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CH2002 Evaluation and Measures of Biomechanical Workload 3.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CH2002 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

•Biomechanics and biomechanical risk factors

•Methods for exposure quantification and risk assessment of MSDs

•Work environment regulations in the field

•Examples of interventions that may limit biomechanical exposure

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim is to provide knowledge about the impact on health and performance from the biomechanical work demands, and how to improve these factors.

By the end of the course, the students should be able to:

1.Describe, exemplify and explain how work related factors within the field of biomechanical load affect safety, health, wellbeing, and performance.

2. Perform exposure and risk assessments relating to the above mentionedfactors.

3.Propose work environment improvements, based on sociotechnical (human, technology and organisation) perspectives, concerning the above mentioned factors.

4. Critically evaluate exposure and risk assessments including relevantwork environment regulations.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Academic first degree, 180 higher education credits in engineering or natural sciences or equivalent education and English language skill equivalent to English A/English 6.

Recommended prerequisites

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·         Technology and work on human terms, Prevent, ISBN 9789173650588

·         Helander, M, A guide to human factors and ergonomics, Second edition, CRC Press

·         Wilson and Sharples, Evaluation of Human work, Taylor and Francis,2015.

·         Scientific papers and other material presented at the course start and listed at the course web

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Exam, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 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.

Intended learning outcomes number 1 is exanimated in TEN1 and ÖVN1.

Intended learning outcomes number 2 is exanimated in ÖVN1.

Intended learning outcomes number 3 is exanimated in TEN1 and ÖVN1.

Intended learning outcomes number 4 is exanimated in ÖVN1.

Other requirements for final grade

Requirements for final grade: Passed written and oral presentation of assignments and active participation in exercises and laboratory work. The final grade (A-F) is decided from the results of the final examination.

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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web CH2002

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study

Technology and Health

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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