Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Beau Miles


Students will be introduced to the philosophy and practice of outdoor recreation as it relates to a range of physical activity and movement experiences. This will involve an overview of principles and practices related to both unstructured and structured approaches to physical activity in a range of social and environmental settings and the contribution that they make to healthy and active lifestyles. This unit will focus on the interrelationships of setting, participants and outdoor recreation activities by drawing upon concepts from biophysical, socio-ecological and philosophical perspectives. This unit includes eight days of experiential learning programs (ELPs).


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of the philosophical, historical, and biophysical foundations of physically active forms of outdoor recreation,
  2. demonstrate understanding of the principles and practices of outdoor recreation,
  3. demonstrate understanding of the specific human movement requirements of physically active outdoor recreation activities
  4. demonstrate understanding of the contribution of outdoor recreation to healthy individuals, communities, and society,
  5. demonstrate understanding of practical competencies in selected outdoor recreation activities,
  6. demonstrate understanding of the role of the natural environment in outdoor recreation, and
  7. demonstrate understanding of administration and management issues of outdoor recreation.


Tests (1600 words, 40%)
Written application exercises and practical performance assessment (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 contact hours per semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours per semester

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study