Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are provided with an introduction to the theory and practice of small group leadership in the outdoors as relevant to outcomes of outdoor/environmental education, and personal and group development. Students also consider elements of effective leadership applied to nature based, or adventure, activity, including: communication, facilitation and instruction.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLucas Bester

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorials, field trip

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites OED1WKN and must have passed 150cp


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 - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Evaluate and critique various outdoor leadership, teamwork, group facilitation and instructional approaches to outdoor education. Examining the theories, models and principles.
02. Identify and critique experiential learning and experiential education theory and principles to outdoor leadership theory
03. Apply and use judgement to enable ethical decision making, regarding group safety and facilitation to enhance learning through an outdoor experience.
04. Consider the relevance of the following as they relate to leading groups in outdoor environments: attribution, self-efficacy and motivational theories.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLucas Bester

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 39 - 39
One 2.00 days field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 39 to week 39 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1,500 word assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1

One 2,000 word assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Presentation (equivalent to 500-words) Hurdle: satisfactory participation and performance in practical work

N/AOral presentationIndividualYes10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3