Practical Land Based Skills
Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Jamie Macdonald
Overall aims and purpose
This module will have a strong focus on acquiring the basic practical skills associated with safe, land-based, adventure activities. Practical activity will be augmented by short classroom sessions designed to reinforce the preparation and reflective follow-up consistent with developing good practice working outside. Just as important as technical skills and knowledge, will be the generic personal qualities of awareness, judgement and attitude which allow individuals to operate safely within a group, in potentially dangerous situations. The main activities encountered during this module will be hill-walking, indoor rock-climbing, micro navigation, camp craft and gorge scrambling. Some of these activities may be physically and emotionally demanding and will require commitment of time and effort on behalf of all participants.
Skills taught or practiced:-
1. Navigation including formative assessment opportunities via unaccompanied walks. Night navigation.
2. Hillwalking within a mixed ability group (group skills)
3. Camping skills, choosing and carrying equipment. Cooking.
4. Indoor climbing skills including movement, bouldering, bottom roping, lead climbing, belaying, abseiling, climbing calls, climbing partner safety checks.
5. Risk assessing
6. Transferring skills from one environment to another.
7. Understanding the weather and how a forecast can be used to enable better use of the environment.
8. Mountain rescue and emergency procedures.
9. Route planning.
10. Self-reflection and goal setting.
To be awarded A- or above, students must demonstrate that they are consistently in complete control of their own safety when participating in a variety of land-based activities within a group, that they have a comprehensive understanding of environmental hazards and possess a full range of appropriate strategies for coping with them, and that they can evaluate, with a high degree of accuracy, their own level of skill, knowledge and understanding of one land based activity. In text citations and reference list, formatting is to departmental guidelines without errors or omissions.
To be awarded B- or above, students must be able to demonstrate that they can participate in a variety of land-based activities, within a group, exercising good skills and judgement in respect of safety, that they can identify, prioritise and respond to most commonly encountered environmental hazards, and that they can evaluate, with a good degree of accuracy, their own level of skill, knowledge and understanding of one land based activity. In text citations and reference list, formatting is to departmental guidelines with some errors or omissions.
To be awarded a pass mark (D-), students must be able to demonstrate, at a basic level of competence, that they can participate in a variety of land-based activities, within a group, without endangering themselves, that they can identify and respond to obvious environmental hazards and that they can conduct a rudimentary evaluation of their own level of skill, knowledge and understanding of one land-based activity. In text citations and reference list, formatting is not to departmental guidelines with multiple errors or omissions.
NB. Practical sessions are compulsory. If they are missed without mitigating circumstances then they may fail the module.
Participate safely, within a group, while undertaking a range of land-based activities.
Identify, understand and adapt to the changing environmental hazards encountered while undertaking adventurous land-based activities.
Accurately self-evaluate their own level of skill, knowledge and understanding with respect to a land-based adventure activity.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Contact time - theory
To keep personal logs, reflect on practical sessions and follow up reading and preparing for assessments.
|Practical classes and workshops||
Acquiring the basic practical skills associated with safe, land-based, adventure activities.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
- research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
- describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
- apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
- work effectively independently and with others
- self-appraise and reflect on practice
- plan and design practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
- project manage and execute practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
- undertake fieldwork with continuous regard for safety and risk assessment.
- develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
- communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
Resource implications for students
You will need to purchase the following for your first week.
LAMINATED VERSION of OS Explorer Map (1:25 000)
Snowdon Sheet OL17. Make sure it is laminated because it will not survive otherwise and we will be writing on them.
Compass ( Silva expedition 4 or similar)
Personal warm clothing including hats and gloves. This should be of fleecey type material or wool NOT COTTON.
A comprehensive kit list will be found on Blackboard landbased section. Other equipment can be borrowed but people generally look to own their own:
- Rucksack 45L or bigger
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Walking boots with ankle support
- Climbing harness
- Climbing shoes.
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C602: BSC Sport Science (ODA) year 1 (BSC/SSOA)
- 2W68: BSc Sports Science (Outdoor Activities) (with Int Exp) year 1 (BSC/SSOIE)
- C609: MSci Sport Science (Outdoor Activities) year 1 (MSCI/SSOA)