SPHP605 – Outdoor Education

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Module code
Module title
Outdoor Education
To explore the principles and philosophies of outdoor education and relate them to the New Zealand Health and Physical Education (NZHPE) Curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to develop an outdoor education plan for a school-based outdoor environment, as well as experiencing outdoor activities as both a learner and leader.
  • SC9501
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Describe the principles and philosophies of education outside the classroom (EOTC). They
will be aware of a range of possible activities and of the impact of experiences in outdoor
education and adventure.

2. Understand the policies and philosophies of outdoor education as they relate to the New
Zealand Health and Physical Education (NZHPE) Curriculum.

3. Plan outdoor education programmes relating to a school-based outdoor environment. The
students will be able to select appropriate outdoor education / adventure activities for the
target group and identify the required risk management analysis system (Rams) for the

4. Identify the principles and progressions for team building. The students will be able to apply
facilitation skills for team building through active participation in a range of outdoor
education, adventure based learning and team building activities.

5. Gain skills and experience for safe participation in a range of Outdoor
Education/Adventure pursuits such as bush craft, water pursuits and rock climbing.
- Definition of outdoor education
- Philosophies and practices relating to outdoor education
- Safety management systems - risk management analysis system (Rams)
- Adventure Education Activity (i.e. school camps) - planning and administration
- EOTC (Education outside the classroom)
- Adventure based learning
- Team building
- Tramping / camping - leadership
- Kayaking
- Rock climbing - leadership
- NZHPE curriculum links
- Environmental education
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures, group work and practical tutorials
Assessment Criteria
Candidates must achieve a minimum C grade pass overall from assessments to receive a passing grade for this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Required Text:
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the course. This will be updated annually.