HN2013 Ergonomics, Human Factors and Patient Safety 6.0 credits

Ergonomi, MTO och patientsäkerhet

Please note

The information on this page is based on a course syllabus that is not yet valid.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Technology and Health
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course each student will be able to:

·         describe, exemplify and reflect on methods for applying knowledge about humans in the design, development and evaluation of medical technology.

·         describe and discuss different approaches in analyses of incidents in complex systems.

·         describe, exemplify and reflect on the main principles of system safety and how factors on different levels in the system can contribute to patient safety and the safety of the healthcare personnel.

·         describe, exemplify and explain how organizational issues and the work environment affects patient safety.

·         describe, exemplify and reflect on how medical technology affects the work environment and patient safety.

·         describe, exemplify and reflect on how medical technology engineers actively can contribute to improve the work environment and patient safety in healthcare.

Course main content

·         Background, development and relationship between ergonomics, human factors and patient safety.

·         Humans cognitive and physical capacities, as individuals and in work.

·         The systems view and sociotechnical systems.

·         Risks in healthcare.

·         Methods and tools for analysis, design and evaluation of work, work environment and products.

·         Human factors and ergonomics concepts and terminology.

·         Methods for risk analysis from a systems perspective.

·         Patient safety concepts and terminology.

·         Measures for increased safety in healthcare systems.

·         Read and discuss scientific papers within the area of patient safety and worker safety.


120 university credits (hp) In engineering or natural sciences and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B/English 6.


Scientific papers presented at the course start and listed at KTH-Social

Vetenskapliga artiklar som presenteras vid kursstarten och som finns listade och tillgängliga på KTH-Social


  • INL1 - Assignments, 2.0, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Active participation in seminars 2 credits P/F

Written presentation of assignments 2 credits P/ F

Written home exam 2 credits A-F

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems


Mats Ericson (


Mats Ericson <>


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