This unit provides students with place based knowledge, ecology and environment specific understanding of land management and usage in central and southern Victoria. Mountain biking and cycle touring will be used as platforms to explore track and trail design and use development. Factors such as erosion and soil type specific to location and activity as well as human interaction with environments will be considered. Students will develop the knowledge and skill to live, travel, and lead safe multi day journeys in mountain environments. Students will develop an appreciation of the physical, mental and social demands and benefits of using adventure based activities to inquire into natural environments. 

Off campus field laboratories in this unit may require a levy for incidental fees for accommodation, transport and camping.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
SOL2003

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Report on land management strategies specifically relevant to the places visited in the unit of study;  
  2. Exhibit the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to live, travel, and lead safely in the specific natural environment;  
  3. Manage a session of Mountain biking/cycle touring that incorporates a presentation of land management, and environmental and ecological impacts responding to specific place based knowledge; and,  
  4. Adapt strategies to safely manage and lead groups in mountain environments.  

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
Assignment Report – land management, environment and ecological strategies specific to the natural environment 25%
Laboratory Work Mountain environment technical, interpretive and leading skills (Simulations) 50%
Assignment Logbook (reflective logbook) 25%

Required reading

Mountain Biking : Skills, Techniques, Training
McKnight, J. (2014)
Ramsbury : Crowood

International Mountain Biking Association, (2017). Trail solutions - IMBA's guide to building sweet singletrack, IMBA, California

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