Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Brian Wattchow


This unit introduces the philosophy and theory of adventure education. This includes an experiential learning program (where the student works as both a participant and leader/facilitator) in outdoor activities such as kayaking, sea kayaking, and environmental interpretation. Students focus on facilitating the transfer of adventure experiences to life-applicable learning. The unit emphasises planning, utilising, managing, and evaluating the use of small groups in problem solving, trust and team building activities. This unit includes eight days of fieldwork.


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

  1. understand the philosophy and theoretical basis of adventure education
  2. demonstrate knowledge of student centred teaching methods
  3. effectively facilitate small group activities within the adventure education paradigm
  4. actively demonstrate competencies in practical components
  5. engage with contemporary issues in adventure education practice
  6. demonstrate reflective skills to enhance further professional development.


8 days of fieldwork


Assessment task 1 (2000 words, 50%)
Assessment task 2 (2000 words, 50%)
Satisfactory completion of fieldwork planning and fieldwork

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 24 contact hours per semester plus additional days for fieldwork and preparatory classes may be required

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


EDF1604 or EDF1612