On human terms: target groups and objectives
The course is for everyone who may have an influence on how work and technology are designed in their future or current professional roles.
Therefore, the content of this online course is of relevance to both university students and a wide variety of professions working in diverse fields and disciplines.
Various kinds of engineers such as product developers, constructors, system developers are one target group.
Human resources specialists and economists are another target group – for instance in roles such as organisational development specialists, management support, purchasing agents, controllers, etc.
Managers, supervisors, safety representatives, business executives and decision-makers of various kinds are also important target groups, of course.
Once you have completed the entire online course, the objective is for you …
- to be able to explain the meaning of human abilities and limitations – i.e. our abilities and limitations as physically labouring, thinking and collaborating beings – when interacting with technical products, technical systems, other humans, groups of people and organisations
- to have the ability to conduct basic assessments of how different types of influencing factors present in the work done by humans – both individual factors and complexes of factors – affect health and performance
to be able to explain basic principles governing the design of human-machine systems, and principles governing how to organise work in order
- to minimise risks to life and health, and in order to promote health and performance
- to be able to explain principles governing how regulations, legislation and economic policy affect health, performance and efficiency, and the way in which good working conditions are both a part of and interact with other elements of sustainable development
- to be able, in a given business case, to apply the above knowledge to the design of technical products, technical systems and organisations for the purpose of promoting health and performance
This course consists of 14 chapters designed to help you acquire these skills.
It ends with a number of cases that are interdisciplinary in nature. These cases will put your newly-acquired knowledge to the test.