Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr B Wattchow


Expeditionary learning considers the educational potential and significance of extended journeys in outdoor environments. It is made up of three interrelated phases of interdisciplinary inquiry and field experiences. The preparation phase examines the safe planning of a journey and includes preparatory research for various field studies to be conducted during the expedition. The action phase is the actual conduct of the expedition and data gathering for the field studies. The reflection phase includes an evaluation of the educational significance of the expedition and a final theoretical presentation of the field study. The unit includes 10 to 14 days of fieldwork.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to

  1. demonstrate the ability to safely plan and implement an extended journey in remote outdoor settings in a particular season ;
  2. demonstrate the ability to apply careful judgement in a chosen adventure activity and the ability to work effectively as a group member ;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the cultural heritage of wilderness environments and the expedition experience;
  4. demonstrate the ability to present a detailed theoretical investigation into an aspect of expeditionary learning;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of nature based environmental ethics and the responsibilities of outdoor expedition leaders, guides, and participants ;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the educational potentital and value of the expedition experience.


Assessment Task 1 (2000 words): 50%
Assessment Task 2 (2000 words): 50%; Satisfactory completion of fieldwork planning and fieldwork

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Brian Wattchow

Contact hours

3 hours per week equivalent including fieldwork component


EDF2604 or EDF2614