Work science for engineers 7.5 Credits

Arbetsvetenskap för ingenjörer
First cycle, A0018A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2018

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Human Works Science
Subject group (SCB)
Work Science and Ergonomics

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
Once you have completed the course, the objective is for you to
  • Have acquired basic knowledge of modern human work science, the relationship between man, technology and organization and how this relates to sustainable development.
  • Be able to explain the meaning of human abilities and limitations when interacting with technical products, technical systems, other humans, groups of people, organisations and surrounding society.
  • Be able to explain basic principles governing the design of human-machine systems, and principles governing how to organise work in order to minimise risks to life and health, and in order to promote health and performance in industrial production
  • Be able to describe and analyse the different conditions of men and women in working life
  • Have a basic understanding of ethics, legislations and politics in working life.
  • Have the ability to carry out limited studies and evaluations of human work, work environments and production systems based on human work science and a sociotechnical perspective.

  • The HTO-theory (Human-Technology-Organisation)
  • Psychosocial work environment
  • Gender equality and sustainably development
  • The organisation of production and work
  • Human-machine-interaction
  • Physical load and physical factors
  • Chemical health risks in working life
  • Safety and risk
  • Work environment and economics
  • Work environment ethics, legislation and standardisation
  • Methods for analysing and developing work environments and production systems

The course consists of lessons with lectures on the theory and some application exercises.

Written exam/essay and seminars.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place

Lena Abrahamsson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2018 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Bohgard, Mats; Karlsson, Stig; Lovén, Eva; Mikaelsson, Lars-Åke; Mårtensson, Lena; Osvalder, Anna-Lisa; Rose, Linda & Ulfvengren, Pernilla (eds.) (2009). Work and technology on human terms. Prevent.
Additional articles.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

0001Seminars and exercise3.5TG U G#
0002Written assignment report4.0TG U G#

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.