Course Syllabus for

Human in Extreme Environments
Människan i extrema miljöer

MAMF35F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2020
Decided by: Åsa Håkansson
Date of establishment: 2019-11-13

General Information

Division: Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: MAMF35
Teaching language: English

Aim

The overall aim of the course is to provide knowledge about physiology and the effects of extreme Environments on human wellbeing, physiology, health and performance, as well as related prevention and protection.

Goals

Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must reflect on his/her personal development and the need of further knowledge in the subject area.

Course Contents

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 • Clothing and personal protective equipment • Methods for risk assessment and simulation • International standards.

Course Literature

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.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, project. The lectures include guest lectures. The supervision is given via a net-based educational platform. The theoretical part of the course is complemented by a small project work in group and three laboratory exercises: 1) maximal aerobic capacity (VO2max) 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 Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants. Examination includes three laboratory exercises, oral and written presentation of the project work in group, and an individual 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.
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner:

Admission Details

Admission requirements: The course is available to doctoral students within the doctoral education subjects Working Environment and Aerosol Technology and students expected to be accepted to these doctoral education subjects, as well as other doctoral students e.g. in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Health Sciences, Sports Sciences.
Selection criteria: Doctoral students within the doctoral education subjects Working Environment and Aerosol Technology and students expected to be accepted to these doctoral education subjects have priority. The admission of other doctoral students e.g. in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Health Sciences, Sports Sciences is subject to availability of places.

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2020-01-21. Start date is approximate.
Course pace: 25% of full time

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Chuansi Gao <chuansi.gao@design.lth.se>
Web page: http://www.eat.lth.se/termisk-miljoe/english/education/mamf35-and-tfrc70-human-performance-in-extreme-environments/


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