This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to navigate in controlled environments where there are significant landmarks.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - read and interpret maps; - follow instructions and procedures; - obtain navigation equipment; - plan a route or course; - communication skills to interact with group leader and other participants to maintain a positive and safe environment while navigating, and; - numeracy skills to navigate and calculate grid and magnetic bearings and distances using a map and compass.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislation and organisational policies and procedures to enable safe conduct of all activities; - different types of maps, and their advantages and disadvantages to enable appropriate map selection; - map features, including symbols, contour lines, scales, grid lines and legends to enable effective map reading; - features of a compass, their use and factors that affect compass accuracy; - route planning and factors that should be considered, such as weather and type of terrain, and; - navigation techniques in controlled environments to determine distance, location, direction and potential hazards.

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