Humans are the central factor in all activities of work life and society. No social, medical, technical or economical progress may take effect without the humans being involved. Human health and performance are the key issues for a productive and successful individual and a progressing society.
Human Kinetics and Ergonomics provides the knowledge about the function and the reaction of the human body in order to
This is of essential importance for the South African society to further develop and help individuals for a healthy, wealthy and independent lifestyle.
Focus of study is the Human Factor at different activities and different conditions of life. We study human responses and reactions as well as the design of tasks, treatments, objects and environmental conditions according to the needs of the human. The unique approach of HKE is the holistic consideration of biomechnical, physiological, perceptual, mental and psycho-emotional aspects. This is jointly applied to improve human health, human performance and the productivity of human operation.
Kinesis = Greek for motion: Understanding the complex eclectic nature of human movements
Ergonomics a= derived from the Greek ergon (work) and nomos (laws): The science of work, studying the interplay between humans and its tasks and environment, now extending across all aspects of human activity
HKE is an interdisciplinary subject that integrates knowledge from different disciplines such as anatomy, biomechanics, neurology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, engineering, computer science, management, economics etc. This variety makes it a fascinating subject but also a challenging one.
Fields of study
|Structure of the human body<
||Functioning of the human body
|Sensory and mental functions
Knowledge of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics is applied to
We offer a three year undergraduate course (HKE 1, HKE 2 and HKE 3) in the Science, Humanities and Commerce Faculty) as well as postgraduate education (Honours, Masters and PhD degrees). A newly developed Ergonomics Short Course aimed specifically at practitioners has been on offer since 2015.