Graduate Certificate in Advanced Ergonomic Studies

General

Program Description

You like observing how people and products work together. How products, workplaces, and environments can effectively influence how people interact and engage with each other. And you're always looking for ways to make things even better.

Corporate Member, ACE, Association of Canadian ErgonomistsThe Advanced Ergonomic Studies graduate program, the first of its kind in Canada, will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the science of ergonomics.

In labs, classes and field placements, you will learn to use analytical tools to provide assessments of an employee's job-related tasks in the workplace. Current technologies and techniques will be examined in addition to applying theoretical principles to workers and workspace interactions. You will study the legislative and regulatory environment, the role of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the financial impacts of the injury. Students will also have the opportunity to attend the Applied Ergonomics Conference.

Upon completion of the program, graduates may apply to the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists (CCCPE) for the designation of Associate Ergonomist. Further information regarding certification by the CCCPE can be found at https://www.cccpe.ca/.

Program timetable: The timetable for this full-time graduate program includes many afternoon and evening classes.

Other Information

Students who intend to pursue the Associate Ergonomist designation from the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists are encouraged to complete the following hours of study in the disciplines listed below at a post-secondary institution:

  • Anatomy (45 hours)
  • Physiology (45 hours)
  • Biomechanics (45 hours)
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Design and Analysis (45 hours)
  • Ergonomics (30 hours)

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assess worker-workplace interactions and ergonomic concerns using current technologies and appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  2. Identify the mechanisms and causes of injury in a variety of workplace settings and recommend appropriate assistive tools and workstation modifications to reduce the potential for a workplace injury.
  3. Synthesize information about the elements of an ergonomically sound workplace and proper work break patterns and exercises to guide their study design, evaluation, and/or proposed intervention.
  4. Analyze the cost-effectiveness of ergonomic methods and their value in mitigating the financial impacts of injuries in the workplace.
  5. Prepare succinct technical reports and design specifications that include conclusions and recommendations that are supported by the analysis of data and the relevant scientific literature.
  6. Collaborate and communicate effectively across functional teams and levels of management including those involved in the process of having an individual safely return to work following an injury.
  7. Recommend workstation, equipment, and tool design changes based on the application of anthropometrical tables and calculations.
  8. Examine the impact of biophysical and psychosocial factors including human perception and information processing on an individual's performance in the workplace.

Courses

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • ERGO-6006 Ergonomics Theory & Practice
  • ERGO-6002 Research Methods & Statistics
  • ERGO-6004 Human-Computer Interactions
  • SFTY-6006 Safety in the Workplace

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • ERGO-6005 Research in Ergonomics
  • ERGO-6007 Ergonomics Instrumentation
  • ERGO-6009 Human Factors & Design
  • ERGO-6001 Professional Development
  • ERGO-6003 Ergonomics & Legislation

Level 3

Take the following Mandatory Course:

  • FLDP-6016 Field Placement

Program Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 10 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.

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Admission Requirements

  • A Degree in Kinesiology or Human Kinetics

or

  • A Degree in Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing (or equivalent) or in a related discipline (as determined by the College)

and

  • Successful completion of the following university or college courses (as determined by the College):
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Qualitative and Quantitative Design and Analysis

Note:

Applicants who lack the required Anatomy and Physiology may still gain eligibility for admission by completing appropriate prior upgrading. Please contact the Program Coordinator for more information about online courses.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.

Career Opportunities

Ergonomists apply theoretical and practical knowledge to optimize the interaction between humans and the environments and systems they engage in. Career opportunities for graduates are diverse and may involve physical ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, or both. Job titles depend on the sector and area of specialization but include ergonomists, human factors engineers, occupational health and safety specialist, and product designers. Graduates will find employment in a variety of sectors and work environments, including industry and manufacturing, healthcare, government, utilities, software companies, and consultancies.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including ... Read More

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including more than 6,000 international students from 97 different countries. Read less
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