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HN2008 Strategies for Safety 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus HN2008 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Safety and risk; individual and human-technolgy safety, risk management methods; HTO (Human-Technology-Organization), legislation, standards.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • describe and identify safety risks,
  • explain the HTO (Human-Technology-Organization) concept and approach,
  • analyze safety risks in the working environment from a HTO perspective,
  • propose improvements or implement solutions to prevent or mitigate safety risks at work.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Academic first degree, 180 higher education credits/ECTS, in engineering or natural sciences or equivalent education.

Recommended prerequisites

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Böcker, kapitel:

Risker i tekniska system: Grimvall, Jacobsson och Thedéen. Studentlitteratur, LUND (2003)

Kompendie med utdrag ur James ReasonsOrganizational accidentsoch ett appendix av Harms-RingdahlRiskanalys i MTO perspektiv.INDEKS studentexpedition, KTH

Arbete och teknik på människans villkor: Bohgard m.fl. 2008, PREVENT. Främst från sektionen Information och interaktion i tekniska system, kapitel 7 och 8 men även hänvisning till övriga sektioner.

Vilken betydelse har mätetal för ledarskapet i en teamorganiserad verksamhet?Mattias Elg, kapitel 6 i Mot ett förändrat ledarskap? Ellström och Kock (red), Studentlitteratur, 2009

Artiklar (delas ut)

The concept of human errors: Is it useful for the design of safe systems in health care?Jens Rasmussen in Vincent, Ch., and deMoll, B. (Eds.) (1999): Risk and Safety in Medicine. London Elsevier

Can focus on safety culture become an excuse for not rethinking design of technology?Rollenhagen, 2010, artikel I Safety Science 48 (268-278).

Rapporter handböcker (finns digitalt alt delas ut):

Riskanalys och Händelseanalys-Handbok för patientsäkerhetsarbete: Socialstyrelsen, 2009

Att bygga säkerhet: Törner, Pousette och Larsson. Göteborgs universitet, 2008

Developing process safety indicators - step-by step guide;av Health and Safety Executive (HSE), UK, 2006

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 Work, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN2 - Exercises, 2.0 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.

Written exam (TEN1, 3 hp) Grade scale A-F

Assignments (ÖVN1, 2 hp) Grade scale P/F

Project (PRO1, 2,5 hp) Grade scale A-F

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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web HN2008

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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