Mountain Environments

    Unit code: SOL2003 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    SOL1001 - Natural Environments 1 and
    SOL1002 - Safety in Natural Environments
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit provides students with place based knowledge, ecology and environment specific understanding of land management and usage in central and southern Victoria. Mountain biking and cycle touring will be used as platforms to explore track and trail design and use development. Factors such as erosion and soil type specific to location and activity as well as human interaction with environments will be considered. Students will develop the knowledge and skill to live, travel, and lead safe multi day journeys in mountain environments. Students will develop an appreciation of the physical, mental and social demands and benefits of using adventure based activities to inquire into natural environments. 

    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. Demonstrate knowledge of land management strategies specifically relevant to the places visited in the unit of study;
    2. Exhibit the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to live, travel, and lead safely in the specific natural environment;
    3. Manage a session of mountain biking/cycle touring that incorporates a presentation of land management, and environmental and ecological impacts responding to specific place based knowledge; and,
    4. Adapt strategies to safely manage and lead groups in mountain environments.


    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 field teaching work and practicums.

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 10%
    Foundational knowledge quiz
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 50%
    Field teaching - mountain environment technical, interpretive and leading skills (Simulations)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 10%
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 30%
    Enquiry Report – land management, environment and ecological strategies specific to the natural environment

    Required reading

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

    As part of a course

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