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SSEH5026 Exploring the Limits of Human Performance

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73570 Master of Applied Human Performance Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
TBD
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