Course syllabus ZEPRS - Ergonomy of Design (OP VVV) (FFWT - WS 2019/2020)

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Course code: ZEPRS
Course title in language of instruction: Ergonomy of Design
Course title in Czech: Ergonomy of Design (OP VVV)
Course title in English: Ergonomy of Design (OP VVV)
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/0 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: bachelor; master
Semester: WS 2019/2020
Name of lecturer: Ing. Danica Káňová, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
doc. Ing. Jiří Tauber, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Prerequisites: none
Aims of the course:
To familiarize students with the issue of ergonomics. Content of study is mainly the understanding of the fundamental principles in the solution space and furniture for appropriate conditions both for work, and other human activities. Ergonomics is an interdisciplinary science that combines the knowledge of technical sciences, physiology, anthropometry, anthropology, psychology and hygiene. The aim of the course is the knowledge of all these components for the understanding of the relationship of man and his environment, including a typology of the furniture. Ergonomics is the science that deals with the relationship of man and his environment. He gets into awareness with the development of working activities, while studying the physical and mental abilities of the person, applied techniques of work, its organisation, material environment and the sociopsychological ratios.
Course contents:
1.Introduction to ergonomics, history and development (allowance 2/0)
2.Theoretical insights from anthropology – the basic dimensions of the person, the relationship man – machine, the furniture. Ranges of movements (allowance 3/0)
3.Working position and their principles - the standing position, sitting position, lying down (allowance 2/0)
4.Factors of noise and their effect on the human body in active or passive activities (allowance 2/0)
5.Light and its use in interior design. (allowance 3/0)
6.Thermal aspects of their regulation for streamlining work activities (allowance 2/0)
7.Color and its influence on the perception of space (allowance 4/0)
8.Psychological and social aspects (allowance 4/0)
9.Practical experience and examples (allowance 6/0)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to apply knowledge
-Ability to solve problems
-Ability to speak and write in mother tongue
-Ability to work independently
-Capacity to learn
-Ethical commitment
-Professional knowledge
-Quality concept awareness
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Knowledge of basic design work
-Orientation in furniture design
-The ability to use the acquired knowledge in practice

Type of course unit: optional
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture30 h
     professional educational excursion40 h
     project work50 h
     workshop20 h
Total140 h
Assessment methods:
- Evaluation of the quality of the already existing furniture due to the ergonomics.
- Presentation of new ergonomically appropriate innovative proposals.
- The ability to use gained information in practice.
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQGILBERTOVÁ, S. -- MATOUŠEK, O.Ergonomie: optimalizace lidské činnosti1. vyd. PrahaGrada Publishing200280-247-0226-6
RQGLIVICKÝ, V. et al.Úvod do ergonomiePrahaPráce1975
RQMetody rozboru a hodnocení předpokládané a výsledné celkové spolehlivosti systému člověk-stroj-zvíře-prostředí1979
RQBOULAZ, I.Ergonomics and spaceBrnoMendelova univerzita v Brně2019978-80-7509-618-0


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