Course: Work System Management

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Course title Work System Management
Course code KPE/MAP
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Zbránková Magdalena, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Lectures (topics): 1. Ergonomic approach to work system solution Introduction to the issues of ergonomic. Historical development of ergonomics. Economic and social impact of ergonomics, benefits and utilisation of ergonomics. Related legislation. The human - machines - environment. 2. Man in the work system Anthropometry and its impact on forming a workplace. A man's performance capacity. Adaptation to working conditions. Biorhythms and their impact on work performance. The influence of age and gender on the performance capacity. 3. Organisation of work and work regimes The most convenient work regime and breaks during a work shift. Working pace, forced working pace. Dynamic and static work, monotony. Organisation of work and fatigue. 4. Workload issues The concept of workload. Major stressors. The effects of workload on health. Workload and stress prevention. 5. Working environment Microclimatic conditions at the workplace. Workplace lightning. Noise in the workplace. Workplace and colour adjustments. Workplace layout. Working conditions: employer's responsibilities. 6. Workplace ergonomics Fundamental requirements. Spatial layout requirements and procedure when creating a workplace. Principles for an optimal application of functional features. Workplace typology. Workplace ergonomic analysis. Ergonomic tools. 7. Working positions Requirements for working in sitting, standing and other specific positions. 8. Ergonomic principles when handling loads Proper posture during manual work and safe lifting of loads. Burden of load. Good handling principles. Precautions for handling load. 9.Using ergonometrics when working on a computer How to organise a computer workspace in terms of ergonomics. Risk factors in offices. Proper seating and visual conditions for working on a computer. 10. Safe enterprise OSH legislation, liabilities of the state, companies, trade unions, workers. Prevention, personal protective equipment. The most common causes of mistakes and human failures in work systems. Occupational accidents, occupational diseases. Seminars: Solving practical tasks reflecting the individual topics of the lectures. Interactive games, semestral project presentations.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming), Active metods (simulation, situational contingency methods, drama,acting, namagerial acting ), Lecture, Practicum, E-learning, Students' portfolio
  • Home preparation for classes - 22 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 25 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 22.5 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 10 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to clarify the importance of ergonomics and basic principles which are applicable in business when arranging working conditions and workplace in order to ensure working comfort and human safety. Students will learn how to prevent unnecessary fatigue or even health-related harm.
Acquired competencies: - description of the nature and potential of ergonomics, - explanation of the human - machine - environment relationships, - clarification of work and break regimes during a work shift, - detection of major stressors in a work environment, - description of particularities of sitting, standing and working with heavy load, - definition of a safe workplace.

Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam, Oral presentation of self-study

Credit: Elaboration and presentation of the semestral project Exam: Written exam
Recommended literature
  • Ergonomic Checkpoints: Practical and Easy-to-Implement Solutions for Improving Safety, Health and Working Conditions.. Geneva: International Labour Office, 2009. ISBN 978-92-212-2666-6.
  • BHATTACHARYA, A. and J. D. MCGLOTHLIN. Occupational Ergonomics Theory and Applications, Second Edition. 2nd ed.. Hoboken: CRC Press, 2012. ISBN 978143981935.
  • GILBERTOVÁ, S. a O. MATOUŠEK. Ergonomie: optimalizace lidské činnosti.. Praha: Grada Publishing, 2002. ISBN 80-247-0226-6.
  • MALÝ, S., M. KRÁL a E. HANÁKOVÁ. ABC ergonomie. Praha: Professional Publishing, 2010. ISBN 978-80-743-1027-0.
  • MAREK, J. a P. SKŘEHOT. Základy aplikované ergonomie.. Praha: VÚBP, 2009. ISBN 978-80-869-7358-6.
  • NEUGEBAUER, T. Bezpečnost a ochrana zdraví při práci v kostce, neboli, O čem je současná BOZP. 2. vyd.. Praha: Wolters Kluwer, 2016. ISBN 978-80-755-2106-4.
  • SHORROCK, S. T. a C. WILLIAMS. Human factors and ergonomics in practice: improving system performance and human well-being in the real world.. Boca Raton: CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. ISBN 978-1472439253.

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