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EDF1611 - Introduction to sport fitness and outdoor recreation

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Dr T Brown


Peninsula First semester 2009 (Day)


Students will engage in experiential learning, and also explore history and contemporary practices that underpin sport and outdoor recreation field. Students will develop and present their critical perspectives about the field. Practically, the student will develop skills across the sport, physical education, adventure education and recreation disciplines including planning, implementing and evaluating structured physical activities. A major focus is placed on teaching fundamental motor skills and minor games, while also developing leadership, minimal impact practices and safety skills. This unit includes four days of field programs.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Articulate their chosen field of study to a lay person and outline potential career directions.
  2. Describe the fields of sport, health, physical education, outdoor recreation, outdoor education, and experiential environmental education within the context of local and global environments using appropriate terms.
  3. Present an understanding of the historical, contemporary and future directions for their chosen field of study.
  4. Review, critique and communicate their chosen field of study utilizing a range of skills appropriate to university level study (library resources, information technology, word processing, referencing, etc.)
  5. Provide an explanation for different theoretical and perspective bases for the discipline (in particular associated with physical activity) including socio-critical, socio-ecological, meso- and macro-environmental, and theories associated with intrapersonal processes.
  6. Create an argument for a trans-disciplinary approach to their field that demonstrates a broad understanding of factors across different domains and life stages.
  7. Ground some of the different theoretical perspectives of their field of study through exploring the lived educative experience (particularly relevant to practicals).
  8. Apply sound pedagogical approaches to:
    1. Developing fundamental motor skills through game play.;
    2. Fostering team building, trust and initiative.
  9. Engage safely in introductory practical experiences (outdoor and indoor) having acquired a basic level of knowledge and experience.


Assessment Task 1 (2000 words): 50%
Assessment Task 2 (2000 words): 50%
including attendance at required tutorials/practicals and satisfactory completion of fieldwork component

Contact hours

3 hours per week

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