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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK330 - Work organization
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-24 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIEPL
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0109 Examination 5,0c Grading: TH   5,0c   11 Jan 2016 pm L,  07 Apr 2016 pm L,  22 Aug 2016 pm L
0209 Project 2,5c Grading: UG   2,5c    

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Universitetslektor  Dan Paulin


In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

The eligibility requirements to the programme economics and manufacturing technology.


The subject work organization deals mainly with different ways to cooperate to perform complex work tasks more effectively than if single individuals would perform the same tasks independently.

The purpose of the course is to give the participants basic knowledge regarding organizations and working in organizations. The participants will be able to gain knowledge regarding individual and group perspectives on organizations as well as more theoretical and organizational design perspectives. One sub-purpose of the course is that the participants will have the opportunity to practice group work.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Recall historical aspects of industrial work.

  • Describe the concept of motivation on individual and group level.

  • Describe group development processes.

  • Explain how individuals/groups/organizations can be managed in different situations.

  • Apply group dynamic and communication theories within a study project.

  • Discuss different aspects (incl. advantages and disadvantages) of different organizational designs.

  • Describe treated communication and conflict resolving theories.

  • Describe design and management of work processes.

  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of different organizational forms.

  • Describe the main differences between continuous and project work.

  • Describe treated change strategies and methods.

  • Practice organization theories and change theories within a study project.

  • Recall basic company cultural terms.

  • Describe gender aspects on work organizations.

The participants are expected to gain basic knowledge to use the knowledge mentioned above to analyze, valuate and improve operations at a company. The participants are also expected to gain basic skills to communicate verbally and in writing. Finally, the participants will gain basic understanding of gender aspects in work organizations. 


The course is started off with a section on industrial organizations from a historical perspective. After that, individual and group perspectives on work organizations (incl. motivational theories, group dynamics, work design, management and communication theories). Central terms and models in classic and modern organization theory (incl. work processes and line-/project-/matrix organizations) are followed by theories regarding changes and company cultures.

Two literature seminars are included in the course during which different related issues are discussed. The participants are expected to have studied relevant course literature before each seminar.

Finally, a company case will be analyzed and evaluated and improvement suggestions are expected to be presented. The case study project will be performed in a group setting.


The course consists of a series of lectures, exercises, literature seminars, a case study project and written examination.


To be decided before course start.


The examination consists of three main parts:
1. Presence during mandatory activities.
2. Written and oral presentation of the case study project
3. Written examination (part examinations and/or final examination).

The course is reported in two parts where sections 1 and 2 above consists of Part 1 (Project) and section 3 makes up Part 2 (Examination).
Final grade is given when both parts have been passed. Final grade is given on the scale failed, 3, 4 or 5.

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