Ergonomics Guidelines for second year (DPT students)


Ergonomics Guidelines for second year (DPT students)


Recommended book: ERGONOMICS FOR THERAPIST by Karen Jacobs

Marks Distribution for theory (100 marks)

Kinesiology– (60%) 30 mcqs + 5 seqs

Ergonomics-(30-35%) 10 mcqs + 3 seqs

Biomechanics-(10%apprx) 5 mcqs+ 1 seq

(there may be little variation in distribution)

Few important study tips for preparing ergonomics:

  • Read the chapter, highlight important points, write essence of whole paragraph on side, so at end you have to read only important points not full chapter
  • Learn basic terminologies so you can write in your own words when needed
  • You can never find exact answer from book, you always have to write to the point answer in your own words
  • Mcqs from exercise are very important, prepare them very well


(Important for mcqs)

  • Prepare basic definitions:
  • Ergonomics
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Leave case study
  • Occupational therapy (definition, goals of OT) brief reading
  • Points to remember
  • Components of ergonomics
  • Table 1-1
  • Common profession intersections in ergonomics
  • MCQS (very important)


(very important chapter)

  • Definitions
  • Client-centered approach
  • Return to work
  • PEO Model
  • Box 2-1(very very important)
  • Learn each point from box and prepare each point separate question for SEQ (from page 21-26)
  • No case study
  • PEO MODEL (very very important)
  • You should know definition and explanation of each component separately
  • Read ergonomic problems so that you can able to identify and define
  • Person environment issues
  • Person occupation issues
  • Environment occupation issues
  • Person environment occupation interventions

(No need to learn the problem itself but learn the difference between components so you can write about them in seq)

  • ethics and challenges in implementing client centered approach
  • MCQS (very very important)


  • Definitions:
  • Participatory ergonomics
  • Macro ergonomics
  • Micro ergonomics
  • Macro ergonomic process including participating ergonomics(Highlight/Mark important points)
  • Role of occupational and physical therapists
  • Large scale and lasting change
  • MCQS


(important for mcqs mostly)

  • Definitions
  • FCEJ
  • Physical ergonomics assessment
  • Work related assessment purpose- 5 points (page 49)
  • You should learn name of each evaluation system for both job and no job, their basic purpose and components
  • MCQS (most important)


  • Definitions (page 73)
  • Static anthropometry and factors (brief)
  • Table 5-1
  • Fig 5-1,5-2,5-3
  • Brief knowledge of reach and clearance
  • MCQS


(important for mcqs only)

  • Basic definitions
  • MCQS


  • Definitions- page 103
  • Understanding cognitive and behavioral work demands (brief read only, highlight important parts)
  • Box 7-1
  • MCQS



  • Definitions- page 123
  • Psychosocial risk factors (important)
  • Psychosocial factors and WRMSDs (important)
  • Theaories-pg129-130 (brief reading, highlight important parts)
  • MCQS


(very important)

  • Prepare each factor well, don’t leave anything
  • MCQS


  • Definitions -page 151
  • Product development, efficacy and comparison testing(very brief reading only)
  • Box 10-4 and 10-5 (very very important)
  • MCQS


(very important)

  • Lifting techniques
  • Critique of lifting (highlight important points)
  • Table 1-1
  • Stability of load (highlight important points)
  • Pushing and pulling
  • MCQS


(very important)

  • Fig 2-1,2-1
  • Common chair issues
  • Box 12-1
  • Ergonomically designed chair
  • Fig 12-4
  • Seating standards (highlight important points)
  • MCQS


  • Definitions-page 221
  • Dose-response model
  • Risk factors for CTD
  • MCQS


(not very important)

  • Brief overview of computer and classroom environment
  • Carrying school bags, musculoskeletal symptoms and complains (brief overview)
  • MCQS


(very very important)

  • Definitions – page 265
  • Biological and physiological theories of aging
  • Fig 15-2 (important)
  • Table 15-1 (very important)
  • Psychological theories of aging
  • Fig 15-3 (important)
  • Sociologic theories of aging
  • Fig 15-4 (important)
  • Prepare each component well for seqs covering names of theories and their categories and areas
  • MCQS


(not important)

  • Definitions page-277
  • Disability management- definition
  • Return to work, Its elements (brief overview)
  • MCQS


(not important)

  • MCQS



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