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ENCI657: Habitation Systems for Extreme EnvironmentsThis 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.
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 ContentThe content of the course is outlined as follows:Day 1Fundamental concepts of planetary habitabilityEcosystem servicesHuman adaptation to Earth’s environmentsDay 2Technological life support systemsTutorial – habitability and life support systemsResearch Report – Identification of research topicsDay 3: Field trip (details to follow)Day 4: Requirements for pioneering and outpost establishment Materials for constructionConcepts for design of structuresTutorialDay 5: Space habitats and material requirementsFundamentals of the solar systemSpace and material transportMartian materialsHabitat construction Tutorial – Mars outpost development
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.
Class notes and reference material will be supplied.
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.
Domestic fee $1,114.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.