Human -Technology - Organization/Human factors E-MTOM100

Get a greater understanding of Human-Technology-Organization (HTO) interaction and Human Factor (HF) aspects in complex industrial systems and environments.

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Teaching metods


Next course

Spring 2023



Course fee

20.000 NOK


The course aims at enhancing your understanding and knowledge on various human-technological-organizational/human factor aspects related to design, technology, operations, and management of complex industrial and technical systems in different industrial settings, that can help minimize unwanted events as well as increasing reliability, safety, security, and efficiency.

This course was originally developed in collaboration with Statoil (now Equinor), the Petroleum Safety Authority, and Institute for Energy technology (IFE). It covers a range of issues, theories, principles and practices related to the HTO/HF.

Risk and Complex systems perspective are the core of the course, which also includes models, methodologies, and standards at both macro and micro level in modern industrial systems. The focus of the Course is to bring different disciplines and industrial contexts together to address and to understand different perspectives of HTO/HF for safety, security, reliability, and productivity improvements.

Potential candidates

The course is highly relevant for both the private and the public sectors. It is aimed at industrial professionals who are involved in activities related to industrial assets  and systems, public services, industrial production and processes, engineering and technology design, operations, projects, risk management, health & safety, infrastructure, industrial facilities, construction etc.

Examples of what you learn


  • Knowledge and understanding on the critical interface between human, organizational, and technological aspects in the design and operation of complex systems
  • Up to date knowledge on the theories and principles on human factors engineering
  • The interface between human-technology-organization and Systems risk
  • Dealing with complex interfaces in the design and deployment of complex technological systems
  • Understanding of Systems perspective in managing technically and operationally complex environments


  • Application of tools, methods, and techniques to improve safety and productivity in work systems
  • Ability to analyze the complexities of interaction between technology, humans and organizational processes
  • Integration of complex human and organizational aspects in the design and operation of engineering systems

Generell kompetanse/General competence

  • Importance of human factors in modern technical system design and operations
  • Awareness of risk associated with the negligence of critical human-technology-organization interfaces
  • Critical review of work systems in terms of human factors and organizational aspects.  


The course is held by Professor Jayantha P. Liyanage.


The course is divided into 5 sessions:

  • Introduction to MTO/HF
  • Human error, Human reliability, and behavior
  • Human in Engineering and Technology
  • Human in Organizations and Work processes
  • Human in Systems and Digital systems

Lecture Dates

All lectures of the Course will be digital.

Lectures will be held following days through CANVAS.

  • Course start – 10th March
  • Session 1 – 10th March
  • Session 2 – 31st March
  • Session 3 – 21st April
  • Session 4 – 12th May
  • Session 5 – 2nd June

There will be Individual learning activities designed into the course in-between lecture days.   

The course Compendium and the detailed Lecture schedule with learning activities will be posted to all applicants prior to the course start-up date.

For any questions, feel free to contact the Course responsible (‘Fagansvarlig’): Prof. Jayantha P. Liyanage ( )

The programme uses Canvas as communication platform, and all the lectures are held in English.

Final Exam

Final exam is a home exam. It is based on Written reports for each Module separately, with equal weights on the Final grade. Assessment: A-F.

Exam date: Deadline for submission of Final Exam report for spring 2023 is; 30th June 2023.

You can submit the exam and the mandatory assignments in Norwegian or English.

Admission requirements

a) Bachelor's degree, cand. mag. degree, other degree or vocational education of a minimum of 3 years, education which in accordance with § 3-4 in the Act on Universities and University Colleges is approved as equivalent to the above degrees or educational courses.

b) The Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Stavanger may in special cases approve other documented qualifications that are wholly or partly equivalent to the educational courses mentioned in a. - Admission on the basis of realkompetanse".

c) In addition, at least two years' relevant work experience is required in relation to the topic under study.


d) In order to be able to apply for admission on the basis of prior learning ("realkompetanse"), a minimum of 60 credits from previous studies is required.

Foreign applicants must also document education and English skills in accordance with NOKUT's regulations. Read more about the English language requirements here: English Language Requirements for International Applicants | University of Stavanger ( If you do not meet the English requirements, but you are working in an English speaking work environment, you can upload a CV + a certificate from your workplace that states this, as this may substitute the requirement.


  • We practice the first-come, first-served principle when registering this course, as long as you qualify for admission based on the admission requirements and the prerequisite knowledge

The course will be set up as long as there is a sufficient amount of applicants


Professor i industriell teknologi og driftsledelse
Det teknisk-naturvitenskapelige fakultet
Institutt for maskin, bygg og materialteknologi

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