Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students develop knowledge, understanding and experience of river environments in order to undertake safe living and travel. Students examine natural and cultural history, land management, hydrology and ecology directly relevant to selected river environments in South Eastern Australia. Through 9 days of field trips, students develop technical expertise of flat water paddling, and interpretative knowledge of river environments as preparation for peer leadership.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarcus Morse

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures, Research, presentations and practical fieldwork

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop an environmental understanding and localised knowledge of selected river environments.
02. Develop reflective and analytical skills relating to personal and group experiences in river environments.
03. Establish technical paddling competence on flat water (up to Grade 1)
04. Perform self-rescue, basic rescue of others, and equipment recovery on open water (lakes and bays and moving water up to grade 1.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarcus Morse

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 31 - 43
One 9.00 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 - 40
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 40 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 40
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 40 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2000 word assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1

Practical Work (equivalent to 2000 words) Hurdle - Satisfactory participation and performance in practical work on field trips

N/AOtherIndividualYes50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4