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Human Reliability

Module MW2131

This Module is offered by Chair of Ergonomics (Prof. Bengler).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2014

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2015SS 2014

Basic Information

MW2131 is a semester module in German language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This module description is valid from SS 2014 to WS 2019/20.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


In socio-technical systems humans are a frequent assumed source of errors, described as human error as a term for deviations from a target value up to desasters. This lecutre explains the relationship between the human factor and technical reliability.
After that models explaining and classifying human performance and errors are discussed and applied in case studies. These models are a necessary element für resilient system design. All models and methods are supported by given examples from the automotive and aviation domain.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the module students are able to
- analyze mechanisms of human behavior and to apply these in the context of reliability estimation
- analyze and evaluate human errors and match them to models given by literature
- analyze risk and evaluate mitigation strategies
- apply design rules and guidelines for resilient system design


A former visit of the lectures "Ergonomics" is recommended

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a lecture and an exercise. The lecture is based on a presentation in which the theoretical basics of human reliability are explained. Students should learn to analyze mechanisms of human behavior and apply them in the context of reliability estimation. In the exercise, case studies and calculation examples are worked on and discussed together. The students should learn to classify human errors and to apply the models given in the literature, to analyze risks and evaluate strategies for risk reduction, and to apply design rules and guidelines for the design of robust systems. For independent study we recommend the given literature.


powerpoint presentations, literature in a library with free access


Bubb, Heiner; Albers, Stephan (1992): Menschliche Zuverlässigkeit. Definitionen, Zusammenhänge, Bewertung. 1. Aufl. Landsberg/Lech: ecomed.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The learning outcomes are assessed in a written examination (90 minutes). The only additional resource allowed is a non-programmable calculator. In the examination, calculation methods must be applied, given case studies analyzed and design approaches evaluated. Students should demonstrate, that they can analyze mechanisms of human behavior and apply them in the context of reliability estimation, as well as apply design rules and guidelines for the design of robust systems.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Human Reliability
re-examination from summer semester
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