Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

Undergraduate study

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BSc (Hons)

Design Ergonomics

Design School

Year of entry: 2015

Our Design Ergonomics course focuses on the understanding of designing with a particular attention to physiological and psychological human needs. It is underpinned by a multidisciplinary approach of ergonomics theory and practical design application to take a user led approach to design.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 6th for Art and Design
    (The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)
  • 94% of students were satisfied overall with this course
    (UNISTATS)

The course aids you to develop a range of conceptual, practical and professional skills, helping you to advance your creative and scientific abilities simultaneously.

It will also train you in the ability to critically evaluate products and understand existing systems and products to determine how they could be improved for human use.

All learning and teaching is divided into a number of modules. Each module covers a specific topic and is given a credit value depending on how intensive the module is.

Some of the modules you will study are compulsory and therefore must be studied by all students on the course. These usually cover fundamental theory and knowledge vital to graduating from this particular course.

You may also study a number of optional modules, which you can choose from a list.

Opportunities

This course offers you a number of opportunities to enhance your skills and experience. Opportunities include:

  • Year-long placement
  • Study abroad options
  • Entrepreneurial support
  • Live industry project briefs
  • Industry speakers and lecturers
  • Competitions
  • Degree Show
  • Professional recognition – you can become a member of the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) and Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF). The course is also seeking accreditation by the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Design Week

More information is available on our website www.lboro.ac.uk/lds

Course aims

Year 1 aims to introduce you to the concept of design ergonomics and the principles of designing products with a constant focus on the relationship between the product and the user. You will develop core knowledge, understanding and skills in ergonomics, designing and modelling including 2-D and 3-D product and service visualisation techniques.

Year 2 encourages you in broadening your understanding and skills in design with the tools to allow you to support your design decisions and to evaluate your designs to ensure that they accommodate all people who may interact with the design. Design projects are undertaken alongside an associated lecture course.

Year 3 primarily provides an opportunity to design, prototype and evaluate your own product or service to a professional standard. The design project scope is very broad and can focus on any suitable area and may additionally be linked to industry or research.

Optional modules, chosen in Year 2 and Year 3, allow you to tailor your course to particular interests or specialist areas of design and ergonomics.

Professional Placements

Loughborough has a long history of supporting students with year-long paid work placements in business or industry in the UK or overseas, usually after your second year of study.

It is not compulsory but students gain enormously from the experience and typically, after completing their studies at university, are more likely to progress into high quality graduate employment (Loughborough University First Degree Destination Data (DLHE) 2011).

Successful completion of a placement can lead to the additional award of a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).

Study Abroad

Loughborough University actively encourages students to undertake international study exchanges or work placements overseas.

Participating students can spend between 3 and 12 months at a university in another country as part of their degree, or spend a placement year working with an employer overseas.

In both cases the opportunity to gain insight into another culture, broaden experience and develop both intellectual and personal maturity, is invaluable. Successful completion may lead to the additional award of the Diploma for International Studies (DIntS).

Career Prospects

You can be assured that studying this course provides you with expert training to engage with a wide number of industries immediately after graduating. Possible careers include:

  • designer with an ergonomics specialism working in a design consultancy;
  • ergonomist with a design specialism working in an ergonomics consultancy;
  • Human Factors specialist for a range of industries;
  • automotive, aerospace, consumer goods etc. plus a broad and varied range of design and/or ergonomics positions.

The broad nature of the course also supports a large number of other careers where there appears to be no direct relationship to ergonomics or design, for example the financial services. A number of our students have also gone on to start their own businesses or work freelance in a number of disciplines.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time J923
BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time J922

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Design Practice 1 and 2
  • Design Contexts
  • Ergonomics and Design 
  • Computing for Designers 1
  • Prototyping for Design
  • Introduction to Ergonomics 
  • Introduction to Environmental Ergonomics
  • Anatomy
Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Design Ergonomics Practice
  • Universal Design
  • Qualitative Methods 
  • Cognitive Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics Research Data Analysis
  • Ergonomics in Design of Multi-User Systems

Optional Modules

  • Sustainable Design
  • Vision
  • The Body and Work
  • Thermal Environment 
  • Human Response to Noise and Vibration
  • Teaching Design and Technology
Optional Placement Year
Final Year

Compulsory Modules

  • Final Year Design Ergonomics Practice
  • Computer Aided Ergonomics
  • Interaction Design

Optional Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Driver and Vehicle Ergonomics
  • Systems Ergonomics 
  • Disability, Ageing and Inclusive Design
  • Applied Vision
  • Designing Products for People

Please note that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: J923 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABC-BBB points from 3 A-Levels including grade B in A-Level Design and Technology or Art and Design
SQA AH
BB including Design and Technology or Art and Design, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
32 points minimum including HL Design and Technology or Art and Design
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM
Additional
GCSE Maths grade C. All short-listed candidates are invited for interview and presentation of portfolio. Overseas students given option of submitting portfolio electronically.

UCAS code: J922 BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time

A-Level
ABC-BBB points from 3 A-Levels including grade B in A-Level Design and Technology or Art and Design
SQA AH
BB including Design and Technology or Art and Design, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
32 points minimum including HL Design and Technology or Art and Design
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM
Additional
GCSE Maths grade C. All short-listed candidates are invited for interview and presentation of portfolio. Overseas students given option of submitting portfolio electronically.

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: J923

BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time

UCAS code: J922

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