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CH107V Methods for development of sustainable work 3.5 credits

Is there systematic work environment development at the workplace? How do you work practically to prevent occupational accidents and which theories of human-technology-organization are behind the ability of organizations to minimize risk? It is possible to make systematic work environment development meaningful, understandable and manageable! How can a naturally integrated continuous process for work environment issues affect quality, production and finances at companies and organizations? Work environment includes everything from workplace design, accident prevention and physically demanding work to the social environment. In this course, we try to highlight how work environment development should be conducted.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students

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P1 (3.5 hp)


26 Aug 2024
27 Oct 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Distance Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Flemingsberg

Number of places

8 - 30

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students


Caroline Ingeborg Jegerschöld (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CH107V (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

The course is given entirely remotely with teacher-led meetings on-line in the form of seminars. These contain lectures and discussions of these as well as video and written material studied before the seminars. The video material may include demonstrations of apps and instruments. The seminars are therefore mandatory and require active participation. In addition to this, the course includes literature studies, a project work and a written take-home exam. Seminars are given via Zoom.

Course contents

The aim of the course is to give the student an overall picture of health risks in the work environment and the work-related ill-health that occurs in various industries in working life, as well as to discuss how, through work environment developmnt, workers in these industries can be prevented from ill-health suffering. 

  • Systematic work environment development - difficulties and solutions
  • Models – production systems and human-technology organization
  • Risk management – prevention of occupational accidents
  • Work and health - including ergonomics - in a holistic perspective

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to give the student theoretical and practical knowledge
on how general work environment development should be pursued, how work accidents can be
prevented, how ergonomics and organizational factors can be assessed and developed. After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand and describe methods and processes used in sustainable work environment work.
  2. Explain how risks of occupational accidents can be identified and prevented.
  3. Describe what ergonomic risks are and how they can be identified and prevented.
  4. Describe the organizational and social work environment, as well as how risks can be identified and prevented.
  5. Describe the concept of Man-Technology-Organization.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

120 credits in technical science, natural science, medical science or human resources science. Alternatively, at least 2 years of professional experience in work environment development. English B/6

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All communication between student and teacher and between students takes place via a learning platform, which is why the student is expected to have access to a computer and the internet.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • PRO1 - Project work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Project work (PRO1 , 1.0 credits) grading scale: P, F, examines course objectives 2 and 3

Seminars (SEM1, 1.0 credits) with compulsory attendance, grading scale P/F, examines

course objectives 1 - 5

Exam (TEN1, 1.0 credits) grading scale: P, F, examines course objectives 1, 4 and 5

The final grade is based on all modules based on the P/F grading scale.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Technology and Health

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Caroline Ingeborg Jegerschöld (