Course detail


FSI-YERAcad. year: 2019/2020

The basis of the subject is the understanding of all aspects of the human-machine-environment system with the aim of their implementation into the design work, with special regard to the utility and safety of the system. Students apply acquired knowledge on tasks of modeling situations related to the use and operation of objects and machines in order to optimize the position of a person in solved work and non-work activities. They will learn how to adapt the proposed design to the capabilities, possibilities, needs and limitations of the user.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledges needed for industrial design, about the human, the working environment, the system of drivers and indicators, about principles of interior design, safety work and the methodical approach to the construction. Acquired knowledge is practised in workshop projects.


Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of human biology, physics, statistics, and design fundamentals. In biology and physics, the level of secondary school knowledge, for the statistics and the basics of construction, the scope of the curriculum discussed within the university studies is sufficient.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

KRÁL, Miroslav. Ergonomie a její využití v technické praxi II: Normativy ledského těla. Biomechanika a bioenergetika. Ostrava: Alexandr Vávra-Vava, 1998. ISBN 80-86168-04-2. (CS)
CHUNDELA, Lubor. Ergonomie. 3. vyd. V Praze: České vysoké učení technické, 2013. ISBN 978-80-01-05173-3.
RUBÍNOVÁ, Dana. Ergonomie. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2006. ISBN 80-214-3313-2.
SANDERS, Mark S. a Ernest J. MCCORMICK. Human factors in engineering and design. 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, c1993. ISBN 0-07-054901-x.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The subject is taught in the form of lectures which have the character of interpretation of basic principles and the theory of ergonomics. Seminars are focused on practical applications in assignments of modeling basic ergonomic situations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit requirements: attendance at exercises, handing over assigned corrected projects one day before the examination at the latest. Projects topics and deadlines will be specified during the course. Resulting classification will be defined by the ECTS scale. According to the article No. 13 of Study and Examination Rules of Brno University of Technology ECTS evaluation degree scale is used. The course is evaluated with the following grades: ECTS EVALUATION DEGREES / PTS. RATING / NUMERIC RATING: A / 100 - 90 / 1 / Excellent; B /89 - 80 / 1,5 / Very good; C / 79 - 70 / 2 / Good; D / 69 - 60 / Satisfactory; E / 59 - 50 / Sufficient; F / 49 - 0 / 4 / Failed.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the subject is to acquire the knowledge needed for the design and modernization of industrial products and work environment. The task is to lead students to an anthropocentric approach to design, to the systemic solution of the relationship man-machine-environment. Students are led to the ability to formulate requirements for the relationship of a person to any product, to respect its dimensions, psychophysiological possibilities and limits in relation to the performed activity whether of occupational or non-working nature.

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

Recommended attendance at lectures, compulsory attendance at seminars. Education runs according to the week schedule. The way of compensation of missed seminars is specified by the tutor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

    branch B-PDS , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction into the subject. Ergonomics- definition, basis, benefit, goal;
2. Human - anthropometric and psycho-physical attributes, dimensions;
3. Human - sensations and perceptions, reflexes;
4. Human - psychological attributes, interpersonal connections;
5. Human - virtue of human, machine virtue, dimensional solution of the machine;
6. Human and machine- working position, movement space, visual conditions;
7. Tools and equipment, principles and criteria for the design of handels;
8. Controls and indicators, connection between controls and indicators, solution of controls and indicators system;
9. Human and environment, climatic specifications, illumination, noise, vibrations and shakes;
10. Safety of work;
11. Interior - housing, zoning of the house / flat, physical properties of the space, layout solution;
12. Housing and communal spaces, requirements for social, leisure and business premises;
13. Effects of colors on people, sorting and meaning of colors, color solutions of products. Ergonomics for the disabled.

Studio work

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Manufacturingf of the test dummy in sizes 5%, 50%, 95%;
2. Ergonomic parameters I.- ergonomic solution of a seat, analysis of task, sketches;
3. Ergonomic parameters I.- ergonomic solution of a seat, sketches;
4. Ergonomic parameters I.- ergonomic solution of a seat, variants;
5. Ergonomic parameters I.- ergonomic solution of a seat, visualization;
6. Ergonomic parameters II. - ergonomic solution of a machine, analysis of task, sketches;
7. Ergonomic parameters II. - ergonomic solution of a machine, sketches;
8. Ergonomic parameters II. - ergonomic solution of a machine, variants;
9. Ergonomic parameters II. - ergonomic solution of a machine, visualization;
10. Ergonomic parameters III. - ergonomic solution of an environment, analysis of task, sketches. Test;
11. Ergonomic parameters III. - ergonomic solution of an environment, sketches;
12. Ergonomic parameters III. - ergonomic solution of an environment, variants;
13. Ergonomic parameters III. - ergonomic solution of an environment, visualization.