Study plan

Extreme Environments

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Programme description

The course covers the following areas:

Homeostasis mechanisms of body temperature regulation and the acute physiological responses upon exposure to a particular environment.

Physiological assessment of the acute responses. Exercise and performance in cold environments

Acclimatisation of the body in response to repeated exposure to a particular environment and the consequences of the failure of the homeostasis mechanisms in these environments. 

Skills such as ice climbing; igloo building and various survival techniques will be undertaken

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Teaching sessions

Note:Compulsory participation on location in Norway in March only.

Time schedule:

January and February: Preparation on location of choice.

March: Compulsory participation on hiking-tours etc. in Bodø, Norway. The students are required to have arrived in Bodø no later than March 1. The students can travel back to their home university March 26.

April: Individual work on location of choice.

Learning outcomes


To provide a field based experience of the human physiological responses to exercise in selected environmental conditions.

Skills and strategies that might be employed to mitigate the effects of the environment will also be considered. The module will provide students with the skills required to advise individuals on the preparation necessary to perform physical activity in these environments.


Learning Outcomes

Discuss human physiological responses to acute and chronic exposure to cold (air and water) environments.

Evaluate the effect that different environments have on the body's response to adapt and perform.

Use a variety of physiological measurement techniques to measure the environmental effect on performance in extreme conditions and demonstrate skills that might mitigate such effects.

Admission requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

English language proficiency

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No tuition fees except semester registration fee and course literature. In addition, the student needs to cover for personal equipment for outdoor activities.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

If the applicant does not fulfill the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification but has experience-based competence relevant to the field of study, he or she may apply for recognition of this competence in order to fulfill the admission.



General arrangements for recognition of prior learning

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Work can also be assessed as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved".

Refer to applicable legislation, rules and regulations

Assessment methods

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Graduation requirements

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Programme evaluation

The programme is evaluated via student questionnaire, as well as by the programme coordinator. The evaluations form a part of the university's quality assurance system.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

ECTS Credits 20 Study level Half-year programme and shorter Teaching language
The Faculty of Education and Arts
Course location Bodø