Modiwl JXH-3039:
Environmental Physiology

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

10 Credyd neu 5 Credyd ECTS

Semester 1

Trefnydd: Dr Sam Oliver

Amcanion cyffredinol

Performing under environmental stress, such as high mountains and hot deserts, is common for many people including athletes, explorers, and the armed and emergency services. During this course, you will learn and experience first-hand (during practicals completed in our state-of the-art environmental chambers), how the human body responds to these extreme environments. Based on their experiences working with sports and industry (e.g., Sport Wales, the Army, Outlook Expeditions, Blizzard Survival), the course leaders will also share recommendations for practical strategies to help optimise performance and health of those working in extreme environments. Application of these strategies will help aid your own and others performance, health, and safeguarding when in an extreme environment.

Cynnwys cwrs

Delivered by members of the Extremes Research Group ( ), you will develop in lectures and practical sessions, understanding of how extreme environments effect resting and exercising physiological responses, exercise performance, illness and injury. The course will focus particularly on how the human body adapts to extreme environments (hot, cold, altitude); the limitations to exercise in hot, cold and hypoxic environments; the relationship between extreme environments the immune system, illness and injury; strategies and methods to optimise health and performance in extreme environments; together with upskilling you on how to prepare a concise written report.

Meini Prawf


Adequate response to the task brief. Knowledge of key areas and principles in chosen topic area as presented during lectures only. Rationale for report content is ok. A basic understanding of the report content is shown. Statements are largely descriptive and occasionally referenced but rely upon secondary sources (reviews and books). No real development of arguments. Some errors in physiological understanding. The assessor can interpret content but communication, structure and formatting is weak (e.g. lacks structure and some non-scientific language and few grammatical errors).


A good response to the task brief. Reasonably comprehensive coverage and understanding of the topic and report content is shown. Good understanding of the material and evidence of independent thought that extends beyond lecture materials. A good rationale for report content. Statements are referenced with pertinent literature. Minor errors only in physiological understanding. Well organised and structured. Communication, structure and formatting are good (e.g. report is well-structured, findings from sources are clearly presented and interpreted correctly, a scientific style is evident, and there are very few typographical or grammatical errors).


An excellent response to the task brief. Comprehensive knowledge of chosen topic area and report content that extends beyond lecture material. Detailed understanding, as evidenced by good critical analysis, clarity of argument. Original thought and/or ideas are evident. An excellent rationale for the report content. Statements are well referenced with primary and up-to-date sources. No factual errors in physiological understanding. Communication and formatting are excellent (e.g. report is very well-structured, findings from sources are clearly presented and interpreted, formatting of report viva is very professional (almost perfect/perfect).

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Apply knowledge of the human body to examine how it adapts to extreme environments

  2. Appraise physiological responses to exercise in extreme environments.

  3. Compare and contrast methods to optimise exercise or health in extreme environments.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
Written assignment, including essay Written report

An individual scientific report that asks students to develop a practical solution for persons operating in an extreme environment. Exceeding or undershooting the word limit by >10% will result in a reduction of one categorical grade, e.g. A- to B+

ARHOLIAD Online-MCQ exam 1

Multiple choice question exam completed online that tests students knowledge on lecture content from the first half of the module.

ARHOLIAD Online-MCQ exam 2

Multiple choice question exam completed online that tests students knowledge on lecture content from the second half of the module.


Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Practical classes and workshops 4
Private study 74
Lecture 22

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach

Sgiliau pwnc penodol

  • research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
  • describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
  • apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
  • take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
  • develop justifiable and/or evidence-based interventions


Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr

There is no additional financial requirement for this module. All core texts are available in the library.

Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)

Rhestr ddarllen

o Armstrong, L.E. (2000). Performing in Extreme Environments. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics.# o West, J.B., Schoene, R.B., Luks, A.M. & Milledge, J.S. (2013). High Altitude Medicine & Physiology, 5th edition. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. # o Wilber R. (2004). Altitude training and athletic performance. Human Kinetics. o Armstrong, L.E. (2003). Exertional Heat Illnesses. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics. o Gleeson, M., Bishop, N.C. and Walsh, N.P. (2013). Exercise Immunology. London: Routledge. Short loan in Library; # ebook searchable from Library catalogue

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