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HN2011 Evaluation and Measures of the Physical Environment of Work B 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus HN2011 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Work physiology
  • Theories on acute and long term health effects
  • Methods for exposure measurement and risk assessment
  • Intervention strategies

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim is to provide knowledge about the impact on health and performance concerning work related physical load, vibrations and noise.

Students must demonstrate:

  • knowledge and understanding regarding how work related factors within the field of physical load, vibrations, and noise affect musculoskeletal health, hearing, and performance.
  • knowledge and understanding concerning theories about mechanisms linked to the above mentioned factors in causing work-related symtoms and disorders.
  • skills and abilities to perform exposure measurements and risk assessments relating to the above mentioned factors.
  • skills and abilities to propose work environment improvements concerning the above mentioned factors and to identify facilitators and barriers for implementation.
  • abilities to critically evaluate risk assessments and work environment improvements including relevant work environment regulations and scientific literature.

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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Arbete och Teknik på människan villkor, 2015. Prevent ISBN 9789173651950

Arbetslivsfysiologi, 2008. ISBN 9789144046266

Johansson, B. & Backteman, O. Buller och bullerbekämpning, 4. uppl., Arbetsmiljöverket, Solna, 2002.

Arbetsmiljöverket. Vibrationer i arbetet – hur du minskar risken för skador. Arbetsmiljöverkets publikationsservice, Solna, 2005.

Övrig litteratur tillkommer och meddelas inför respektive seminarie.

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


  • LAB1 - Examination, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 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.

Approved written exam (TEN1, 3 ECTS) Grading scale A-F

Approved lab (LAB1, 1,5 ECTS) Grading scale P/F

Approved exercises (ÖVN1, 3 ECTS) Grading scale P/F

Final grading is based on all examinations.

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 HN2011

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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