342-0389/07 – Human Performance and Limitations (LVaO)

Gurantor departmentInstitute of TransportCredits4
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Vladimír Smrž, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Vladimír Smrž, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2002/2003Year of cancellation2012/2013
Intended for the facultiesFSIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
SMR46 doc. Ing. Vladimír Smrž, Ph.D.
ZRU01 MUDr. Zdeněk Zrubek
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Graded credit 3+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to achieve in students the competencies needed for orientation in the issue of human performance and its limitations in the operation of aviation systems. Aviation systems are among the risk systems where even a small human factor failure can result in large loss of life, health or property, and the probability of a human factor failure today is much higher than a potential technology failure. Completion of this course is also part of the theoretical training to obtain the relevant aviation qualifications.

Teaching methods



The course Human Performance and Limitations is designed primarily to help students understand the role of man in a man-made system. It consists not only of the technological part (technical factor), but also of the people who design, operate and maintain the system (human and organizational factor). After a long period of development of man-made systems, in the event of their failure, only the reliability (safety) of technologies was addressed, while human performance and reliability were addressed only marginally. This course will enable students to understand the importance of the impact of human performance and reliability on the efficiency and especially the safety of man-made systems, where direct failure of the human factor currently contributes to the causes of failure of the entire system (incidents, accidents) in circa 75%. As part of the study of this course, students will gain knowledge about important aspects of human performance and reliability in aircraft operations, the main sources of this failure and especially measures that can permanently reduce the risk of human failure to an acceptable level due to the expected consequences.

Compulsory literature:

HAWKINS, Frank H. Human factors in flight. Brookfield, Vt., U.S.A.: Gower Pub. Co., c1987. ISBN 0291397395. WISE, John A., V. David HOPKIN a Daniel J. GARLAND. Handbook of aviation human factors. 2nd ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press, c2010. Human factors in transportation. ISBN 0805859063.

Recommended literature:

REASON J.: Human Error. Cambridge University Press, New York, USA, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-521-31419-0

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements



Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

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Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 1960/1961 Summer semester, validity until: 2012/2013 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
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Min. number of points
Graded exercises evaluation Graded credit 100 (100) 0
        Other task type Other task type 100  0
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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2009/2010 (B3712) Air Transport Technology (3708R037) Aircraft Operation Technology P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2008/2009 (B3712) Air Transport Technology (3708R037) Aircraft Operation Technology P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2007/2008 (B2341) Engineering (3708R028) Transport Technology (60) P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan

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