HM1011 Ergonomics in Product Development 7.5 credits

Ergonomi i produktutvecklingen

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is that the students as engineers shall be able to contribute to the development of better work environments/products and reduce personal injuries. Through practical work in the field of ergonomics the students concur basic knowledge in ergonomics and its importance in product development.

  • With their own words explain fundamental concepts and fields such as personal injuries, human physical and psychological possibilities and constraints, over-exertion injuries and methods for risk management and product development,
  • Explain and practically use some methods used in ergonomics, e.g. Borg’s subjective rating scales, the mannequin programme Jack, emg- methods and sound measurement,
  • Methodically and in a structured way develop a prototype, test and evaluate it from en ergonomic perspective,
  • Find, read, summarize, and reflect over scientific papers,
  • Document and communicate the result of their own work orally and in writing and study and judge others work in a structured way

Course main content

Contents of the lectures:

  • Survey, physical ergonomics, system ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics
  • Personal injuries, the human body, anthropometry
  • Methods, limitations and recommendations
  • Sound and vibrations, biomechanics, technical work psychology
  • Product development: methods, creativity, patent, project leading, ergonomics, and design
  • Personal injury risks, ergonomics and economics, real cases, and research

Three two-hour laboratory experiments.
Reflexion and report of a scientific paper.
A project with practical product development with focus on ergonomics.


Konstruktionselement, HM1010 (previously 6S2413), and Innovations- och designmetodik, HM1018 (previously 6S3403), or corresponding courses.


  • Boghard, M, m.fl. (Red) (2008) Arbete och teknik på människans villkor. Prevent.ISBN 978-91-7365-037-3.
  • Power Tool Ergonomics, Evaluation of Power Tools. Atlas Copco, Bo Lindqvist, 2007. Delas ut.
  • Utdelat material på föreläsningar samt föreläsningsmaterial som finns på kursens Bilda-hemsida.


  • PROA - Project, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENA - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.5, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

Written exam (TENA; 3 cr.)
Passed project (PROA; 3 cr.)
Lab assignments and reports (ÖVN1; 1.5 cr.)

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems


Linda Rose,


Linda Rose <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2010.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.