SCH-23306 Health Issues in Daily Life; a Bèta-Gamma Approach

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture15
Practical6
Group work9
Excursion (one day)4
Course coordinator(s)ir. CAA Butijn
Lecturer(s)ir. CAA Butijn
dr. JJ Mandemakers
dr. ir. MW den Besten
Examiner(s)ir. CAA Butijn

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Assumed knowledge on:

YSS-20306 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Techniques in the Social Sciences.

Continuation courses:

Extended Essay; Thesis Consumer Technology and Product Use at SCH.

Contents:

This course focuses on technological and societal developments in the field of consumption and product use, which can be of influence to health and well-being of individuals.
Factors in both the micro and macro surroundings of individuals in their daily life that can have a detrimental effect on health, will be studied: determinants of exposure, risk and risk perception and groups at risk. Examples of themes in this field: noise, chemical substances, hygiene, food.
Another field of interest will be related to physical activities: back problems, RSI and accidents.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- interpret some aspects of exposure to physical factors of the living environment which have a direct or indirect effect on the health and well-being of consumers;
a. students understand the importance of exposure to health from a user's perspective;
b. students understand some of the relations between activities in daily life and exposure.
- distinguish exposure mechanisms which play a role in the physical living environment. Students are able to distinguish beta and gamma aspects of exposure;
- analyse and appraise a research on health in relation to exposure to the physical environment in terms of beta and gamma aspects and their interaction.

Activities:

- following lectures;
- work on research project with a group of fellow students.

Examination:

- written exam with open questions (30%);
- report (70%).
The written exam needs a minimum mark of 5.0 and the report of 5.50 to pass.

Literature:

A reader will be available at the start of the course.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc5AF