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Table 2 Coding example for university and higher education teachers (ISCO-08 code 2310)

From: Attaching metabolic expenditures to standard occupational classification systems: perspectives from time-use research

Job-specific tasks from the ISCO-8 job classification document Task abbreviations Compendium code and label MET value
(a) designing and modifying curricula and preparing courses of study in accordance with requirements Designing curriculum, lessons and activities 9060 ‘sitting, studying, general, including reading and/or writing, light effort’ 1.3
(b) preparing and delivering lectures and conducting tutorials, seminars and laboratory experiments Delivering lectures 11,791 ‘walking on job, less than 2.0 mph, very slow speed, in office or lab area’ 2
(c) stimulating discussion and independent thought among students Stimulating discussion 11,791 ‘walking on job, less than 2.0 mph, very slow speed, in office or lab area’ 2
(d) supervising, where appropriate, experimental and practical work undertaken by students Supervising of students, staff and colleagues 11,791 ‘walking on job, less than 2.0 mph, very slow speed, in office or lab area’ 2
(e) administering, evaluating and marking examination papers and tests Marking papers and tests 9040 ‘sitting, writing, desk work, typing’ 1.3
(f) directing research of post-graduate students or other members of department Directing and participating in research 11,585 ‘sitting meetings, light effort, general, and/or with talking involved’ 1.5
(g) researching into and developing concepts, theories and operational methods for application in industrial and other fields Desk based research 9040 ‘sitting, writing, desk work, typing’ 1.3
(h) preparing scholarly books, papers or articles Preparing papers 9040 ‘sitting, writing, desk work, typing’ 1.3
(i) participating in departmental and faculty meetings and in conferences and seminars Meetings 11,585 ‘sitting meetings, light effort, general, and/or with talking involved’ 1.5
   MET value for ISCO code 2310 1.58
   Standard deviation 0.327