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Industrial Design BA (A), Ergonomic Design, 7.5 Credits

General data

Code: IU133G
Subject/Main field: Industridesign
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (A)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
Answerable department: Department of Industrial Design
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 10/14/2013
Date of change: 11/11/2014
Version valid from: 11/1/2013


The course aims to provide students with knowledge of how the different operations should be carried out in order to decrease stress on the human body, i.e., how to carry out the work using minimum force. This in order for the student to later be able to provide products with a conscious ergonomic design and with that consideration for the users.

Course objectives

The student will in a practical and experimental way:
- be able to describe how the human body is affected by different types of stress.
- understand the difference between static and dynamic stress.
- have knowledge of the most common occupational injuries and how they can be minimized or completely avoided through awareness.
- have a good understanding of practical biomechanics.
- be able to work with a controlled application task and solve the task's ergonomic, technical and artistic problems using an approved method and the knowledge acquired in the course.


- To provide students with knowledge of how the human body is affected by the stress and risks of various operations.
- Practical exercises and laboratory work to demonstrate static and dynamic stress.
- Frequent occupational injuries demonstrated through practical exercises and descriptions of how they can be avoided.
- Practical biomechanics is demonstrated where mathematics is applied in an experimental way.
- The course will provide skills in problem solving where students must apply relevant knowledge and skills to solve ergonomic, technical and artistic problems within a given framework.

Entry requirements

At least 60 Credits (ECTS) in Industrial Design or equivalent.
(OB 6)

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The teaching consists of seminars and workshops where everyone participates, compulsory attendance. In addition to teacher-supervised time the course includes independent studies.

Examination form

7.5 credits, I101: Assignments and presentation including;
- analog sketches and digital sketches.
- physical test model.
- final presentation model in the form of a digital or physical model.
- written report, which using text and images explains how the student has understood and so met the course objectives during the work process.

Grades: Pass or Fail

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G)

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