their day to day activities and will be aware of concepts related to increase in the human and system efficiency.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Students of B.Tech/M.Tech/MS/BSc/MSc stream


INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Industries related to Work Study and Management
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction and Overview of Ergonomics.
Week 2: Human centred design
Week 3: Anthropometry
Week 4: Physical Ergonomics-I
Week 5: Physical Ergonomics-II
Week 6: Tools and techniques for  Ergonomics.
Week 7: Cognitive Ergonomics-I
Week 8: Cognitive Ergonomics-II
Week 9: Cognitive Ergonomics-III
Week 10: Physical Environment and its importance
Week 11: Biomechanics
Week 12: Occupational Ergonomics and use of Ergonomics.

Books and references

1. R. S. Bridger, "Introduction to Ergonomics", CRC Press.

2.  Work Systems and the Methods, Measurement, and Management of Work, by Mikell P. Groover, ISBN 0-13-140650-7. ©2007 Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ.  All rights reserved.

3.  An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering by Christopher D. Wickens

4. The practice and management of Industrial Ergonomics by David C. A.

5. Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics (Ed. Don harris)

Instructor bio

Prof. Shantanu Bhattacharya

IIT Kanpur
Prof. Shantanu Bhattacharya is currently as Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of technology Kanpur. Prior to joining the department he has been associated at a senior management level at Suzuki Motors and has over 6 years of experience in various production capacities and positions. Prof. Bhattacharya currently takes care of the 4-I laboratory at IIT Kanpur as its coordinator and has also been associated with the TA202 laboratory as coordinator between 2012-2015. Both these laboratories are very high end in terms of offering manufacturing training programs

Prof. Ankur Gupta

IIT Jodhpur
Prof. Ankur Gupta is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur. He did his PhD from IIT Kanpur and served IIT Bhubaneswar as a faculty before joining, IIT Jodhpur.

Course certificate

• The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
• The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
• Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
• The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
• Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

• Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
• Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
• Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

• If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
• Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
• Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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