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DH150U The Digitalization and the Work Environment 3.0 credits

Why now? The digital work environment has become an important factor in ensuring that digitalization does not create bad health among employees, inefficient operations and increased costs for the employer. Introducing digital support and at the same time working with the digital work environment is a prerequisite for being able to use the full potential of digitalization. Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology have therefore proposed the trade union Vision and Sweden's Municipalities and Regions (SKR) to develop a course on IT protection rounds as a method for improving the work environment and productivity through a pilot course For whom? In a first pilot round, the course is primarily aimed at safety representatives in Vision's contract area and HR managers at the participating workplace. Representatives of management and IT are required to participate in the local IT protection round that constitutes the course's project task. We warmly welcome that these also register for the course so that they can participate in the two meetings at KTH, alternatively six video conferencing sessions, which constitute the course's scheduled training sessions. The pilot course has been designed together with work environment experts at Vision and is based, among other things, on Vision's work to introduce local IT protection rounds as part of the systematic work environment work (SAM) and in the work to increase efficiency and productivity in the business.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DH150U (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Historical overview of the digitisation of work
  • Overview of theory and method in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • The effects of digitisation on the working environment
  • Accessibility and democratic aspects of digitisation
  • International standards as support when purchasing digital support
  • Mapping of user satisfaction with the digital working environment
  • IT-safety inspections to support digitisation and introduction of AI-support at the workplace
  • Strategy maps as support for dialogue about organisational development that gives a unified view of where, when, why, and how we need digital support.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the participant should be able to: 

  • account for why and how one carries out a local IT-safety inspection
  • apply presented evaluation methods and tools
  • give an account of organisational prerequisites for local knowledge sharing

in order to develop their own personal preparedness to participate in the purchase of digital support at the workplace

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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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

P, F


  • TEN1 - Home exam, 3.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

  • Attendance and active participation in scheduled teaching. 
  • Passed protocol from the IT-safety inspection (documented contributions to knowledge sharing).

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

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Course web DH150U

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EECS/Human Centered Technology

Main field of study

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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