Product Ergonomics, 6 credits (TMKT97)

Produktergonomi, 6 hp

Main field of study

Product Development Mechanical Engineering

Level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Torbjörn Andersson

Director of studies or equivalent

Mikael Axin
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CDPU Design and Product Development, M Sc in Engineering 4 (Spring 2018) 1 2 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Product Development, Mechanical Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G2X

Course offered for

  • Design and Product Development, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Prerequisites

Mechanics, Design and Product Development

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • use some ergonomics theories and principles in product development
  • use some qualitative and quantitative methods to understand the user’s needs and requirements
  • assess and evaluate the consequences of ergonomics in products
  • analyse and examine the role of ergonomics by discussing and evaluating different products and product development questions
  • communicate with other disciplines, acting professionally as engineer in a multidisciplinary context and presenting product concepts in a credible way.

  • Course content

    The role of ergonomics in products and product development. User profile and task analyses. Qualitative and quantitative methods. The product and the context. Ergonomics (psychosocial and work organizational environment, physical workload, physical and chemical factors, man – technology system, safety – risk, laws). Communication with other disciplines and development and presentation of credible product concepts.

    Teaching and working methods

    The course runs throughout the fall semester. During the first study period mainly basic theoretical knowledge is acquired. The tuition is then structured around weekly themes where different knowledge areas are addressed in lectures, through discussion assignments, practical application exercises, assignments and seminars. Knowledge is applied and deepened by a product development project work that runs over both study periods. During this project a collaboration with students taking an occupational therapist at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Linköping University is included, there the role of the engineer is practiced.

    Examination

    TEN2Written examinationU, 3, 4, 53 credits
    UPG8AssignmentsU, G1 credits
    PRA1Project assignmentsU, G2 credits

    Grades

    Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

    Department

    Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling

    Director of Studies or equivalent

    Mikael Axin

    Examiner

    Torbjörn Andersson

    Course website and other links

    Education components

    Preliminary scheduled hours: 55 h
    Recommended self-study hours: 105 h

    Course literature

    Books
    Bohgard, Mats, Karlsson, Stig, Lovén, Eva, Mikaelsson, Lars-Åke, Mårtensson, Lena, Osvalder, Anna-Lisa, Rose, Linda, Ulfvengren, Pernilla, (2015) Arbete och teknik på människans villkor 3. uppl. Stockholm : Prevent, 2015
    ISBN: 9789173651950
    Other

    Books

    Bohgard, Mats, Karlsson, Stig, Lovén, Eva, Mikaelsson, Lars-Åke, Mårtensson, Lena, Osvalder, Anna-Lisa, Rose, Linda, Ulfvengren, Pernilla, (2015) Arbete och teknik på människans villkor 3. uppl. Stockholm : Prevent, 2015

    ISBN: 9789173651950

    Other

    TEN2 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 3 credits
    UPG8 Assignments U, G 1 credits
    PRA1 Project assignments U, G 2 credits

    Course syllabus

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    Timetabling

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    Interrupting a course

    The vice-chancellor’s decision concerning regulations for registration, deregistration and reporting results (Dnr LiU-2015-01241) states that interruptions in study are to be recorded in Ladok. Thus, all students who do not participate in a course for which they have registered must record the interruption, such that the registration on the course can be removed. Deregistration from a course is carried out using a web-based form: www.lith.liu.se/for-studenter/kurskomplettering?l=sv. 

    Cancelled courses

    Courses with few participants (fewer than 10) may be cancelled or organised in a manner that differs from that stated in the course syllabus. The board of studies is to deliberate and decide whether a course is to be cancelled or changed from the course syllabus. 

    Regulations relating to examinations and examiners 

    Details are given in a decision in the university’s rule book: http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622678.

    Forms of examination

    Examination

    Written and oral examinations are held at least three times a year: once immediately after the end of the course, once in August, and once (usually) in one of the re-examination periods. Examinations held at other times are to follow a decision of the board of studies.

    Principles for examination scheduling for courses that follow the study periods:

    • courses given in VT1 are examined for the first time in March, with re-examination in June and August
    • courses given in VT2 are examined for the first time in May, with re-examination in August and October
    • courses given in HT1 are examined for the first time in October, with re-examination in January and August
    • courses given in HT2 are examined for the first time in January, with re-examination at Easter and in August.

    The examination schedule is based on the structure of timetable modules, but there may be deviations from this, mainly in the case of courses that are studied and examined for several programmes and in lower grades (i.e. 1 and 2). 

    • Examinations for courses that the board of studies has decided are to be held in alternate years are held only three times during the year in which the course is given.
    • Examinations for courses that are cancelled or rescheduled such that they are not given in one or several years are held three times during the year that immediately follows the course, with examination scheduling that corresponds to the scheduling that was in force before the course was cancelled or rescheduled.
    • If teaching is no longer given for a course, three examination occurrences are held during the immediately subsequent year, while examinations are at the same time held for any replacement course that is given, or alternatively in association with other re-examination opportunities. Furthermore, an examination is held on one further occasion during the next subsequent year, unless the board of studies determines otherwise.
    • If a course is given during several periods of the year (for programmes, or on different occasions for different programmes) the board or boards of studies determine together the scheduling and frequency of re-examination occasions.

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    Code of conduct for students during examinations

    Details are given in a decision in the university’s rule book: http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622682.

    Retakes for higher grade

    Students at the Institute of Technology at LiU have the right to retake written examinations and computer-based examinations in an attempt to achieve a higher grade. This is valid for all examination components with code “TEN” and "DAT". The same right may not be exercised for other examination components, unless otherwise specified in the course syllabus.

    Retakes of other forms of examination

    Regulations concerning retakes of other forms of examination than written examinations and computer-based examinations are given in the LiU regulations for examinations and examiners, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622678.

    Plagiarism

    For examinations that involve the writing of reports, in cases in which it can be assumed that the student has had access to other sources (such as during project work, writing essays, etc.), the material submitted must be prepared in accordance with principles for acceptable practice when referring to sources (references or quotations for which the source is specified) when the text, images, ideas, data, etc. of other people are used. It is also to be made clear whether the author has reused his or her own text, images, ideas, data, etc. from previous examinations.

    A failure to specify such sources may be regarded as attempted deception during examination.

    Attempts to cheat

    In the event of a suspected attempt by a student to cheat during an examination, or when study performance is to be assessed as specified in Chapter 10 of the Higher Education Ordinance, the examiner is to report this to the disciplinary board of the university. Possible consequences for the student are suspension from study and a formal warning. More information is available at https://www.student.liu.se/studenttjanster/lagar-regler-rattigheter?l=sv.

    Grades

    The grades that are preferably to be used are Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass not without distinction (4) and Pass with distinction (5). Courses under the auspices of the faculty board of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (Institute of Technology) are to be given special attention in this regard.

    1. Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for courses that have written examinations.
    2. Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded for courses with a large degree of practical components such as laboratory work, project work and group work.

    Examination components

    1. Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for written examinations (TEN).
    2. Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) are to be used for undergraduate projects and other independent work.
    3. Examination components for which the grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded are laboratory work (LAB), project work (PRA), preparatory written examination (KTR), oral examination (MUN), computer-based examination (DAT), home assignment (HEM), and assignment (UPG).
    4. Students receive grades either Fail (U) or Pass (G) for other examination components in which the examination criteria are satisfied principally through active attendance such as other examination (ANN), tutorial group (BAS) or examination item (MOM).

    The examination results for a student are reported at the relevant department.

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    LiU’s rule book for education at first-cycle and second-cycle levels is available at http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/Innehall/Utbildning_pa_grund-_och_avancerad_niva. 

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