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.

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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.  


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 Description Grade
Exercise Completion of multiple choice questions relating to online content 20%
Practicum Field teaching 1 practical skills and knowledge 30%
Practicum Field teaching 2 practical skills and knowledge 30%
Review Written discussion - review of contextually specific resources and readings 20%
All unit field practicums are Hurdle Tasks that must be completed in full to pass the unit. Any failure to complete practicums due to ill health, injury or crisis will require that the practicum be made up in a subsequent delivery.

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