In this course you will be introduced to the theories and practices that underpin effective small group leadership in the context of outdoor/environmental education. You will get opportunities to apply, analyse, and critique leadership skills in structured experiences with peers using a range of activities and non-motorised form of outdoor travel. You will also learn how to optimise participant safety, manage risks, and improve learning when leading groups in outdoor environments. You'll need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the course. If you have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect your potential participation in some of the practical components of the course, you are invited to discuss your options with the course coordinator.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – There will be a series of 2hour workshops throughout the semester. Attendance at some of these workshops will be a requirement as they serve as preparatory work and development or required safety knowledge for the completion of fieldwork. The schedule of tutorials/workshops will be available in Canvas||2hrs||Week 1||8 times|
|Fieldwork – There will be two x single day fieldwork trips and one x 3 day fieldwork trips. The fieldwork requires off-campus activities. The detials of the fieldwork trips will be identified in Canvas||8hrs||Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||5 times|
|Learning materials – You will also engage with asynchonised online learning materials to support your learning and preparation for fieldwork.||1hr||Week 1||8 times|
Conditional Outdoor Leadership Theory; Experiential education theory; Group facilitation; Group leadership theory; Direct skill instruction; Social Psychology (attribution, self-efficacy and motivation theories); Student/participant safety; Risk management theories and practices; Leadership case studies & Field trips
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...||Professional Standard Mapping * ALTC Threshold Learning Outcomes|
|1||Analyse and evaluate the use of group facilitation, experiential education, and instructional approaches when leading groups in outdoor environments.||Creative and critical thinker||
1, 2, 7
|2||Apply and use judgement in decision making, regarding group safety and facilitation to enhance learning through outdoor experiences.||
|3||Facilitate environmental interpretive activities with peers.||Creative and critical thinker||
1, 2, 3, 4, 6
|4||Develop and apply personal and professional skills while leading peers in outdoor environments.||Engaged||
|ALTC Threshold Learning Outcomes|
|1||Outdoor educators create opportunities for experiential learning|
|2||Outdoor educators use pedagogies that align their program’s purpose and practice|
|3||Outdoor educators are place-responsive, and see their work as a social, cultural and environmental endeavour|
|4||Outdoor educators advocate for social and environmental justice|
|5||Outdoor educators continue to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise|
|6||Outdoor educators understand safety and apply a strict aversion to fatalities|
|7||Outdoor educators routinely engage in reflective practice|
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OES101 or enrolled in Program ED112
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Students will submit Assessment Task 1 in week 3. Prior to submission, students will discuss in tutorials the case studies they plan to use in the task and receive peer-feedback on their ideas.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
8-10 minute video-recorded presentation.
|Week 4||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||2||Oral and Written Piece||Group||30%||
1000 word plan, and led bushwalking session.
|Refer to Format||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
3 x 750 word reflections over semester
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Outdoor leadership analysis and critique|
In this task you will use Conditional Outdoor Leadership Theory to assess the appropriatenessof the leadership style used in two self-selected case-studies. You will also critique the theory and suggest any improvements for its application to leading groups in outdoor environments.
8-10 minute multi-media presentation of your analysis of two case studies.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Outdoor leadership session with peers|
This task gives you the opportunity to apply experiential education principles to plan and lead one day of a three-day bushwalking trip with peers. The plan and leadership session will include specific environmental interpretation activities throughout the day.
|Product:||Oral and Written Piece|
You will work with a small group of 2-3 peers to safely plan one of the days of the three-day bushwalk including some environmental activities. You will submit a 2-3 page plan of the leadership plan, outlining the walking route, leadership practices, safety strategies, and environmental activities planned. Submit: Plan due at 4pm, Friday, week 7. Leadership session on bushwalking field trip.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Take-home exam|
To assess higher order thinking using a take-home exam format.
In this task you will complete 3 x 750 word short essays on range of outdoor leadership topics. You will use theories and models in the outdoor leadership literature in addition to your own reflections recorded in your learning journal. Submit: 4pm Friday, weeks 5. 11, and 13.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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OES240 is structured to provide you with a sequence of fieldwork experiences that equip you with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to meet industry established safety standards. It is therefore an expectation of both the University and our industry partners that you will participate in all of the directed study activities (learning materials, tutorials and fieldwork) and demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in the safety- related activities required for safe participation in fieldwork within this course and other OES courses in your program. You are required to complete the WHS fieldwork induction and successfully complete the quiz before the first practical session and wear appropriate clothing for fieldwork activities. Reasonable alternatives will be provided for students who cannot attend fieldtrips because of circumstances beyond their control. You will need to provide the following items for the practical field trips components of the trip: suitable clothing for all weather contingencies; a sleeping mat; a sleeping bag; and other personal camping equipment. Tents and stoves will be provided to students. Please note that course information, including specific information of learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on Canvas. Please log in as soon as possible.
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