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MPP027 - Production ergonomics & work design
Syllabus adopted 2011-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPEN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Written and oral assignments 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c    
0211 Intermediate test 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

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Doktor  Jonas Laring


MPP026   Human factors in production

Course evaluation:


MTS 4,0 hec


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Same as for Chalmers Master's Programme in Production Engineering.


The course objective is to convey insight into the planning, organization and operation of primarily industrial assembly processes with safe, effective and economic use of human and material resources. The course gives a basic introduction to Human Factors as well as Assembly Engineering. Special focus is placed on human physiological, biomechanical, and social capacities during work, in conjunction with productivity factors primarily in industrial assembly operations but also in materials handling and manual work in general.

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

- understand why human factors must be considered when designing industrial work,
- understand how human resources and capabilities can be utilised effectively in production systems design,
- understand why production issues are relevant in product design,
- understand the meaning and importance of standardized work,
- understand and be able to apply limit values and recommendations for physical work load,
- be able to apply relevant methodology when preparing for assembly and internal logistics,
- select and apply proper methods to study and quantify human work in terms of performance and physical work load,
- assess virtual and real job, workplace and production system scenarios in terms of productivity and human factors.


The course content falls within the following areas:
- Design for Assembly (DFA). A method for adapting the product design to facilitate manual or automatic assembly.
- Assembly preparations. The structuring, sequencing and allocation of assembly tasks.
- Ergonomics. Individual, physiological, biomechanical and social capacities.
- Ergonomic analysis. Methods for the analysis of physical work load.
- Analysis of manual work: Time studies, Predetermined Time Studies, Method studies and Work sampling.
- Virtual analysis. Examples of methods including Digital Human Models
- Change management and continuous improvements.


The course content covers the area of work design in primarily an assembly setting. The course consists of lectures, labs and a project work. The labs introduce students to manual and virtual methods for work method and time studies as well as work load analysis. The project will give the students a chance to argue and formulate a decision support for production system development.


Textbook and handouts from lecturers.


Written quizzes, fulfilled exercises, laboratory work and project work.

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