HM1025 Ergonomics in Product Development 6.0 credits

Ergonomi i produktutvecklingen

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Lectures that give an overview of the subject with theories, facts and applied examples. These include: physical, system, and cognitive ergonomics; man, anthropometry, biomechanics, visual ergonomics, personal injury risks, methods in ergonomics studies, limit values and recommendations, ergonomics and economics and the product development process

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 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.

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, over-exertion injuries and methods for risk management and product development,
  2. Explain and practically use some ergonomics methods and models such as used Borg’s subjective rating scales and the risk management tool RAMP, 
  3. Methodically and in a structured way develop a prototype, test and evaluate it from an ergonomics perspective,
  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

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Literature and preparations

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Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge in product development, e.g. MF1038 and MF1039 Design och produktframtagning, A+B or MF1015, Produktframtagning for T or MF1044 Produktframtagning 1 for M.

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • PROA - Project, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENA - Examination, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNA - Exercises, 1.0 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.

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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Examiner

Linda Rose

Further information

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Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study *

Mechanical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle *

First cycle

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Contact

Linda Rose (lrose@kth.se)

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.