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Unit Overview


This units explores factors that limit human performance (HP) and provides students with practical skills to design and implement safe, effective and motivating interventions to maximize adaptive responses. In the first module, content focuses on contemporary methods for quantifying fatigue and evidence-based recovery practice. The second module examines the acute and chronic responses to other adverse conditions (i.e., air pollution, sleep loss). Finally, the second module considers the human capacity to exercise in, tolerate, and adapt to, environmental stressors (i.e., heat, cold, hypoxia/altitude, hyperbaria) and their consequences on physiological and cognitive functions. This unit advances student's knowledge on limits to HP and solutions in the context of exercise, and how to preserve health by reducing the risk of injury and illness. By understanding how environmental conditions impact multiple physiological systems, students will be able to help HP service users to ensure they make good decisions in situations that are physically and mentally demanding.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) disseminate new knowledge about applied HP science effectively; (2) debate critically the major contemporary issues that affect the provision of HP support; (3) define, assess and understand fatigue in laboratory- and field-based settings; (4) enhance recovery by designing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based protocols; (5) demonstrate a systematic understanding of the psycho-physiological adaptations underpinning the effect of adverse conditions on HP; (6) evaluate the effect of the environment on an individual's ability to perform exercise and recover from it; (7) evaluate the merits and possible disadvantages of strategies commonly employed to mitigate environmental effects on HP; and (8) advise service users and stakeholders on the preparation necessary to boost HP in a range of challenging conditions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual reflective essay; (2) student presentation; and (3) end of semester online assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Olivier Girard
Unit rules
Enrolment in
73570 Master of Applied Human Performance Science
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.