SPOR06019 2016 Outdoor Recreation

General Details

Full Title
Outdoor Recreation
Transcript Title
Outdoor Recreation
75 %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MRKT - Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kerry Larkin
Programme Membership
SG_BAPPL_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Applied Sport SG_BAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business SG_BSPOR_H08 201900 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business

This module is designed to provide students with an overview and appreciation of outdoor recreation, which includes outdoor activities, facility operations, the natural environment and the use of outdoor recreation as an educational tool. Students will exit the subject with a range of practical skills such as route planning and navigation, outdoor team based development and the ability to design and run an orienteering programme.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain the historical development and principles of outdoor recreation.


Identify current influences, trends and developments in the outdoor recreation industry.


Illustrate the importance of the relationship between environmental issues and outdoor recreation


Identify issues associated with the management and development of outdoor recreation.


Use a wide range of outdoor planning skills applicable to the work enviornment


Have knowledge of the outdoor experience based on practical involvment


Implement a health based outdoor recreation programme for the general population


Describe the role and use of outdoor recreation as an educational tool

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Fundamental concepts are introduced and illustrated through lectures. The understanding of students is tested and further enhanced through student centred learning exercises and interactive tutorial sessions. Capturing the stories from key stakeholders will further enhance Learning. The application of theory to practice is facilitated through outdoor recreation based field experience, on which the assessment is based.

Module Assessment Strategies

  • Development and application of an outdoor team based programme
  • Practical participation in organised outdoor activities
  • Development and application of an outdoor health enhancing programme applicable to the general population
  • Final Exam

Repeat Assessments

  • The module has a practical and a theoretical component.
  • Both theory and practice must be passed to meet the learning outcomes
  • Students must receive a minimum grade of 40% in both components to pass.
  • Failed components will be repeated.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to Outdoor Recreation

  • Define Outdoor Recreation
  • Describe the various types of outdoor recreation
  • Explain the role of outdoor recreation within the leisure industry
  • Discuss the main purposes of outdoor recreation
  • Summarise the historical background and development of outdoor recreation
  • Participate in practical outdoor activities

Outdoor Recreation Industy

  • Identify current influences, trends and developments in the outdoor recreation industry
  • Describe NGBs and government plans for the development of outdoor recreation
  • Explain the structure and function of outdoor recreation organisations and governing bodies
  • Explain legal and insurance considerations in the provision of outdoor recreation, public liability and duty of care


  • Identify the factors that effect participation in outdoor recreation
  • Explain the importance of facilities, equipment and programmes in providing opportunities for special needs participation in adventure activities
  • Analyse the access issues that impact on the provision of outdoor recreation

Coaching and leadership

  • Identify the various pathways to personal career development and further education and training
  • Demonstrate different coaching and leadership methods
  • Team building theory and practice

Natural Resource

  • Illustrate the importance of natural facilities for an outdoor recreation facility
  • Analyse the positive and negative environmental impacts of outdoor recreation
  • Assess the main risks and hazards associated with involvement in adventure activity

Outdoor Education

  • History
  • Irish Context
  • Theories of Outdoor Education
  • Best Practice

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reflective logbook/Team building Continuous Assessment Project 25 % OnGoing 4,5,6,7
2 Continuous Assessment Outdoor HEPA programme and Practical Involvment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 25 % OnGoing 2,4,5,6,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Offsite Outdoor practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014-01-21 Outdoor Adventure Education: Foundations, Theory and Research Human Kinetics
ISBN 145044251X ISBN-13 9781450442510

Outdoor Adventure Education: Foundations, Theory, and Research steeps students in the theories, concepts, and developments of outdoor adventure education, preparing them for careers in this burgeoning field.

This text is based on author Alan W. Ewerts pioneering book Outdoor Adventure Pursuits: Foundations, Models, and Theories. Ewert and Sibthorp, both experienced practitioners, researchers, and educators, explore the outdoor adventure field today in relation to the changes that have occurred since Ewerts first book. The authors present a comprehensive text on outdoor and adventure foundations, theories, and research that will provide the basis for the next generation of professionals.

Outdoor Adventure Education offers a comprehensive view of the expanding discipline of outdoor adventure education in its various settings. In addition to its foundational, theoretical, and conceptual insights, this text presents the following:

Why This Chapter Is Important introductions that present snapshots of ideas and concepts and how they apply to future professionals

Chapter discussion and research questions to expand knowledge and research skills to support the learning gained through the book

Sidebars from well-known international researchers who present their views on the chapter topics

The book is presented in three parts. Part I explores foundational issues of outdoor adventure education, offering an overview of the field and examining both historical developments and current practices. Part II investigates theoretical constructs and extant theories, emphasizing how they inform the professionals view of program evidence, design, and implementation. In part III, the authors delve into research and evidence-based practices in the field and look at evolving trends and issues as outdoor adventure education continues to grow.

Outdoor Adventure Education uses evidence, design, and implementation as its underlying themes. It shows students and professionals how to apply theories and research in constructing frameworks for outdoor adventure education experiences and how to evaluate those experiences. As such, it is an indispensable resource that prepares students and professionals alike for success in their careers in outdoor adventure education.

Recommended Reading
2005-08-11 Outdoor Education: Methods and Strategies Human Kinetics
ISBN 0736047093 ISBN-13 9780736047098

Outdoor Education: Methods and Strategies will show students how to

-use physical, cognitive, and affective methods to teach lessons in different settings to different audiences;

-link educational theories to teaching methods and choose the best method for each setting; and

-implement strategies with easy-to-use forms and lesson plans.

Outdoor Education: Methods and Strategies provides all the necessary information and tools for teaching outdoor education. It applies educational theories to outdoor teaching methods and helps educators choose the instructional strategy that will work best for their audience, whether they're in a school, nature center, adventure center, camp, environmental learning center, government agency, or university. This text includes the following features:

-Easy-to-use forms for designing, implementing, and evaluating outdoor lesson plans

-Six highly detailed sample lesson plans, representing a variety of settings for different age groups and abilities and using physical, cognitive, and affective methods

-Teaching tips, real-life case studies, and interactive exercises to apply concepts in each chapter

Outdoor Education: Methods and Strategies contains practical lesson plans and examples that go beyond the normal scope of a text. It includes key concepts, objectives, and summaries for each chapter, and it presents an extensive set of educational methods and applications to foster optimal learning.

Part I defines what outdoor education is and details the professional expectations of an outdoor educator. It also explores educational theories that support outdoor education, including developmental stages, learning stages, and constructivism.

Part II covers teacher preparation, including understanding the backgrounds and abilities of participants, creating a successful learning environment, teaching effectively in a variety of outdoor settings, and designing lesson plans.

In part III, the authors explore methods and delivery of outdoor education. They examine the uses of physical, cognitive, and affective methods for teaching, and they provide six ready-to-use sample lessons. They also help readers reflect on, evaluate, and improve their lesson plans through experimentation.

Outdoor Education: Methods and Strategies will benefit all educators, new or veteran, in enhancing their audience's awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the outdoors. Ultimately, it will advance educators' abilities to increase people's enjoyment and understanding of the environment.

Recommended Reading
2008-09-26 Outdoor Recreation: An Introduction Routledge
ISBN 0415430410 ISBN-13 9780415430418

Outdoor Recreation: An Introduction provides students following courses in outdoor recreation, leisure and environmental studies with a comprehensive and informative overview of this broad and fascinating field.

Covering both theory and practice, and including case studies and examples from around the world, this is the first student text in outdoor recreation to draw on such a diverse range of interdisciplinary approaches and methods. The book introduces students to every key theme in the study of contemporary outdoor recreation, including:

  • key concepts and definitions
  • history and development of outdoor leisure
  • management of outdoor recreation
  • development and management of parks, protected areas and wilderness
  • psychology of the outdoor experience
  • ecology and the natural environment
  • outdoor education and interpretation
  • economics of outdoor recreation
  • outdoor education, leadership and personal development
  • contemporary issues in, and the future of, outdoor recreation.

Student learning is supported throughout the book with helpful features such as learning objectives, case studies, weblinks, chapter summaries, study questions, and definitions of key terms. Representing a definitive guide to an important and rapidly growing field, this book is essential reading for all students of outdoor recreation, leisure management, tourism and environmental studies, and will be an important resource for all professionals working in outdoor recreation and leisure.

Recommended Reading
2012-10-05 Managing Outdoor Recreation: Case Studies in the National Parks CABI
ISBN 1780641877 ISBN-13 9781780641874

The popularity of outdoor recreation and ecotourism continues to grow worldwide. However, there is little systematic information on how to manage outdoor recreation in ways that protect park resources and the quality of the visitor experience. This book develops classification systems of outdoor recreation-related problems and management strategies and practices and combines them into a series of matrices that can help guide park and outdoor recreation management. The book then uses a series of case studies drawn from the U.S. National Park System that illustrate a range of successful management approaches that can be applied globally. The book concludes with a series of principles for managing parks and outdoor recreation.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Core Text






AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership: Trip Planning * Group Dynamics * Decision Making * Leading Youth * Risk Management

Alex Kosseff

Appalachian Mountain Club Books; Second edition


Outdoor Recreation: An Introduction

Ryan Plummer



Sport and Adventure Tourism

Simon Hudson (ed)

Haworth Press, Inc


Outdoor Recreation Management

Pigram J.& Jenkins (eds.)

Garland Publications


Leisure, Recreation and Tourism

Robert Prosser



Other Resources
  • Rain Jacket
  • Walking Boots
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Baseplate Compass
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