Natural Environments 1

    Unit code: SOL1001 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park


    This unit introduces students to outdoor education/recreation history, theory and practice. Students engage in field based learning to develop the skills and knowledge required to prepare, participate and assist in the delivery of outdoor education/recreation activities. On completion of the unit students will have a broad knowledge of outdoor education/recreation concepts as well as a practical understanding of the breadth of the industry in Australia.

    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. Apply appropriate outdoor living and travel skills in difficult tracked bush environments, and grade 1 river environments;
    2. Relate concepts and theories of outdoor education/recreation to individual and group experiences;
    3. Collaborate to organise self and others in outdoor journey activities; and,
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and breadth of the outdoor education and recreation industry.


    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: Exercise
    Grade: 20%
    Completion of multiple choice questions relating to online content
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 30%
    Field teaching 1 practical skills and knowledge
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 30%
    Field teaching 2 practical skills and knowledge
    Assessment type: Review
    Grade: 20%
    Written discussion - review of contextually specific resources and readings

    Required reading

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

    As part of a course

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