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MPP027 - Production ergonomics & work design
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-20 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

Max 48 students.
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,  Contact examiner

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Docent  Cecilia Berlin


MPP026   Human factors in production


MTS 4,0 hec


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

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


Production Ergonomics and Work Design (PEWD) is an engineering discipline concerned with the safe, healthy, effective and economic use of human resources in industrial work. The course aims at giving a basic introduction to the PEWD area with a special focus on human individual, physiological, biomechanical, and social requirements and capacities during work, while relating their improvement to productivity factors in industrial operations.

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

  • Identify harmful work conditions on the basis of theory and methods
  • Discuss different work environment parameters' effect on ergonomics
  • Carry out a design for assembly study
  • Select and apply a proper method to study and quantify human physical work load in an observed situation
  • Select and apply a predetermined time system
  • Design an appropriate material presentation at a work place.
  • Justify why and explain how to carry out a set-up improvement
  • Select appropriate hand tools for improving ergonomics and productivity in manual assembly
  • Explain and justify recommendations and limit values for cognitive and social working conditions
  • Explain how human physical measurements affect workplace and equipment design
  • Carry out a time study and a performance rating
  • Follow a specified project methodology
  • Evaluate a work place design solution from an economical point of view (including HF aspects)
  • Motivate and defend a proposed work place design solution


  • Design for Assembly (DFA)
  • Physical ergonomics
  • Basic physiology
  • Methods Engineering
  • Time study
  • Performance
  • Balancing
  • Environmental physical factors
  • Physical loading (on the body)
  • Ergonomics evaluation methods
  • Task analysis
  • Pre-determined time systems
  • SAM (Sequence-based Activity Analysis Method)
  • Manual Materials Handling
  • Digital Human Modeling
  • Anthropometry (human measurements and populations)
  • Ergonomics & economics
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Motivation
  • Participative ergonomics
  • Cognitive ergonomics
  • Hand tools
  • Set-up and man-machine balancing
  • Social sustainability for work systems


The course consists of lectures, quizzes, exercises, labs, and a group project. The labs introduce students to manual and virtual methods for work method- and time studies, as well as physical workload assessment. The project involves booking the project equipment and independently performing tests and measurements outside of scheduled class time. Access to the lab area is granted on the condition that students complete a mandatory safety quiz.


Textbooks (e-books) and handouts from lecturers.


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

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