Human-Technology-Organization in Complex industrial systems (OFF570)

Important human, technological, and organizational (HTO) aspects that affect Complex engineering systems. Gives knowledge on how Human, Technology, Organization, and Work process related matters influence Complex industrial systems, what measures can be taken for productive, efficient, and safe operations, and how can one avoid unwanted situations.

Course description for study year 2022-2023


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Important human, technological, and organizational (HTO) aspects that affect design, utilization, and operations of complex technical systems. Understanding and knowledge about various measures to improve safety, security, and productivity and to reduce unwanted situations and incidents. Practical industrial cases and incidents.

Learning outcome


  • has thorough knowledge of theories and methods within human, technology, and organizational aspects.
  • can apply knowledge on complex technological systems
  • can analyze subject related problems related to design and operational challenges  


  • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
  • can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field and work independently on practical and theoretical problems
  • can use relevant principles and methods for research and professional development work

General competence

  • can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems
  • can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out assignments and projects
  • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Exam assignments 1/1 Letter grades

If a student fails the report assignments , she/he have to take this part again next time the subject is lectured.

Coursework requirements

Report and presentation

Obligatory report and presentations based on Group work.  An additional individual Oral Assessment if the Report or presentations are not satisfactory.

Obligatory requirements must be approved by responsible lecturer within the given deadline.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Jayantha Prasanna Liyanage

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

Lectures and discussions. Self-studies/groupwork. Presentations.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Human factors, technology and organizational issues (MOM470_1) 10

Open for

Structural and Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Structural and Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme. Five Years Industrial Asset Management - Master's Degree Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Risk Management - Master's Degree Programme (Master i teknologi/siviling.) Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

Formally through evaluation forms and/or discussion in relation to guidelines.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto