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ME2041 Psychology for Engineers 6.0 credits

Engineers at all levels in an organisation affect the well-being of the humans within the system. The goal of psychology for engineers is to increase understanding of one self as well as others. The course is essential for further studies in work organization, management and human factors.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME2041 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Developmental psychology: children, adolescence and adulthood;
  • Perception and cognitive psychology: perception, memory, thinking and problem solving;
  • Motivation, emotions, personality;
  • Social psychology: management, working groups, stress;
  • Work psychology: work in different environments e.g. complex systems.

Project: A literature study of a psychological issue.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the basic facts of developmental psychology, perception psychology, social psychology and work psychology;
  • Have an increased understanding of the human being and working life;
  • Be able to use his/her knowledge at the design of information and production system, as well as work organization and management;
  • Be able to present a project of his/her own choice orally as well as in writing.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Industrial Management, basic course, or ME1013/ME1009, or ME1010 or equivalent.

Exemption for those students in program CMATD, who have read the course MH1021 in autumn 2009 or 2010.

Recommended prerequisites

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Passer & Smith (last edition). Psychology-the science of mind and behaviour. McGraw Hill.

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 - Laboratory Work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - 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 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 ME2041

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

ME2057 Human Factors Engineering, ME2046 Managing risks in complex technical systems, ME2063 Team leadership and human management


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Supplementary information

Replaces 4D1093