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.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPhilippa Morse

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutes and prac trips

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyEnrolment accepted until quota reached

Quota-conditions or rulesPriority to Outdoor and Environmental Education courses and courses where this subject is core.

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

The Complete Guide to Rope Techniques

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorShepherd, N.




ISBN0711227209, 9780711227200

Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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

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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size48

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhilippa Morse

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 10 - 22
One 10.00 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.
2 x 4.5 day overnight trips1 x 1 day field trip

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


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1,500-word assignment Journal based reflection of learning

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One 1,500-word assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1

Practical skills and knowledge test (Equivalent 1000 words) Hurdle requirement: satisfactory participation and performance in practical work

N/AOtherIndividualYes20 SILO3, SILO4