Ergonomics & Human Factors MSc
"I love the block taught module schedule. If I am self-disciplined and keep up with my assignments, I am able to travel in between modules, which is really important to me, as an international student."
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Chloe McDaniel, and I am from Los Angeles, California.
Which course are you studying?
I am getting an MSc in Ergonomics and Human Factors.
What was your undergraduate degree? Which University was it from?
I went to California State University, Northridge and earned a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology- Exercise Science.
Why did you choose your course?
I chose Ergonomics and Human Factors because the subject still pertains to human movement, but is also broad enough to possibly spark interest into other career opportunities; Ergonomics is a very well rounded subject.
Why did you choose Loughborough?
I come from a sport background so I was initially drawn to Loughborough. The reputation of the University, the positive student experience, and the support from the university when applying, made choosing Loughborough an easy decision.
What are you enjoying about your course?
The course modules all focus on different aspects of Ergonomics, allowing me to learn about a range of subjects I never thought possible. I am a Kinesiologist learning really interesting things: such as how to design applications, webpages, and even control panels.
I also can’t forget to mention that I love the block taught module schedule. If I am self-disciplined and keep up with my assignments, I can travel in between modules, which is really important to me, as an international student.
What is your favourite module, and why?
My favourite module has been the Human Computer Interaction module. It was fun, made sense, and was very interesting because we were learning about the simple things that we interact with on a daily basis that require an ergonomist’s perspective.
I also really like the Human Function module. Because I am familiar with a lot of the material, I enjoyed being able to help my colleagues through it, as it was probably the most content-heavy module.
What is a typical day for you?
Well, I have two types of days:
1) During a module week, I spend the day inside the classroom from 9am to about 5pm (with breaks). Then, considering I need to prepare for the following day, I read or print out slides for the next day of lectures.
2) When I am not in a module week, I prefer to treat my post module assignments as a job, spending from about 9am-5pm working, reading, and researching for the assignment. Every Wednesday I play some pickup futbol though!
How would you describe the study environment and support?
There were so many areas of support from the university, and it was all instantaneous. They did not waste any time in making sure that, as a postgraduate international student, I was prepared to study again. They helped me set up my electronics, they provided writing workshops and they plan social events: it’s all very easy and makes the transition a lot less stressful.
What are your future plans?
My plan for the future is to stay open minded. This degree has really helped me realize that I have other interests that lie outside of sport, therefore I am really looking forward to starting my dissertation, and working on a project with a connection of Ergonomics, sport, and design.
What do you enjoy the most about being a student at Loughborough?
I really enjoy the endless opportunities to participate in activities and meet people.