Course syllabus

Människan i extrema miljöer
Humans in Extreme Environments

TFRC70, 7,5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for:
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2015-06-15

General Information

Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements.
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Provide basic knowledge about the effects on human wellbeing, health and performance associated with exposure to environmental extremes.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

- possess knowledge about problems and risks associated with exposure to extreme environments. in particular with respect to heavy physical work, thermal climate, diving, altitude, space and fire and polluted environments.

- understand the most important causes of the problems and risks associated with extreme environmental exposures

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

-be able to identify problems and risks associated with extreme environmental exposures

-be able to perform adequate measurements and compilation of data

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

-be able to assess the risk level associated exposure data

-be able to validate the relevance and accuracy of different assessment methods


- Introduction to environmental exposure

- Physical work and human performance

- Human heat balance and heat exchange with the environment

- Cold and hot environments

- Cold water and diving

- The space enviroment

- Exposure to fire and toxic environments

- Methods for risk assessment and simulation methods

- Preventive measures and personal protection

- National and international rules and regulations

- Exercises: exposure to heavy work, cold and hot environments

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: Laboratory exercises, project work and written examination. There are three labs in the course (that are to be reported). The project consists of a literature review within a specific area of extreme environments where the human capacity is tested. The project is done individually or in groups of max 3 persons. The size of the project report is 2-3 pages per student excluding title page and list of references. To get a passing grade on the project it is required sufficient depth within a specific topic, use of a wide selection of literature, oral presentation of the project as well as peer review and opposition on another project.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: TNM151

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Kalev Kuklane,
Course homepage:
Further information: If the number of course participants are less than 12 persons the course can be cancelled.