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Kursplan för

MPP027 - Production ergonomics & work design
Kursplanen fastställd 2013-02-18 av programansvarig (eller motsvarande)
Ägare: MPPEN
7,5 Poäng
Betygskala: TH - Fem, Fyra, Tre, Underkänt
Utbildningsnivå: Avancerad nivå
Huvudområde: Automation och mekatronik, Maskinteknik, Teknisk design

Undervisningsspråk: Engelska
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Blockschema: A

Modul   Poängfördelning   Tentamensdatum
Lp1 Lp2 Lp3 Lp4 Sommarkurs Ej Lp
0111 Inlämningsuppgift 3,0 hp Betygskala: TH   3,0 hp    
0211 Dugga 4,5 hp Betygskala: TH   4,5 hp   Kontakta examinator,  Kontakta examinator,  Kontakta examinator

I program



Docent  Cecilia Berlin


MPP026   Human factors in production


MTS 4,0 hp


För kurser inom Chalmers utbildningsprogram gäller samma behörighetskrav som till de(t) program kursen ingår i.

Kursspecifika förkunskaper

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.

Lärandemål (efter fullgjord kurs ska studenten kunna)

  • 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 mental and social working conditions
  • Explain how human physical measurements affect workplace and equipment design
  • Carry out a time study and a performance rating
  • 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.

Sidansvarig Publicerad: on 24 jan 2018.