330.200 Fundamentals of Work Science
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

... describe approaches and concepts of humanization and augmentation of efficiency of work systems through   optimal design and execution of human labor and apply them on practical examples
... know about the importance of ergonomics
... name essential influencing variables on work satisfaction
... distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and explain the necessity of this differentiation
... explain the importance of ressources and strain
... name coping strategies (primary, secondary and tertiary prevention) for strains
... reflect on group processes

Subject of course

Work science is an interdisciplinary discipline derived from engineering and looks at the subject of work from different angles. The aim of work science is to design work that is both humane as well as efficient / effective.

The object of work science is therefore to analyze existing working conditions, to systematically process them and to provide measures for possible improvements. Here, two different perspectives can be assumed: On the one hand, work can be adapted to people. This involves analyzing people's abilities, skills and characteristics and adapting the workplaces, workflows and environment accordingly. Ergonomics plays a key role here. The second perspective, adapting people to work, is about ensuring that people can meet the demands of the job and are motivated to do it. Both perspectives are essential.

The course encompasses the following topics:

  • Ergonomics
  • Work environment
  • Analysis and evaluation of work
  • Design of work
  • Group work
  • Work motivation and satisfaction
  • Work and health
  • Future of work

Teaching methods

Online video, guest lecture, face-to-face Q&A sessions, excersises

Mode of examination


Additional information


Participation in introductionary session is obligatory. It's not necessary to assign yourself to a group.
Students who are not present in the introductionary session (and are not excused)  are automatically signed off. 

Due to the pandemic, the format of the course may change. 



Course dates

Mon16:00 - 18:0013.03.2023 - 26.06.2023HS 18 Czuber - MB AW
Mon16:00 - 18:0015.05.2023HS 18 Czuber - MB AW
Mon16:00 - 18:0003.07.2023HS 18 Czuber - MB Ersatztest
Fundamentals of Work Science - Single appointments
Mon13.03.202316:00 - 18:00HS 18 Czuber - MB AW VORBESPRECHUNG
Mon27.03.202316:00 - 18:00HS 18 Czuber - MB AW
Mon17.04.202316:00 - 18:00HS 18 Czuber - MB AW
Mon24.04.202316:00 - 18:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Test
Mon08.05.202316:00 - 18:00HS 18 Czuber - MB AW
Mon15.05.202316:00 - 18:00HS 18 Czuber - MB AW
Mon12.06.202316:00 - 18:00HS 18 Czuber - MB AW
Mon19.06.202316:00 - 18:00HS 18 Czuber - MB AW
Mon26.06.202316:00 - 18:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Test
Mon03.07.202316:00 - 18:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Ersatztest

Examination modalities

active participation during Q&A sessions in the classroom, exams, exercises


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri12:00 - 14:0028.06.2024HS 18 Czuber - MB written01.06.2024 09:00 - 27.06.2024 18:00TISS2. Test SS, 1.Termin
Mon16:00 - 18:0001.07.2024FH Hörsaal 1 - MWB written01.06.2024 12:00 - 30.06.2024 18:00TISS2. Test SS, 2. Termin
Mon16:00 - 18:0018.11.2024HS 18 Czuber - MB writtenno application-1. Test
Mon16:00 - 18:0018.11.2024HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL writtenno application-1. Test
Tue10:00 - 12:0021.01.2025HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky - ARCH writtenno application-2. Test
Mon16:00 - 18:0027.01.2025HS 18 Czuber - MB writtenno application-2. Test
Mon16:00 - 18:0028.04.2025FH Hörsaal 1 - MWB writtenno application-1. Test SS
Mon16:00 - 18:0030.06.2025FH Hörsaal 1 - MWB written31.05.2025 12:00 - 29.06.2025 18:00TISS2. Test SS, 2. Termin
Fri12:00 - 14:0004.07.2025HS 18 Czuber - MB written07.06.2025 09:00 - 03.07.2025 18:00TISS2. Test SS, 1.Termin

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
31.01.2023 09:00 12.03.2023 17:00 12.03.2023 17:00

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
Gruppe Mo31.01.2023 09:0027.02.2023 17:00


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Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Prior completion of "Grundlagen der Betriebs- und Unternehmensführung" is recommended.