University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Physical, Health and Outdoor Education

Course code/s: EBPHOB

Course details
Location Bendigo
Course Coordinator Sean Murray
Course Code EBPHOB
Available to International Students Yes
CRICOS 093394G
Course Duration 3 Years
Exchange Opportunity  
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current Students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective Students: Future Students

Course Description

The Bachelor of Physical, Health and Outdoor Education is a 360 Credit Points course that provides preparation for those wishing to enter the education / training profession. It covers a range of topics including environmental and sustainability education, safety and risk management, leadership, exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, movement studies and skill analysis.  The course serves as a pathway into a Masters Degree for those graduates wishing to qualify as teachers.

Admission Requirements

VCE Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL. All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.

Course Requirements

Students must complete a total of 360 credit points to graduate from this course.


  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
  • ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate advanced skills in the discipline specific areas of Physical, Health and Outdoor Education within school and alternate settings.
  • Identify, evaluate and apply suitable safety planning and risk management specific to Physical, Health and Outdoor Education.
  • Demonstrate understanding of curriculum considerations and educational philosophies underpinning the discipline areas.
  • Identify and analyse the national and global context of curriculum development within Australia.
  • Apply sound knowledge of current learning theories in the context of adolescent development.
  • Develop and practice expertise in structuring learning tasks to cater for individual learning needs and the diversity of student backgrounds.
  • Design, implement and evaluate a safe and educationally coherent outdoor education programme in consultation with an external agency.
  • Apply knowledge related to the discipline areas, including familiarity with the pedagogical knowledge, curriculum documents and resource materials, with a particular focus on the Australian Curriculum, Victorian Curriculum F-10 and VCE.

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course Structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Physical, Health and Outdoor Education (EBPHOB - Bendigo) 2018 [PDF 94 KB]

First year

Semester 1
Ways of Knowing Nature
Outdoor Living and Travel Skills
Reading Australian Landscapes
Human Biosciences A
Semester 2
Naturalist Studies
Introduction to Winter Alpine Environments
Human Biosciences B
Movement Studies

Second year

Semester 1
Safety in Outdoor Environments
Exercise and Sports Biomechanics
Exercise and Sports Physiology
Movement Studies
Semester 2
Bush Environments
Leading Groups in Outdoor Environments
Contemporary Issues in Sex & Sexuality
Environment Elective (15 cps)

Third year

Semester 1 OPTION
Education in the Outdoors
Field Experience D
Sport and Exercise Psychology
 Teaching Environment Elective
Semester 2
Public Health Nutrition
Health Education Development
Sport and Skill Analysis
EX3AEB   Advanced Exercise Biomechanics OR
EX3AEP   Advanced Exercise Physiology

Environment electives

Second Year Environment Electives
OED2R (S1) Rock Environments
OED2RE (S2) River Environments (White Water)
OED2WAE (S2) Water Alpine Environments
Third Year Teaching Environment Elective
OED3TBE (S1) Teaching in Bush Environments
OED3TR (S1) Teaching in Rock Environments
OED3TRE (S1) Teaching in River Environments (Flat Water)
OED3TRM (S2) Teaching in River Environments (White Water)
OED3TWA (S2) Teaching in Winter Alpine Environments

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subject Search guide for further details.