Job Design


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

This module is based on knowledge gained in the module Fundamentals of Operations Management and Process Modelling and Control.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

To provide the student with an understanding of job design, ergonomics, and sustainable jobs.

From scientific management (Taylor) over human factors and human relations to sociotechnical design and after sociotechnical design: the good work, developmental work, high performance work systems, lean, micro ergonomics, macro ergonomics

How to design a sustainable job: time and motion studies, involvement of workers, ergonomics, well-being, division of work, job enrichment and enlargement, psychological job demands, meaning

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge about organizational theory and industrial relations
  • Must have knowledge about classical job design theory and ergonomics
  • Must have knowledge about sustainable jobs,
  • Must have knowledge about psychosocial and physical working environment theory


  • Must be able to explain the classical history from scientific management to sociotechnical design and after.
  • Must be able to use apply time and motion study techniques
  • Must be able to explain theories of worker involvement
  • Must be able to use job design techniques
  • Must be able to discuss and evaluate the working environment of a workplace
  • Must have the skill to communicate with individuals in an interdisciplinary setting.
  • Must have the skill to communicate and motivate


  • Must have the competencies to apply job design theories to create sustainable jobs

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examJob Design
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination

Facts about the module

Danish titleJob design
Module codeM-MOE-B3-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Industry and Global Business Development
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science