ENCI657-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Special Topic

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Special Topic

ENCI657: Habitation Systems for Extreme Environments

This is a post graduate course which provides an overview on some of the fundamental requirements for establishing and maintaining habitats in extreme environments. The extreme environments can range from long term submersibles through to Antarctic settlements and even Martian habitats.

Topics will include: life support systems; fundamentals of ecosystem services; overview of human adaptation to extreme environments; development of technological life support systems; outpost establishment; use of alternative materials for construction; planetary and space fundamentals.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable Note

This course will use a number of different delivery methods including traditional face to face lectures and tutorials, online material, self-directed learning, group discussions, research project and a design project.

Course Content
The content of the course is outlined as follows:

Day 1
Fundamental concepts of planetary habitability
Ecosystem services
Human adaptation to Earth’s environments

Day 2
Technological life support systems
Tutorial – habitability and life support systems
Research Report – Identification of research topics

Day 3: Field trip (details to follow)

Day 4: Requirements for pioneering and outpost establishment
Materials for construction
Concepts for design of structures

Day 5: Space habitats and material requirements
Fundamentals of the solar system
Space and material transport
Martian materials
Habitat construction
Tutorial – Mars outpost development

Course Coordinator

Allan Scott


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Research project 40%
Assignment 10%
Take home exam/design project 50%

The assessment for this paper will comprise three components: a research project based on the first block, an assignment on establishing pioneering outposts, and a take home exam/design project.

- All assignments are to be done individually unless otherwise stated.

- This course follows all departmental policies and procedures as stated in the Undergraduate Handbook and as modified this course outline. Please refer to the 2020 CNRE Undergraduate Handbook for all policies and procedures not explicitly listed here, including (but not limited to) the assignment of grades, missed coursework and appeals, use of calculators on tests and exams, special considerations/aegrotats, professional conduct, dishonest practice and plagiarism, and use of CNRE computing facilities.

Textbooks / Resources

Class notes and reference material will be supplied.

Additional Course Outline Information

Student feedback

We will seek feedback from you for this course on its success, or areas where improvement is needed. This feedback is very important, both for us and the department, as we try to evaluate and improve this course.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

All ENCI657 Occurrences

  • ENCI657-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021