6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis
Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes 3896, M6027, 3900, M5007, M6008, M6023, M6024, M6026, M6027.
This unit provides an introduction to the science of Human Factors (Ergonomics) and how it applies to the health system and patient care.
It introduces key concepts of safety science and how human factors affect organisations and systems at a large scale (also termed Macroergonomics).
This unit is only available to students in the Master of Medicine or those with a clinical background.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Outline the wide ranging, multidisciplinary nature of human factors engineering and discuss how lessons from other domains have been applied to health.
- Explain the alignment between incident reporting systems and accident causation models.
- Explain the concepts of 'Safety II' and 'Resilience' and apply them to an area of health care.
- Describe how risk perception is affected by psychological, cultural and personal experiences
- Explain the differences between safety culture and climate and why they are important in clinical settings
- Apply principles of reporting systems, accountability and organisational learning to the investigation of a failed clinical service.
- Short essay (1,500 words) (25%)
- Literature review (1,500 words) (25%)
- Major Essay (3,000 words) (50%) (hurdle)
12 hours per week on average
- 6 hours per week for self-directed learning
- 6 hours per week for teacher-directed learning
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