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: 2016-05-12

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


The general aim of the course is to provide basic and in-depth 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

- demonstrate a deeper insight in the risks associated with exposure to extreme environments in working life, outdoor life, adventure tourism and extreme sports;

- show understanding of the physical environment and its effects on health, work capacity, comfort and living conditions;

- have understanding of human capacities and limitations to adapt to extreme environments, e.g. heat, cold, cold water, fire, high altitude.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

- validate the relevance and accuracy of different assessment methods and show ability to choose strategies to reduce or eliminate the effects, e.g. through behaviour, choice of clothing or protective equipment;

- use simulation models for describing the interaction between the human and environment;

- be prepared to apply measuring methods for assessment of the extreme environment effects on human.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

- independently and critically interpret information;

- reflect about his/her personal development and the need of further knowledge in the subject area.


The course provides knowledge and understanding within chosen topics related to human physiology and the influence of of the physical environment on human well-being, health and performance. The topics contain the following

The theorethical part of the course will be complemented by exercises/laborations, such as exposure to heavy work, cold and hot environments, and group/project work.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: A preparation for lectures is to create questions on the relevant articles and discuss these/find the answers in the beginning of the lectures. Laboratory exercises, project work and written examination lay as the basis for assessment. 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

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, then the course may be cancelled.