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Human Factors in Maintenance 7.5 credits

Mänskliga faktorer för underhåll
Second cycle, D7013B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2021 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Maintenance Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Other Subjects within Technology

Entry requirements

D7007B Maintenance Engineering or equivalent

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The course aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of
• how to improve maintainability and safety in maintenance activities by reducing human error 
• how organisational aspects such as communication, teamwork, and procedures affect safety and quality of maintenance activities
• the individual and organization’s role in ensuring safety in maintenance
• gender equality goals, regulations for gender equality in professional life and give examples of the prerequisite for gender equality in professional life 

The course includes the following:
• Models of human factors in maintenance: people, environment, actions and resources.
• Management of human error and violations
• Human performance and its limitations
• Maintainability and human factors in design and installation
• Decision making
• Impact and causes of fatigue in workplace
• Workload, stress causes and stress symptoms 
• Risk management, hazard identification and accident investigation
• Safety culture and organizational norms
• Organization’s human factors program including procedures, information, tools and practices
• Communication and teamwork
• Gender equality in the workplace and gender equality goals 

The course contains theoretical modules and seminars that deal with theory and methods. The knowledge is applied in various case studies linked to industrial problems. Active participation in the seminars is expected. It is assumed that the students are prepared by going through the assigned material. The course also included oral and written presentation of assignments. The course module on gender equality consists of recorded lectures and literature.

Active participation in seminars, oral presentation and assignment reports. The course module on gender equality is examined through quizzes.

Phillip Tretten

Literature. Valid from Spring 2021 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Literature will be given before course start

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Seminars and oral presentationU G#2.50MandatoryS21
0002Assignment reportsG U 3 4 55.00MandatoryS21

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 Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Feb 2020

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Feb 2020