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LMU055 - Man and technology
Människa - teknik
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIMAL
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 65121
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 50

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0102 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   27 Oct 2021 pm L,  04 Jan 2022 pm L,  16 Aug 2022 pm L

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TIMAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - Production Engineering, Year 3 (compulsory)
TIMEL MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING, Year 3 (compulsory elective)


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MTS 7,5 hec


General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites



The understanding of humans as decision makers and operators is important for performance, function and safety in manual as well as in highly automated technical systems. The course aims to provide knowledge and skills to be able to apply methods and tools to take into account human capabilities and limitations of a human-machine system, which takes into account both individual human, physical, social and mental capacity.

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

  • define and explain concepts in micro-/macroergonomi, work environment act, safety and risk management as well as maintenance. 
  • describe, analyze and handle possible ethical consequences from a safety point and humane perspective. 
  • have an understanding of the role of technology in society, which takes into account human capabilities and limitations of a human-machine system. 
  • apply the course of the previous analysis tools in practical realistic situations.
  • model and conduct job analyzes with respect to performance, safety and ergonomics.
  • evaluate the results of ergonomic analysis of a task with respect to problem identification, analysis, evaluation and improvement suggestions.
  • implement various types of risk analysis and management of technical systems.
  • describe the different types of production systems and their impact on human-machine interface. 
  • Describe the different types of productivity and efficiency measurement in manual as well as in more automated production systems.
  • describe how tasks can be allocated between man and machine.


The content covers human factors and conditions in technical systems and organizational aspects of this. The lectures deal with the human-machine interaction has become an increasingly vikigare aspect of the development of technology and the technology we use has become increasingly complex and difficult to understand. Further highlights risks in technical systems and ability to analyze and manage them adequately. In short exercises are practical applications that are illustrated for a number of analytical methods. 


The course includes lectures, exercises, ev. study visit, and laboratory experiments with different ergonomics and risk/safety tools.


Work and technology on human terms (2015), ISBN: 978-91-7365-202-5 and other designated articles.

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination is based on the written exams, laboratory exercises, active participation in exercises, and attendance at mandatory tasks. The grade scale is TH, i.e. 5, 4, 3 and failed.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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