This unit complies with industry standards and requirements as established by the Australian Adventure Activity Standards administered by the industry peak body Outdoors Victoria. In this unit students will develop and apply leadership skills developed in other core and major units to extended outdoor expeditions. There will be a focus on the theory and practice of expeditioning. Comprehensive risk management planning and implementation will be a feature of the studies. The relevance of expeditioning as an educational and recreational activity will be investigated with particular reference to the development of self-confidence and basic social skills such as trust. The unit will allow students to explore leadership and group management theories and understandings experientially. An extended expedition is considered to be a minimum of eight days in duration.

Students will be required to pay field lab fees within this unit.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualise the theories and purposes of expeditions;  
  2. Exhibit planning and leadership skills for an expedition in a field based setting;  
  3. Collect and analyse data in relation to expedition experiences, current theory and literature; and  
  4. Evaluate the outcomes of the expedition analysing decisions made, drawing on theory and utilising critical thinking skills to refine leadership skills.  


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
Laboratory Work Lab 1 Requirements 30%
Essay Auto Ethnographic Essay 40%
Laboratory Work Lab 2 Requirements 30%

Required reading

NOLS Expedition Planning:
Anderson, D., & Absolon, M. (2014)
Stackpole Books

Understanding educational expeditions:
Beames, S. (2010).
Sense Publishers.

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