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729A71 Behaviour in Complex Systems



The course will contain a set of theory and method seminars (6-10) adapted to the number of students. 50% of the seminars will be theory-oriented, and 50% will be method-oriented. The topics are selected to be relevant to the overall course goals.

Topic list

The specific topic list for the current course iteration will be jointly determined by the course instructor and the students during the first lecture of the course. The purpose of this is to allow some flexibility to pursue topics of particular interest to the students. The available topics are listed below.



1. Resilience theory

1. Resilience methods

2. Human error theory

2. Human error analysis methods

3. Team performance theory

3. Team analysis methods

4. Situation awareness theory

4. Situation awareness methods

5. Automation

5. Task analysis

6. Stress

6. Ethnography in complex systems

7. Expertise and training

6. Communication

The first four theory topics and the first four method topics are linked such that the method seminars will require an understanding of the theory concepts. The last four theory topics (#5-8) and the last three method topics (#5-7) are independent of each other.

You can find the literature associated with each topic under Literature.


For each seminar, one student will be responsible to act as seminar/discussion leader (to be assigned during the first lecture). There is a given set of 3-5 articles/chapters to read for each topic (see Literature). The student responsible for the seminar will also locate one additional article that fits the topic (to be approved by the course instructor). The student will distribute this article to all other students at least one week in advance of the seminar. All students are responsible for reading the assigned material before the seminar, and also to send the student seminar leader 1-2 discussion questions per article at least 24 hours prior to the seminar (cc: the course examiner as well). This will provide the student seminar leader a large set of questions to base the discussion around.

Summary: responsibilities of the seminar leader

    Before the seminar

  • Find one additional article for everyone to read (this article shall be sent to the course instructor for approval)
  • Distribute the additional article to all students at least one week in advance of the seminar
  • Collect questions from all other students 24 hours prior to the seminar
  • During the seminar

  • Introduce each article with a brief summary (the summary should include: important terms and concepts, the aim/goal of the article, the authors' approach to meet the aim/goals, the main points/findings, and other relevant information)
  • Lead and facilitate the class discussion, supported by the submitted questions

Summary: responsibilities of all students

    Before the seminar

  • Read the assigned literature
  • Submit 1-2 discussion questions to the seminar leader 24 hours prior to the seminar
  • During the seminar

  • Participate in the class discussion


Date & Time

Seminar Topic

Seminar Leader


10/11, 13:00-15:00

Task Analysis

A: B:


17/11, 13:00-15:00


A: B:


24/11, 13:00-15:00


A: B:


31/11, 13:00-15:00


A: B:


8/12, 13:00-15:00


A: B:


15/12, 13:00-15:00


A: B:


If you are absent from a seminar, for whatever reason, you will instead complete a written summary and reflection on the assigned reading. The summary should include:

  • Important terms and concepts,
  • The aim/goal of the article,
  • The authors' approach to meet the aim/goals,
  • The main points/findings, and
  • Other relevant information

Each article shall be summarized in about 1 page. Each assigned article for that seminar shall be summarized (including the article chosen by the seminar leader). A final reflection, also about 1 page, shall be provided that discusses your understanding and reflection on the overall content of the assigned reading (e.g., overarching themes, links between articles, relevance, etc.).

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Last updated: 2017-09-29