EXSC115 - Foundations of the Outdoor Experience


10 cp
Prerequisites Nil
Teaching Organisation 150 hours of focused learning.

Central to outdoor leadership is a firm understanding of the fundamental concepts and theories related to the range and application of outdoor pursuits; the environments utilised; and, the value of human interactions with the natural world for the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and society. This unit teaches students the historical and contemporary socio-ecological influences that play a role in outdoor adventure, recreation, therapeutic and educational experiences.

The unit aims to enhance student understanding of adventure based learning; group and team development; along with facilitation skills including the legal and inherent responsibilities of minimising risks for led-outdoor activities.

These foundations form part of the professional standards expected of outdoor practitioners, and are important for creating citizens who recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society. Students undertaking this unit design, implement and engage in practical outdoor pursuits in both urban and rural environments while beginning to reflect on the key competencies of outdoor leadership and professional practice.