Working Capacity
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Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Working Capacity
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lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
Kristjan Port (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To develop a systematic understanding of the human capacity for work in the context of the physical and mental well-being and taking into consideration the contemporary expectations on the work performance as well as for the changing social, technical and natural environment.
Brief description of the course
The course will cover the following topics:
Evolution, performance and working capacity
- Modern environment and maladaptation
- Trends of demands on working capacity and novel ways of work
Mechanisms and structure of working capacity
- Emergent properties of a complex adaptive system
- Physical performance
- Mental performance
- Opportunities for synthesis of biological and technological capacities
Measurement of working capacity
Changes in working capacity
- Stress, eustress, distress
- Adaptation
- Biological mechanisms of adaptation
- Technological adaptation
- Virtual and technical environment
- Modulators of adapdation
- Unadaptedness
- Functional overexertion
- Non-functional overexertion
- Overload syndrome
Environmental impact on work performance
- Training and work
- Social and cultural environment
- Forms of work organization
- Role of natural environment
Current trends in policies regarding work
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- is familiar with the theory of human working capacity and related topics, and is able to construct an independent, field specific reasoned position on the challenges as well as of methods of study and expected outcomes.
Kristjan Port