Postgraduate Course

Ergonomics and Human Factors (Healthcare)

Certificate of Credit

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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 10 weeks

UK fee

£1,055 (2023/24)

International fee

£1,055 (2023/24)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

Certificate of Credit

Start date

May

Location

Online

Online course description

The Ergonomics and Human Factors (Healthcare) Certificate of Credit course looks at how ergonomics / human factors perspectives can make an impact and add value within healthcare. During the course, we look at the importance of illness cognitions and health behaviours together with the role of health promotion and the successful management of long-term conditions.

We consider medical device usability, medical errors, and the communication of information within healthcare and explore the potential impact of 'the internet of medical things' on changes to the way we monitor individuals and provide appropriate care.

The course also covers the issue of adherence to clinical regimes and the importance of patient-professional communication in developing effective partnerships. A key theme underpinning this course is the recognition of the need to move away from biomedical approaches and adopt biopsychosocial views on health and wellbeing.

This course is an optional module within our online MSc Ergonomics and Human Factors programme and can be completed as a standalone 10-week course. You will gain 20 credits at level 7 with a Certificate of Credit to evidence your learning achievement.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the extent to which psychological theory aids our understanding of the relationship between human behaviour and health
  2. Have a deep understanding of how ergonomics/human factors can contribute towards patient safety
  3. Critically evaluate how the importance of ergonomics / human factors issues can be communicated and disseminated to various stakeholders

Delivery from experienced academics

We’ve got over 10 years of experience in the delivery of online courses which means you can expect the highest standards of teaching and education. Our specialist ergonomics academic team will guide you through the module, providing regular contact and feedback to ensure you stay on track. You can be assured of a supportive and structured learning experience and our online learning advisors are on hand to provide non-academic support throughout your studies.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

The module is delivered 100% online over 10 weeks using a range of interactive learning materials and some live classroom sessions. Provision is made for discussion and interaction with tutors and fellow students through live virtual classroom sessions and online discussion forums. You will study alongside students who are on the Ergonomics and Human Factors MSc, giving you a wider perspective of cognitive ergonomics and psychology from your global student community.

Offset course credits towards another qualification

Once you’ve completed this course you may be able to offset the 20 credits towards our online Ergonomics and Human Factors MSc as this would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

Who will teach you

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Dr Victoria Filingeri
Programme leader

Academic Lead in Ergonomics, Dr Victoria Filingeri, completed her BSc in Psychology with Ergonomics, MSc in Health Psychology, PhD and postdoctoral research at Loughborough University, looking into crowd behaviour, rail safety (funded by the Rail Safety and Standards Board), teenagers trespassing (funded by Network Rail), and the ageing population.

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Entry requirements

You should possess one of the following:

We will also consider application which demonstrate evidence of relevant key practical experience and work-based training.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

Find out more about our English language requirements

Fees and funding

2023/24 for new entrants

Starting between September 2023 and August 2024.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,055 1 £1,055

2024/25 for new entrants

Starting between September 2024 and August 2025.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,050 1 £1,050

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Flexible payment plan available

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

Careers

This Ergonomics and Human Factors (Healthcare) Certificate of Credit focuses on you obtaining 20 credits at level 7 for your CPD, with the opportunity to continue and study our online Ergonomics and Human Factors MSc.

The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) is an excellent resource for employment opportunities and for information about gaining experience in ergonomics.

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