Natural Environments 1

Unit code: SOL1001 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


This unit introduces students to outdoor education/recreation history, theory and practice. Students engage in field based learning to develop the skills and knowledge required to prepare, participate and assist in the delivery of outdoor education/recreation activities. On completion of the unit students will have a broad knowledge of outdoor education/recreation concepts as well as a practical understanding of the breadth of the industry in Australia.
Off campus field teaching in this unit may require a levy for incidental fees for accommodation, transport and camping.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply appropriate outdoor living and travel skills in difficult tracked bush environments, and grade 1 river environments;
  2. Relate concepts and theories of outdoor education/recreation to individual and group experiences;
  3. Collaborate to organise self and others in outdoor journey activities; and,
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and breadth of the outdoor education and recreation industry.


For Melbourne campuses

Due to risk management and professional/industry requirements to demonstrate knowledge and skill within both simulated and workplace environments, graded attendance and hurdle tasks apply to laboratory work and practicums.

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 20%
Completion of multiple choice questions relating to online content
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 30%
Field teaching 1 practical skills and knowledge
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 30%
Field teaching 2 practical skills and knowledge
Assessment type: Review
Grade: 20%
Written discussion - review of contextually specific resources and readings

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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