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CH203V Design of Ergonomic Products 2.5 credits

The course is about how products, e.g. tools and machines, can be designed to be adapted as much as possible to people's capacities and differences, as well as to minimize risks of personal injury. The course includes theory and practice on basic methods in product design and ergonomic risk assessment.

Note! All teaching takes place remotely!

The seminars are scheduled for Thursdays at 3-5 pm starting on March 21, 2024. Welcome!

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 single courses students

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P4 (2.5 hp)


18 Mar 2024
3 Jun 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Distance Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Flemingsberg

Number of places

10 - 40

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 single courses students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 single courses students


Caroline Ingeborg Jegerschöld (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CH203V (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The seminars provide an overview of the subject with facts and applied examples.

These cover, among other things: man's possibilities and limitations, anthropometry, load ergonomics as well as risk management and product development methods.

A practical experiment is carried out where the focus is on using Borg's estimation scales of physical load and the exposure measurement method ErgoArmMeter.

A submission task is carried out individually with the aim of evaluating and proposing improvements to the ergonomics of an existing product. The task includes presenting one's result, as well as giving and receiving feedback to/from other students.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is for the students to be able to contribute to the design of better work environments/products that can also reduce the risk of personal injury. Through practical training in the subject, students gain basic knowledge of ergonomics and insight into its importance in product development.

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  1. In your own words, explain basic concepts and give an account of areas such as, for example, human possibilities and limitations, biomechanical load ergonomics as well as risk management- and product development methods.
  2. Practical use of Borg's estimation scales and the ErgoArmMeter exposure measurement method.
  3. In a structured way, evaluate a product from an ergonomic perspective, and propose improvement measures.
  4. Document and communicate the results of your own evaluation and justify your own improvement proposals - in writing and orally - and give feedback on the work of others in a structured way.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

University education 120 credits. Alternatively, 2 years of professional experience in work environment development. English B/6.

Recommended prerequisites

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EquipmentSeminars are given via zoom. 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


  • INL1 - Hand in assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Home exam, 0.5 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.

* In the event of absence from one seminar in the SEM1 module can, if the examiner deems it so, a replacement task may be assigned. In that case, this could be to submit a written reflection on the material studied before the respective seminar. 

Assignment (INL1, 1.0 credits) grading scale: P/F, examines learning objectives 2, 3.

Seminars (SEM1, 1.0 credits) with compulsory attendance, grading scale P/F, examiners learning objectives 1 – 4 

Exam (TEN1, 1.0 credits) grading scale: P/F, examines learning objectives 1 

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

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Caroline Ingeborg Jegerschöld (