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.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Mangelsdorf

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures and practical work

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

Learning resources

Snow: a natural history; an uncertain future

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorGreen, K.




ISBN0949324809, 9780949324801

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 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.
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.
03. Develop the ability to present relevant educational information to a group by converting theory into practice in an innovative and informative way.
04. Understand and experience the use of snow shelters, including emergency shelters and their associated risks.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Mangelsdorf

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 - 35
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 35 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 31 - 31
One 5.00 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1,500-word assignment (teaching resource kit)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO3

One 1,500-word pre trip organisation assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

One 20 minute oral presentation (Equiv. 1000 words) Ongoing assessment of practical skills and knowledge (hurdle - compulsory): Satisfactory participation and performance in practical work

N/AOral presentationIndividualYes30 SILO3