Man-Machine Engineering

Semester : 2


The course aims to provide an introduction of effects of vibration on human body in various environments and man-machine interface design, covering the design approaches, health effects of whole-body and local vibration, vibration measurements and prevention strategies in man-machine engineering. As an optional module for the Masters in Mechanical Engineering, it will provide the knowledge base and engineering approaches for the Program.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to: 
Understand and apply the main theories and methods of man-machine engineering; 
Understand the health effects of whole-body and local vibration in various environments;
Apply the knowledge and skills acquired to the study of the effects of whole-body or local vibration on human body, and the design of man-machine interface.


Regular assignments: 30% 
Final examination: 70%

Re-sit: examination, 100%

Brief description of unit

1. Introduction to man-machine engineering: Overview 

2. Human factors and human errors
3. Systems approach

4. Human response to vibration in context; 
5. Whole-body vibration
6. Vibration measurement
7. Examples in man-machine engineering design

Course materials

Course Materials and Handouts

Neil J. Mansfiled, 2004 Human response to vibration Taylor &Francis


Semester 2 (weeks 1-16) 

Learning and teaching processes

Lectures and seminars/tutorials

Indicative reading

Christopher D. Wickens, John D. Lee, Yili Liu and Sallie Gordon-Becker 2003, Introduction to Human Factors Engineering (2nd Edition), Prentice Hall

Human Factors In Engineering and Design, 1993 Mark S. Sanders and Ernest J. McCormick, McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math

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