Maritime Human Factors

7.5 credits

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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.


To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.

However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.

There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.

Student working from home


In Kalmar, Linnaeus University is located in the city centre. Universitetskajen is entirely newly-built and located just next to the sea. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

The city centre is also where most students live. Everything is available within a ten-minute bicycle ride, regardless of whether you want to take a swim in the sea, study, do some shopping, or work out. Historical buildings and cobblestone streets give charm to the city. When it is sunny, the area next to Kalmar Castle’s moat is filled with studying and sunbathing students. Student life is a natural part of Kalmar. This is where your dream of the future begins!

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