IT Systems and Human Factors

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1MD017

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Computer Science A1N, Human-Computer Interaction A1N, Technology A1N
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Information Technology

Entry requirements

120 credits with 60 credits in computer science/engineering/information systems including an introductory course in human-computer interaction. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • account for central concepts within research on human factors and cognitive work;
  • analyse cognitive work in a systematic way, following established methods;
  • account for and contrast different models of human control of dynamic and complex systems;
  • analyse applications of automation and describe the conditions for a well-functioning interaction between human and technology;
  • analyse incidents and accidents in technological systems, with respect to fundamental conditions for human control of such systems;
  • evaluate how user interfaces and system interactions affect overarching values such as efficiency, productivity, safety, health and sustainable development;
  • show examples of how resilient design solutions for information technological systems function.


The human as an operator, and factor to count with, at control of complex systems. The operator's process graphics as a part of an efficient work. Why one uses, and how one carries out, cognitive work analyses. The importance of the user interface and the system interaction for overall purposes as efficiency, productivity, safety, health and sustainable development. The development and usage in socio-technical systems of the risk concept. Models of human decision making. Analyses of the human factor in latent system faults within the context of accident investigations.


Lectures.Seminars. Tutoring.


.Assignments .Constructive participation in seminars.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course cannot be counted in a degree together with 1MD018 Humans in complex systems.

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