This unit aims to increase students understanding of geology, geomorphology, and Koori culture within the unique rock environments of Gariwerd, Mt Arapiles, Tooan and region. Students will develop the knowledge and skill to live, travel, and lead a day journey in rock environments. As well, students will develop an appreciation of the physical, mental and social demands and benefits of these activities.

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

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Interpret knowledge on geology, geomorphology, Koori culture, and land management specifically relevant to the places visited in the unit of study;  
  2. Exhibit the theoretical knowledge and technical skills required to live, travel, and lead safely in rock environments;  
  3. Manage a session of rock climbing that incorporates an integrated presentation of geology, geomorphology, Koori cultural, and land management, specifically relevant to the location; and,  
  4. Adapt strategies to safely manage and lead groups in rock 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 laboratory work and practicums.
Assessment type Description Grade
Report Environment Research Report (group work) 20%
Journal Guides Logbook 10%
Test Practical Test - Field Based Application of Skill and Knowledge 50%
Test Online Quiz 20%

Required reading

Rock Climbing : The AMGA Single Pitch Manual
Gaines, B., & Martin, J. D. (2014)
Guilford : Falcon Guides

Arapiles : A Million Mountains
Lockwood, K. (2007)
Natimuk, Vic. : Skink Press

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