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HN2021 Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Ergonomics) 7.5 credits

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Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus HN2021 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • - Scientific theory and research ethics
  • - Overview of common methods and techniques for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data in the fields of ergonomics and  work environment engineering
  • - Epidemiology and statistical methods
  • - Qualitative methods
  • - Interactive research
  • - Academic writing for essays and reports
  • - Workshops, laboratories and seminars for practice and reflection on the implementation of studies

Intended learning outcomes

The students shall after their studies be able to:

  • understand differences and relationships between different scientific perspectives and methods and have well-grounded reflections about this
  • understand how scientific knowledge is generated and related to theory of science
  • understand and be able to apply qualitative and quantitative methodology approaches
  • apply knowledge of how to design a study, as well as propose suitable methods and techniques for collection, analysis and interpretation of data for various types of studies
  • apply commonly used methods within research and development in the field of ergonomics and work environment engineering
  • understand differences between research and development work
  • be able to report studies according to standards within the field of ergonomics and work environment engineering
  • critically review and evaluate research reports and other studies within the fields of ergonomics and work environment engineering.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

180 ECTS credits, in technical, natural or medical sciences or in human resource studies. English B/English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • SEM4 - Assignment and seminar for quantitative methods, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM5 - Assignment and seminar for quantitative methods, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Written examination, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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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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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Technology and Health

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Andrea Eriksson (

Transitional regulations

Students follow the content of the syllabus for which they were enrolled, i.e. those who were enrolled with an older syllabus are examined according to older course content and course modules.