Prevention Through Design (ERG140)

Instructors: Jim Potvin, PhD

April 29 – June 21, 2019 (Online)

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The design of environments, tools, systems, and interfaces can have a dramatic impact on exposures associated with musculoskeletal disorders, fatigue, and error. This course will provide an overview of topics related to the design of products, tools, environments, software and various interfaces on common devices. Familiarity with physical and cognitive human factors and ergonomics will be applied to the iterative design process to solve design problems. A focus on the pro basic engineering design and prototype concepts will be introduced.

Registration Fees:

> Single Course Registration: $1,800

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> 3-Course Package: $5,100

> 6-Course Package: $10,000

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Instructor Information:

Jim Potvin, PhD


Jim Potvin received a B.H.K. in Kinesiology from the University of Windsor (1986) and a M.Sc. (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) in biomechanics from the University of Waterloo. He was a professor for 23 years at the University of Guelph, University of Windsor and McMaster University, where is he now a Professor Emeritus. He is also the owner of Potvin Biomechanics Inc. Jim researches in the areas of biomechanics and physical ergonomics. His basic research focuses on the study of joint mechanics and muscle fatigue and his applied research focuses on developing valid ergonomic methods to quantify injury risk in the workplace; including the assessment of manual materials handling tasks and the evaluation of risk of upper limb disorders. Jim has supervised 70 graduate students and employed 57 graduates and published over 75 scientific articles.

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