PD Module 3320

Module code


Module title



Product Design

Module type


Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and summer semesters

Studio workload

105 hours

Self-directed workload

135 hours

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Held

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will be able to apply ergonomic design rules to product design during the search for solutions, conceptualisation, and development stages and will be able to able to analyze and judge the ergonomic qualities of a product and its resulting man-product interactions. You will have exploited this during the ergonomic project accompanying the lectures to demonstrate the use of ergonomic rules in design projects.

Module content

Ergonomic design principles, anthropometric data and statistics, visual, grasping, and movement envelopes, human physiology and cognition, task analysis and user tests, environmental factors, anthropometric design, use of measuring tools.
Ergonomic project including the design stages: analysis, understanding the problem, defining goals, conceptualisation of solution variants, evaluation, development, and user tests. Application of methods such as observation and task analysis, measurement for the dimensioning of workspaces and environmental factors, use of somatography for layouts, human models and the use of anthropometric data, user testing with subjects.

Module teaching units

Ergonomics Project (5 contact hours)
Ergonomics 1 (2 contact hours)

Module tutors

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Held, guest tutor

Teaching and learning mehthods

Lectures, seminars, project work


Documentation, visualisation, presentation of project work, examination

Teaching language


Prerequisite for

Recommended literature

Bullinger, H.-J. (1994). Ergonomie: Produkt- und Arbeitsgestaltung. Stuttgart: Teubner.
Sanders, M.S., McCormick, E.J. (1993). Human Factors in Engineering and Design. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Pheasant, S. (2001). Bodyspace. London: Taylor & Francis.

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