Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students are introduced to the theoretical and practical study of outdoor and environmental studies. Students will examine and explore connections between ways of experiencing the outdoors and knowledge of the outdoors, with an emphasis on implications for environmental sustainability. Students will also develop skills of critical enquiry, academic reading and writing, problem-solving, and teamwork. A three-day practical field trip provides opportunities for observation and reflection which are recorded through journal keeping.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPhilippa Morse

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures, assessment, naturalis tutorials and 3 day field trip

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate skills required for academic study, including: verbal & written communication; critical thinking and enquiry; research; problem-solving; reading; and, referencing (SGT 6.2).
02. Describe and evaluate theoretical and practical understandings of the ways in which knowledge is developed, and in particular knowledge about natural environments from different cultural perspectives (SGT 7.2).
03. Analyse how particular knowledge developed through different ways of knowing nature, influences human behaviour in specific settings (SGT 2.1).

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhilippa Morse

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 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.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 10
One 1.00 day seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 10 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Nature diary 1,500-word equivalent Hurdle requirement: satisfactory participation and performance in naturalist tutorials and in practical work

N/AOtherIndividualYes45 SILO1, SILO3

One 1,500-word essay

N/AOtherIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One 800-word essay

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2