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FHL3004 Environmental Physiology II, Human Experiments Using Centrifuge and Pressure Chambers 7.5 credits

The comprehensive aim of the course is to provide the participants with practical knowledge regarding how to perform experiments on humans in environmental physiology with special emphasis on the use of human centrifuges and pressure chambers.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FHL3004 (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

The course consists of lectures, seminars, demonstrations and practical exercises, during which the student will learn:

  • How to prepare human experiments in the centrifuge, pressure and climatic chambers and in the immersion tank, as regards ethical considerations, medical risks vis-a-vis health requirments for participants.
  • How to conduct experiments in the afore mentioned research facilities, particularly concerning safety aspects and medical surveillance of participants.
  • How to handle mock accidents in the aforementioned research facilities.

Course contents

  • Ethical considerations in connection with human experimentation in extreme environments.
  • Medical requirements/health check-ups necessary for individuals who shall participate as experimental subjects/assistants in experiments in extreme environments 
  • Biophysical measuring techniques and practical problems with data collection during experiments in centrifuges, pressure chambers, and immersion facilities.

Intended learning outcomes

The student shall, after having completed the course, have knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Writing a mock application to research ethics committee regarding experiments in either human centrifuge or pressure chamber.
  • To run an experiment in centrifuge, hyperbaric pressure chamber, and altitude chamber in accordance with valid check lists and current routines
  • To handle mock accidents in human centrifuge, hyperbaric chamber, and altitude chamber
  • To handle the special measuring situations that occurs with human experiments in centrifuges, hyperbaric chambers, and altitude chambers, and during immersions

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Graduate student has completed the course "Environmental Physiology I, basic theoretical course".

Recommended prerequisites

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Promemorier rörande risker och hälsokrav vid centrifug- och tryckkammarexponeringar / memorandums concerning risks and health requirments during exposures in centrifuge and pressure chambers.

Exempel på forskningsetikansökningar / examples of ethics applications 

Checklistor för centrifug, undertryckskammare och övertryckskammare / check lists for the centrifuge, hypo-and hyperbaric chambers.

Nödchecklistor för ovannämnda anläggningar/ emergency check lists for the aforementioned facilities

Manualer för mät- och övervakningsutrustning / manuals 

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • XUPP - Degree project, 4.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Professor Ola Eiken, Docent Mikael Gennser, Docent Mikael Grönkvist, Docent Arne Tribukait

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems