This unit aims to increase students understanding of different ways of being a leader in the outdoors and how this directly connects to program and participant outcomes. Throughout the unit students engage with alpine and winter mountain environments. Through these engagements leadership knowledge, skill, and attributes are developed with particular focus on group management for safe participation, judgment, affective skills, and self-awareness. The developing leader is empowered to engage with outdoor leadership discourse and to prepare an ongoing outdoor leadership development plan   . 

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. Apply outdoor leadership safety theory in analysing and solving complex human centred problems;  
  2. Interrogate varying ways of being an outdoor leader and develop strategies for effective leadership and teaching;  
  3. Adapt theories of group management and dynamics to the outdoor environment to maximise engagement and solve complex human centred problems;  
  4. Recognise and apply a range of leadership approaches; and,  
  5. Identify and appraise the developing leaders identity, personal strengths and weaknesses in relation to outdoor leadership with responsibility and accountability.  


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
Exercise Online Module - Winter Mountain Environments Safety Preparation 20%
Practicum Practicum A - Practical skills and field work (WIL equiv) 30%
Practicum Practicum B - Practical skills and field work (WIL equiv) 30%
Assignment Written assignments – Personal reflection and development plan 20%

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