Course detail

Ergonomics - summer

FaVU-ERG-LAcad. year: 2018/2019

Ergonomics is a scientific multi-disciplinary application discipline investigating a person during a working process by using systemic approach. A systemic analysis and the synthesis of factors of the investigated subject will be carried out. The biggest emphasis will be put on the human factor - i. e. on a human person as a realizer and user of all cultural aterfacts. Therefore in the second part of the course the theoretic and practical anthropological standardization will be carried out (in other words: human person is a measure for all things).

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students learn to know the human being as a target user of design products in all his/her aspects: in the aspect of spirit, soul and body. They will be able to use a number of facts related to the human being for the purpose of correct, nice and sophisticated designing, during which they will respect both human potential and limitations.




Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations..

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Classified credit.

Course curriculum

1) Basic ergonomic characteristics (analysis and synthesis) using the example of the workplace with PC.
2) Development of anthropometric methods for practical application.
3) Anatomic uniqueness of various working and relaxing body positions and their changes.
4) Physiological base of skeletal and muscular apparatus (incidence of faulty carriage).
5) Tests of mental well-being and individual uniqueness of users, including territorial behaviour.
6) Method of canons. Somatographic method of furniture construction evaluation.
7) Anthropometric approaches and variability of body size.
8) Ergonomic dimensions according to ČSN EN ISO 7250.
9) Selection of basic typal dimensions for constructing some kinds of furniture according to the solved problem.
10) Work with anthropometric data in various databases.
11) Satisfaction of ninety per cent of population, including theoretic calculation.
12) Continuation of the creation of typal standard from further constructional anthropometric dimensions.
13) Further examples of the application of anthropometric standardization for egronomic utilization in the construction of work places.

Work placements

Not applicable.


To provide students with the necessary minimum of knowledge about aspects and relations inside the general system which explores the human being during the working process. The emphasis is put on the application: students should be able to distinguish crucial points in the problem situation, analyze them qualitatively and quantitatively, and design practical systemic adjustments which would improve this situation from the viewpoint of the human being so that the whole system can effectively work in a long run.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance is mandatory.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Basic literature

Šedivý, V. Ergonomie: Člověk při práci

Recommended reading

Beneš, J.: Člověk. Mladá fronta
Fetter, V. a kol.: Antropologie

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme Bachelor's

    branch APD , 3. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer