Outdoor Education

ECTS Value: 4 ECTS

Contact Hours: 20

Self Study Hours: 48

Assessment Hours: 32


Overall Objectives and Outcomes

This module aims to expose the course participants to outdoor activities and team building games. Moreover, it aims at giving the participants skills to manage a class outdoors while keeping the learning outcomes of the lesson and safety in focus

By the end of this programme, participants should be able to:


a. Devise an outdoor education lesson using the exploratory approach;
b. Conduct an outdoor education lesson using the appropriate safety rules and equipment;
c. Critically engage with outdoor education literature, keeping abreast with current trends and practices.


a. Outline a range of outdoor activities according to the learning outcomes framework for physical education;
b. Develop knowledge on the principles of different activities and games related to Outdoor Education such as archery, trekking and backwoods cooking;
c. Determine activities where team effort and team work are required to solve tasks.  


a. Reflect and assess group and personal experiences in outdoor activities;
b. Confidently lead a group of young adults or children into the outdoors, showing appropriate leadership skills, assertiveness and decision-making skills;
c. Structure and implement an outdoor education lesson catering for a mixed ability class.


Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List

1. Stremba B. & Bisson C. (2009) Teaching Adventure Education- Best Practices. Human Kinetics.
2. Prouty D. ,Panicucci J. & Collinson, R. (Eds) (2007) Adventure Education- Theory and Applications. Human Kinetics.
3. Gilbertson K. , Bates T. , McLaughlin T. & Ewart A. (2006) Outdoor Education – Methods and Strategies. Human Kinetics.

Supplementary Reading List
1. Harrison G. & Erpelding M. (Eds) (2012) Outdoor Program Administration – Principles and Practices. Human Kinetics.
2. Hellison D. (2011) Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity. Human Kinetics.

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