Courses & Units

Human Behaviour in Extreme Environments KHB701



Extreme environments are so named due to the unique challenges they pose to human performance compared to more routine environments. This 13-week online unit provides an introduction to factors influencing human performance in extreme environments including Polar Regions, Outer Space, Military Operations, Mining Operations, Refugee and Disaster sites. In this course students will examine how intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organisational factors influence the challenges posed by extreme environments and will be required to use this knowledge to design better support for people's performance. Guest speakers who have worked in extreme environments will also share their experiences allowing for integration between theory and practice. This unit would be of benefit to students wishing to develop skills in enhancing human performance in extreme environments, as well as those who intend to work in extreme environments.


Unit name Human Behaviour in Extreme Environments
Unit code KHB701
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Psychology
Teaching staff

Dr Kimberley Norris

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,445.00 090701

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Teaching Pattern

Fully online. All lecture and tutorial material will be available through the MyLO learning platform.


Applied activities (e.g., case analysis, case study, evidence-based brochure) relating to lecture content totalling 2000 words (50%), Occupational assessment report relevant to student's discipline of study/work 1500 words (25%), Intervention plan relevant to student's discipline of study/work 2000 (25%)

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