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Unit description

Introduces students to outdoor education and adventure management as a personal development activity. The unit is presented in two parts, theoretical and practical. The theory component will be delivered during University based tutorials and in the field, while the practical component will be delivered during field trips. The focus of the unit is two-fold: to investigate how outdoor education activities and settings can enable the development of personal skills and personal development; and, to enable the students to participate in a range of outdoor pursuits and to develop personal both hard and soft outdoor education and management skills.

Unit content

  • Basic map reading and navigation with map and compass, within a wilderness setting.
  • Equipment, food, basic camp craft, first aid, minimal impact principles.
  • Planning and implementing an outdoor education activity, including within a wilderness setting.
  • Safety and risk management in outdoor activities.
  • Leadership, group dynamics and experiential learning.
  • Ethics in outdoor education. Standards/legal issues in outdoor education

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour
Tutorial on-site 2 hours
Field work
Class test50%
Plan for field tripSR
Critical review40%
Field trip reflections5%
Alternative Assessments5%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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