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Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course MAMF35F valid from Autumn 2020

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  • Provide knowledge about the effects environmental extremes on human wellbeing, physiology, health and performance, and related prevention and protection.
  • The course provides knowledge and understanding within chosen topics related to human physiology and the influence of the physical environment on human well-being, health and performance. The topics contain the following
    • Introduction to exposure to extreme environments, and limits of human capacity
    • Physical work capacity and human performance
    • Human heat balance and heat exchange with the environment
    • Hot environment
    • Cold environment
    • Exposure to fire and toxic environment
    • Cold water and diving
    • High altitude and hypoxic environment
    • Space environment
    • Survival
    • Preventive and protective measures
    • Methods for risk assessment and simulation
    • International standards
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to describe the risks associated with human exposure to extreme environments in working life, outdoor life, adventure tourism and extreme sports
    be able to describe the effects of the physical environment on health, work capacity, comfort and performance
    be able to describe the human physical capacities and limitations to adapt to extreme environments, e.g. heat, cold, cold water, fire, high altitude, space
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • can use different assessment methods, criteria and show ability to choose strategies to reduce or eliminate the effects, e.g. through prevention, choice of protective equipment
    can use simulation models to describe the interaction between human and the environment, to evaluate the effects and provide advice on protection
    can apply measurement relevant methods for the assessment of the extreme environment effects on human
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • independently and critically interpret scientific literature and its relevance in the subject area
    reflect on his/her personal development and the need of further knowledge in the subject area
    be able to assess risks in the extreme environments and recommend protection
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Project
  • The lectures include lectures and guest lectures. The supervision is given via a net-based educational platform. The theoretical part of the course is complemented by group mini project work and three laboratory exercises: 1) aerobic capacity (VO2) test, 2) exercise in a hot environment, 3) exercise in a cold environment.
    Attendance is compulsory for the lectures, guest lectures, group works and laboratory exercises.
Examination Formats
  • Written exam
  • Written report
  • Written assignments
  • Seminars given by participants
  • Examination includes group reports of laboratory exercises, group mini project report and presentation, and written examination.
    The examination, after consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
  • The course is available to doctoral students associated with the doctoral education subjects Work Environment/Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology. The admission of other doctoral students e.g. in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Health Sciences, Sports Sciences is subject to availability of places.
  • Prevent: Personlig skyddsutrustning. Prevent, Stockholm, Sverige, 2008, ISBN: 978-91-7365-027-4. ---
    Holmér, I.: Human performance in extreme environments. Kompendium, Lund University. 2009. Compendium. ---
    Åstrand, P-O., Rohdahl, K., Dahl, H., Strömme, S.: Textbook of work physiology: Physiological bases of exercise. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2003, ISBN: 0-7360-0140-9. Recommended complementary reading. ---
    Auerbach P.S.: Wilderness medicine. Mosby, Elsevier, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-323-03228-5. Recommended complementary reading. ---
    Gunga H.-C.: Human Physiology in Extreme Environments. Elsevier, 2015, ISBN: 978-0-12-386947-0. Recommended complementary reading. ---
    Selection of published articles. Selected scientific papers on specific lecture topics.
Further Information
Course code
  • MAMF35F
Administrative Information
  • 2022-08-29
  • Åsa Håkansson

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