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Benefits of the Human-Technology-Organization Concept in Teaching Ergonomics – Students Perspective
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4853-314
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0109-5246
2018 (English)In: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing / [ed] Sebastiano Bagnara, Riccardo Tartaglia, Sara Albolino, Thomas Alexander, Yushi Fujita, Springer, 2018, Vol. 821, p. 627-636Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The human-technology-organization (HTO) concept has been used for creating systems understanding of ergonomics in three engineering educations at the School of Engineering in Jönköping. Students from courses given in two undergraduate and one graduate program (n = 122) participated in the study, which involved a course evaluation questionnaire to assess the understanding of ergonomics as discipline and HTO as a means for creating systems understanding. The questionnaire included both ranking and personal comments to the questions. The results show that the students in general considered knowledge of ergonomics and HTO as beneficial for their future work and that the HTO concept did contribute to their understanding of workplace ergonomics. However, there was a significant difference between undergraduate and graduate students in all these aspects where undergraduates ranked all these aspects lower than graduates. This was also reflected in personal comments on the questions. Conclusions that can be drawn are that understanding systems is generally difficult and the HTO concept can assist in helping students to overcome these difficulties. However, the differences between the student groups must be explicitly considered as well as increasing students’ awareness of the relevance of ergonomics for engineers. 

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Springer, 2018. Vol. 821, p. 627-636
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Engineering education, HTO concept, Systems understanding, Ergonomics, Surveys, Teaching, Course evaluations, Graduate program, Graduate students, School of engineering, Student groups, Students
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41501DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96080-7_75Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85051741239ISBN: 978-3-319-96079-1 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-96080-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-41501DiVA, id: diva2:1249362
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20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018; Florence; Italy; 26 - 30 August 2018
Available from: 2018-09-19 Created: 2018-09-19 Last updated: 2019-03-19Bibliographically approved

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