Emphasizing the interactive systems view in a master’s programme in Ergonomics and HTO
2015 (English)In: Proceedings 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, International Ergonomics Association, International Ergonomics Association , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Ergonomics spans over several disciplines and carries a strong potential in designing and improving systems performance. However, from an educational perspective, bringing forward the systems perspective may be challenging from different point of views e.g. what areas of Ergonomics should be taught and in what way and how should the systems perspective be realized in an educational setting. The aim of this paper is to highlight experiences and lessons learned when emphasizing and developing an interactive systems perspective within a master’s programme in Ergonomics and HTO (Human, Technology, Organization) at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. The interactive systems perspective is conveyed through a separate HTO-course to emphasize the systems perspective and a developed interdisciplinary approach. It further pervades the programme from selection of students, pedagogical structure of the programme and the teachers’ multidisciplinary backgrounds. Although working with a full educational programme gives substantial room for room for manoeuvre, some experiences and ideas from this education may serve as inspiration in other ergonomics and human factors educational contexts.
Practitioner Summary: Ergonomics is a multidisciplinary field, which contributes to developing a systems view to design products and systems. Bringing forward the systems view in an educational setting, however, may be challenging. This paper highlights experiences and lessons learned when emphasising and developing an interactive systems perspective within a master’s programme in Ergonomics and HTO (Human, Technology, Organization) at The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. The interactive systems perspective is developed through student and teachers with different academic backgrounds, linking between different courses in the programme, and an HTO-course, which emphasizes the systems perspective in Ergonomics.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Ergonomics Association , 2015.
teaching, multidisciplinary, humans, technology, organization
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29289OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-29289DiVA: diva2:899450
19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, Melbourne, 9-14 August, 2015.