Course detail

Systems Methodology

ÚSI-RSSYMAcad. year: 2020/2021

Students will gain basic knowledge enabling them to apply the systemic approach to the solution of complicated problem situations, especially in the field of engineering.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will gain basic knowledge that will enable them to use the systemic approach when dealing with difficult problem situations, especially in the field of engineering.


Not requested.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

JANÍČEK, P.: Systémové pojetí vybraných oborů pro techniky, hledání souvislostí. 1. díl AKADEMICKÉ NAKLADATELSTVÍ CERM, Brno 2007, ISBN (CERM) 978-80-7204-555-6
KLEDUS, R. Obecná metodika soudního inženýrství. VUT v Brně, 2. vyd. Brno 2014 ISBN 978-80-214-5041-7 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Tuition takes place via lectures and seminars. The lectures focus on the explanation of basic principles, the methods of the given discipline, problems and example solutions.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The examination consists of 2 parts: a written test and an oral examination. Students must gain a minimum mark of 70 % to advance to the oral exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Systemic methodology – systems theory, the concepts of systems and sets, the systemic approach, systemic thought.
2. The application of the system of substantial quantities (SSQ) to a structure, basic concepts in systems theory, the systemic conception of problem situations and problems.
3. The use of the systemic procedure during problem solving – cognitive problems, the systemic conception of systemic methods.
4. Risk engineering – systemic definition (basic concepts, methods of assessing the safety of technical structures, the categorization of defects, their consequences and the collective sizes of risks, methods used in safety studies, the field of risk management as applied to technical structures).
5. Modelling theory – definition of modelling, the structure of modelling, basic characteristics and generalized structure of a model, generalized structure of modelling, basic activities in modelling, modelling types, calculation modelling – classic calculation modelling, simulation modelling.
6. The systemic conception of an experiment – the systemic approach to experiments – basic concepts, the phases of a technical experiment, computer support for experiments, theory of experiments, technical diagnostics.
7. Systemic conception of limit states of technical structures – definitions of basic concepts, limit states of technical structures, classification of limit states, limit states in property valuation, basic approaches to property value quantification.
8. Property value assessment via cost, yield and comparative methods.
9. Assessment of the extent of damage to property, legislation concerning compensation for damage, algorithms for calculating the extent of damage.
10. Activities requiring forensic engineering expertise – legislation: organization of the activities of forensic engineers, appointment of experts, recall of experts, provision of testimony by expert witnesses, management and monitoring of forensic engineering experts, requirements for forensic engineering experts, the recruiting of experts for the submission of expert opinions. Expert opinions (formal and content requirements of a written expert opinion).
11. The activities of forensic experts – requirements according to legislation, the practical performance of forensic engineering activities and applicable procedures in such activities (forensic engineering activities as an information process, the systemic approach to solving specialised problems (primary activities of experts, file survey, completeness of documents, technical acceptability of documents, preparation of findings for expert opinions, preliminary expert opinions, preparation of expert opinions, formulations of answers).
12. Expert opinions for the needs of proceedings involving public authorities: the share of experts in providing evidence – basic concepts, common means of establishing proof, special methods of establishing proof in criminal proceedings, general principles of providing evidence, examinations during criminal proceedings, investigative and forensic experiments (preparation, execution), examinations in other types of proceedings.
13. Responsibility of expert witnesses and specialists for a submitted expert opinion (material responsibility, criminal responsibility of expert witnesses, regulatory offences committed by experts, sanctions in criminal and civil proceedings).


The aim of the course is to provide general knowledge of the field of systemic methods – the systemic approach, systemic thought, systemic methods, systemic procedures and further specialised forensic engineering knowledge of the chosen systemic methods (modelling, experiments, limit states, statistics).

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

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme RRTES_P Master's

    specialization RRES , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    specialization RRTS , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer