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Maritime Human Factors



Course format Online
Date 2021-01-18 - 2021-06-06
Cost 19,300 SEK

Maritime Human Factors addresses human, technical and organizational factors in a sustainable sea transport system. During this course you will gain knowledge on how human physical and mental abilities and limitations affect safety, sustainability and overall system performance in maritime operations. Special emphasis is placed on tools and methods for analysis, evaluation and design of human–machine systems. You will further learn how to apply human factors engineering theories and methods to address a real-life problem as part of a case study, in which you get to describe, exemplify and reflect upon how human element aspects affect safety, performance and sustainability in maritime work environments today and in the future.

The course is taught as a self-study course on distance with multiple assignments to be submitted through the university’s e-learning platform. In addition, a few voluntary meetings for field visits and group work are offered to the course participants.


180 ECTS credits in a relevant area of maritime science and English language skills corresponding to English B, IELTS or TOEFL.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

After completing the course, the participant shall have:

  • Acquired knowledge and understanding of central concepts within research on human factors
  • Acquired knowledge and understanding of relevant human factor theories and their progression over the past decades.
  • Acquired knowledge and understanding of human physical and mental abilities and limitations in work situations.

Competence and skills

After completing the course the participant shall have:

  • Attained the ability to describe, exemplify and reflect on how organizational issues and the work environment affect maritime safety and human performance.
  • Developed the ability to analyse risks and accidents in a complex sociotechnical system, in order to argue for causes, and recommend solutions from a systems perspective
  • Developed the ability to independently and based on scientific knowledge identify,analyse, and recommend solutions to a work environment or safety problem in a case study, presented verbally and in writing.


ISCED Categories

Logistics and shipping management