This unit aims to increase students understanding of lower catchment geomorphology, river health, macro invertebrates, and catchment management within the unique lower river environments of the Murray-Darling basin. Students will develop the knowledge and skill to live, travel, and lead safe multi day journeys on rivers and lakes. As well, students will develop an appreciation of the physical, mental and social demands and benefits of these activities. Off campus field classes in this unit may require a levy for incidental fees for accommodation, transport and camping.

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SOL1001 - Natural Environments 1 and

SOL1002 - Safety in Natural Environments

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate lower catchment geomorphology, river health, macro invertebrates, and catchment management specifically relevant to the Murray-Darling basin visited in the unit of study;  
  2. Exhibit the unique theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to live, travel, and lead safely in remote lower catchment river environments;  
  3. Facilitate the skills of canoeing whilst integrating a place based approach to environmental and cultural interpretation relevant to the location; and  
  4. Apply strategies to safely manage and lead groups in lower catchment river 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 classes.
Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Environment presentation 15%
Practicum Field teaching - technical assessment 40%
Practicum Field teaching - facilitation assessment (simulations) 35%
Assignment Logbook (knowledge and skills analysis) 10%

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