In this unit students will consolidate their foundational knowledge and outdoor living and travel skills through an extended field lab in a remote natural environment. This field lab will provide them with an opportunity to inquire into the local environment and ecology and demonstrate their introductory outdoor leadership skills. Theoretical and practical work in this unit will foster further development of judgement and decision making skills, personal and group development and management and care for the environment. Indigenous ways of knowing and indigenous pedagogy will be explored. Off campus field laboratories in this unit may require a levy for incidental fees for accommodation, transport and camping. Please note: this unit will be delivered during the summer semester due to environmental constraints.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Distinguish the specific equipment and food planning requirements for the environment of travel;  
  2. Review place based indigenous history and ways of knowing relative to the natural environment of travel;  
  3. Substantiate knowledge of flora and fauna in the natural environment of travel; and,  
  4. Demonstrate the required skills and techniques to manage personal well-being and safety in remote natural environments.  


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
Assignment Menu and Equipment Plan 15%
Assignment Written assignment (Place based indigenous environmental investigation) 20%
Test Environment Specific Flora and Fauna 15%
Laboratory Work Log Book and Reflective Journal 50%

Required reading

Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming.
Priest, S., & Gass, M. A. (2018)
Champaign, Illinois : Human Kinetics, [2018]

Australian Alps: Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National Parks
Slattery, D. (2015)

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