Bush Environments

Unit code: SOL2002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
SOL1001 - Natural Environments 1 and
SOL1002 - Safety in Natural Environments
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit complies with industry standards and requirements as established by the Adventure Activity Standards and administered by Outdoors Victoria. Students develop lightweight camping skills, planning and logistics, facilitation and leadership skills to participate in and conduct day and extended overnight bushwalks. They gain sound knowledge of the theories and modes of instruction of bushwalking and an understanding of the physical, psychological and social demands of bushwalking and lightweight camping. Caring for, and appreciation of, the bush environment through the utilisation of minimal impact practices and industry-accepted standards are emphasised.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Advise appropriate bushwalking equipment for different uses and contexts with wide ranging challenges;
  2. Evaluate and make evidence-based judgements on the application of bushwalking in an educational and recreational setting as appropriate to various client groups;
  3. Adapt navigational concepts and appropriate navigational practice in complex and unpredictable situations;
  4. Analyse and reflect on the historical, philosophical and environmental contexts of bushwalking in Australia and review current requirements related to the safety and well-being of individuals and groups; and
  5. Collaborate, plan and prepare an extended bushwalk with professional judgement and leadership utilising minimal environment impact practices to industry-accepted standards.


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 field teaching work and practicums.

Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 20%
Practical navigation skills and application of theory during field teaching
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 40%
Written navigation and trip planning test
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 20%
Field teaching planning project
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Reflective report

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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