Safety in Natural Environments

    Unit code: SOL1002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park


    This unit focuses on the safe conduct of outdoor education/recreation experiences for individuals and groups. Students will develop skills to identify and assess potential risks for dependant groups, and implement safe practice in various outdoor activities and environments. They will gain an understanding of legal and organisational policy which governs safe outdoor industry practice in Australia, as well as practice incident response skills in remote or wilderness 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 safe practice of outdoor education/recreation activities;
    2. Identify and assess potential risks to individuals and groups in a range of outdoor activities;
    3. Enact effective responses to varied incidents in remote areas; and,
    4. Collate and respond to legal and organisational policy on safe outdoor education/recreation practice.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 20%
    Completion of multiple choice questions relating to online content
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 20%
    Incident scenario evaluation and response
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 30%
    Field teaching 1 practical skills and knowledge
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 30%
    Field teaching 2 practical skills and knowledge

    Required reading

    Freedom of the Hills
    Linxweiler, E & Maude, M, 2017| Mountaineers Books, Seattle, Washington

    As part of a course

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