oed2wae winter alpine environments




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students examine aspects of natural history, land management, snow deposition and ecology directly relevant to selected Alpine environments of South Eastern Australia. Students develop technical expertise of cross-country ski touring to enable safe exploration and promote experiential and interpretative knowledge of winter alpine environments.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Mangelsdorf

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSnow: a natural history; an uncertain futurePrescribedGreen, K. (ed.) 1998AUSTRALIAN ALPS LIAISON COMMITTEE (CANBERRA)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop skills to read and interpret snow environments; recognise and distinguish animal tracks; interpret evidence of snow deposition and change; read alpine weather signs over time; recognise and identify some aspects of alpine wildlife and vegetation.

Lectures and practical work

02. Design single day ski tours or days within a longer tour in the Winter Alpine environment that demonstrate understanding of safety management, choosing safe ski touring routes, recognising hazards and knowledge of specific areas.

Lectures and practical work

03. Develop the ability to present relevant educational information to a group by converting theory into practice in an innovative and informative way.

Lectures and practical work

04. Understand and experience the use of snow shelters, including emergency shelters and their associated risks.

Lectures and practical work

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSean Murray

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 31 - 43
One 9.0 days field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 35
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 35 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 31 - 31
One 5.0 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1,500-word assignment (teaching resource kit)3501, 03
One 1,500-word pre trip organisation assignment3501, 02, 04
one 20 minute oral presentationOngoing assessment of practical skills and knowledge (hurdle - compulsory): Satisfactory participation and performance in practical work3003