This unit provides students with knowledge and theory concerning risk management for individuals and groups in natural environments. Students will consider the natural environment and context specific development and interpretation of appropriate organisational policy, law, legal liability, industry accreditation and certification. Risk management theory will be applied to the development of professional ethics in this context.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Scrutinise industry standard risk management processes for Natural Environments;  
  2. Substantiate professional knowledge surrounding risk, duty of care and legal liability;  
  3. Develop risk management plans to provide for the safety and well-being of individuals and groups in natural environments; and,  
  4. Analyse industry applicable scenarios for risk and safety application for specific user groups.  


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 Description Grade
Test Online test - Risk, Duty of Care, Legal liability 15%
Report Industry Standards Report 25%
Case Study Hazard Identification Risk Assessment Case Study 20%
Report Report on Industry Applicable Risk Management Scenarios 40%

Required reading

Risk Management in the Outdoors: A whole of organisation approach for education, sport and recreation.
Dickson, T. J., & Gray, T. L., (2012)
Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom

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

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