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CH2007 Product Design in Ergonomics and Sports 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CH2007 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Lectures that give an overview of the subject with theories and applied examples. These include: biomechanics, cognitive psychology, anthropometrics, personal injury risks, product development process, usability, product design

Three laboratory work sessions where the focus is on learning how to apply a selection of ergonomics methods.

A project where the objective is to shape and carry out a project to improve ergonomics, develop a prototype and evaluate it with the help of users. The project includes collaboration as well as independent work and the students give and receive feedback to / from other students

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is that the students as engineers shall be able to develop usable products, to analyse and support effective and safe work and sports performance. 

After fulfilling the course requirements, each student shall be able to:

1.With their own words explain fundamental concepts and fields such as personal injury risks, human physical and psychological possibilities and constraints, sports performance, over-exertion injuries and methods for risk management and product development,

2.Explain and practically use design and ergonomics methods, such as Nielsen usability models, biomechanical models and Borg’s subjective rating scales,

3.Methodically and in a structured way develop a prototype, test and evaluate it from ergonomics perspectives, such as risk, usability and efficiency, 

4.Document and communicate the result of their own work orally and in writing and study and judge the work of others in a structured way.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

SF1103 Mechnics, Smaller Course and a bachelor degree

Recommended prerequisites

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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

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


  • PRO1 - Project, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Laboratory work, 2.5 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.

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

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Course web CH2007

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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