SPOE401 – Introduction to the Outdoors

Module code
Module title
Introduction to the Outdoors
To introduce students to a range of outdoor pursuit experiences and provide opportunities to learn basic technical skills in a range of outdoor pursuits. Participation in this course contributes to the personal development of students’ self-reliance, self-esteem, and examines the process and impact of weather and its implications on practices for the student (and others) engaged in outdoor adventure activities.
  • SH1902
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Identify and participate in a range of adventure environments and activities.
Apply basic safety management practices within a range of outdoor activities.
Apply basic weather forecasting to a range of New Zealand outdoor environments.
- Exposure to New Zealand’s adventure environments.
- Basic technical skills for a range of outdoor pursuits that could include but are not limited to tramping, camping, kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, caving, mountaineering, and adventure based learning and high/low ropes.
- Weather forecasting and interpretation.
- Personal development - self-reliance, self-esteem.
- Code of ethics for outdoor practitioners.
- Professionalism.
- Self-management and group management in outdoor adventure activities.

Teaching and Learning Strategy
Blended delivery of theory, online and practical activities.
Lectures will be used to introduce key themes and main topics to the students. Tutorials will develop concepts further through group work, projects and online learning. The assessments will encourage reflection on important concepts taught throughout the course.
Assessment Criteria
To pass this module students must complete all assessments and accumulate an overall module mark of no less than 50%