Adventure Based Learning for Outdoor Environments

Unit code: SOL1003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


In this unit students will integrate experiential learning theories, models and concepts with the skills of adventure programming, to deliver engaging adventure based sessions. The differences between varied adventure based learning environments will be discussed. Students will investigate how adventure programming can be provided to a diverse range of users in both natural and built environments. As well, students will develop an appreciation of the physical, mental and social benefits of these activities.

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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the range of theories and concepts utilised in adventure based learning and adventure programming;
  2. Develop adventure based learning programs for a diverse range of user groups and natural environments;
  3. Demonstrate adventure based learning theoretical and technical skills to deliver adventure based learning programs; and,
  4. Apply strategies to safely manage and lead groups in adventure based learning programs & challenge ropes courses.


For Melbourne campuses

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: Report
Grade: 20%
Adventure Based Learning Theories
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Develop an Adventure Based Program
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 30%
Field teaching 1 Practical Skills & Knowledge
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 30%
Field teaching 2 Practical Skills & Knowledge

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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