Preparing to Lead in Natural Environments

Unit code: SOL1004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


This unit introduces students to leadership in natural environments. This includes developing introductory skills in facilitating learning outcomes, developing small communities and conflict resolution. Students will engage in field experiences through which they can practice these skills as well as developing further critical thinking capabilities. Students will also consider future activity specialisations.
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. Assist with leadership of dependent groups in natural environments;
  2. Demonstrate the introductory knowledge and skill required to facilitate personal, social and environmental learning outcomes;
  3. Debate the value of various leadership approaches; and,
  4. Propose a future professional specialisation.


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: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Leadership review
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 30%
Field teaching 1 observation of professional leadership
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 30%
Field teaching 2 practical skills and knowledge
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 20%
Debate of situational leadership styles

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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