oed2r rock environments




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject includes content of natural history, land management, geology, geomorphology and ecology directly relevant to selected rock environments of south eastern Australia. Students develop technical expertise of rock climbing to enable safe exploration and promote experiential and interpretative knowledge of rock environments.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Holmes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsReading PackPrescribedVariousLA TROBE BOOK SHOP
ReadingsThe Complete Guide to Rope TechniquesPrescribedShepherd, N. (2007)FRANCES LINCOLN

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop a critical understanding of the associated social, historical, cultural and environmental aspects of the rock environments used for rock climbing.


02. Critically reflect on your experience knowledge and skills so as to develop safe practice and good judgement.

Lectures, tutes and prac trips

03. Lead climb safely and act in a manner that is respectful of self, the natural environment, other cliff dwellers and users.

Lectures, tutes and prac trips

04. Demonstrate the technical skills to do the following: setup and abseil safely using a variety of devices and techniques; setup top rope systems; and enable basic self-rescues for self and partner.

Lectures, tutes and prac trips

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size48

Enrolment information Maximum capacity for prac location and equipment. Priority to Outdoor and Environmental Education courses and courses where this subject is core. By order of enrolment.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Holmes

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 10 - 22
One 10.0 days field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"2 x 4.5 day overnight trips 1 x 1 day field trip"

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 1,500-word assignmentJournal based reflection of learning3001, 02, 03
one 1,500-word assignment5001
practical skills and knowledge test (hurdle - compulsory)Hurdle requirement: satisfactory participation and performance in practical work2003, 04