Skip to content


Work place analysis 7.5 credits

Second cycle, A7012A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Human Works Science
Subject group (SCB)
Work Science and Ergonomics

Entry requirements

Academic degree of 180 credits.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The course objective is to give students opportunities to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in advanced methods for the analysis of industrial work and workplaces. Students will also be able to develop good assessment skills in the area and a critical and self- critical approach. The aim is that they in their professions as engineers will be able to effectively improve safety, working methods and working places from a holistic and sustainable view. People’s needs and abilities will be put in focus and safety against work related accidents and musculoskeletal injuries must be good.

A student who has passed the course shall be able to independently perform relevant analyzes and critically evaluate the obtained results. Based on the result of the analysis, the student should be able to develop feasible solutions to problems relating to technology and work organization. The student should be able to present their findings orally and in writing in a manner adapted to the management and personnel at the studied workplace.

The course introduces theories and tools for work analysis and how they can be used to assess risk and improve working conditions (for example SAM, Systematic Work Environment Management – especially risk assessment, PHA, Preliminary Hazard Analysis, Deviation Analysis, Energy Analysis, HAZOP analysis, Ergonomic value stream mapping, Time and method studies and Systematic solution work).

The course includes theories, methods and analysis tools appropriate for risk assessment of work and workplaces in the field of health and safety in industrial production. The students will be able to practically test and exercises some of the methods and tools in laboratory lessons. Parallel to this, the students are to carry out individual studies of complementary scientific papers. This is reported in a separate report and at a seminar.

In addition, the students carry out projects (group work) where relevant analyses are performed in real industrial contexts. Results are presented orally and in writing to management and if possible personnel at the studied company. During the project work the teachers offer supervision and their guidance is adjusted to students’ individual needs.

Students are examined through a critical review of the following assignments and through supervision during the project work. Attendance is compulsory during seminars, laboratory sessions and project presentations. 
  • Individual written laboratory report
  • Individual written review of research literature
  • Individual project work, oral presentation and written project report

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

Lena Abrahamsson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2018 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Arbetsmiljöverket (2001). Systematiskt arbetsmiljöarbete, AFS 2001:01 med efterföljande revideringar

Arbetsmiljöverket (2015). Organisatorisk och social arbetsmiljö, AFS 2015:4
Bohgard, M, m.fl. (2008). Arbete och teknik på människans villkor (Stockholm: Prevent). T.ex. kap 3, 8, 9 och 10.

Harms-Ringdahl L (2013). Guide to safety analysis for accident prevention, IRS Riskhantering AB, Stockholm

Jarebrant, C., Winkel, J., Johansson Hanse, J., Mathiassen S.E. och Öjmertz, B. (2016). ErgoVSM: A Tool for Integrating Value Stream Mapping and Ergonomics in Manufacturing. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries 26(2): 191–204.

And relevant research papers.

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Project reportG U 3 4 55.00MandatoryA14
0005Seminars and laboratory sessionsU G#0.50MandatoryA18
0006Literature assignementG U 3 4 52.00MandatoryA18

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.

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2014

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 18 Feb 2019