2023-2024 / PSYC1022-1

Ergonomic psychology


25h Th, 5h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS) (Management)4 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)4 crédits 
 Advanced Master in Occupational Medicine4 crédits 
 University certificate : training in professional pathology4 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : general3 crédits 


Anne-Sophie Nyssen


Pierre Berastegui

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This introductory course aims at providing the student with sound theoretical knowledge for analysing and modelling sociotechnical systems, as well as practical bases on workplace analysis and risk assessment. During this course, we will discuss how the knowledge about human capabilities and limitations can be applied to the design of workplaces, work methods and jobs for optimal safety, well-being and overall system performance.

Topics include: the ergonomic approach to work analysis, regulations in ergonomics, methods for analysing work activity and risk exposure, physical risks and occupational accidents, musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial risk factors, shift work and chronobiology, telework, platform work, Industry 4.0, and safety culture.


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Introduction to the ergonomic approach to work analysis from a theoretical and methodological point of view.

By the end of the learning unit, the student will be able to carry out an analysis of the work activity and identify ways of optimising the work system.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Ex cathedra courses.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:


The course is expected to be face-to-face, but there is a possibility that some lessons will be taught remotely.

Recommended or required readings

A reading book is available to the student on myuliege and is part of the examination material.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

The examination could take place online depending on the covid situation.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is not taught every week in order to leave time to work on the reading book. Lessons will be reported in the calendar.



Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

2nd course in ergonomic psychology
2nd course in ergonomic psychology on the notions of variability and regulation and on the methodology of ergonomic intervention and activity analysis.

Physical Ergonomics
Physical ergonomics