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.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
SOL2002

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.  

Assessment

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
Practicum Practical navigation skills and application of theory during field trips 20%
Test Written navigation and trip planning test 40%
Project Field Lab Planning Project 20%
Report Reflective report 20%

Required reading

The ways of the bushwalker: on foot in Australia,
Harper, M 2007,
UNSW Press.

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