Rock Environments

    Unit code: SOL2005 | 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 aims to increase students understanding of geology, geomorphology, and Koori culture within the unique rock environments of Gariwerd, Mt Arapiles, Tooan and region. Students will develop the knowledge and skill to live, travel, and lead a day journey in rock environments. As well, students will develop an appreciation of the physical, mental and social demands and 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. Interpret knowledge on geology, geomorphology, Koori culture, and land management specifically relevant to the places visited in the unit of study;
    2. Exhibit the theoretical knowledge and technical skills required to live, travel, and lead safely in rock environments;
    3. Manage a session of rock climbing that incorporates an integrated presentation of geology, geomorphology, Koori cultural, and land management, specifically relevant to the location; and,
    4. Adapt strategies to safely manage and lead groups in rock 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 laboratory work and practicums.

    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 20%
    Environment Research Report (group work)
    Assessment type: Journal
    Grade: 10%
    Guides Logbook
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 50%
    Practical Test - Field Based Application of Skill and Knowledge
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Online Quiz

    Required reading

    Rock Climbing : The AMGA Single Pitch Manual
    Gaines, B., & Martin, J. D. (2014)| Guilford : Falcon Guides
    Arapiles : A Million Mountains
    Lockwood, K. (2007)| Natimuk, Vic. : Skink Press

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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