Curriculum Guideline

Winter Outdoor & Alternative Environment Physical Education

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
No
Course Code
SPSC 1319
Descriptive
Winter Outdoor & Alternative Environment Physical Education
Department
Sport Science
Faculty
Science & Technology
Credits
3.00
Start Date
End Term
201930
PLAR
No
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
25
Contact Hours
4
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Field Experience
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Discussion groups
  • Practical applications and experiences
  • Field observation
  • Technology assisted learning
Course Description
In this applied course students will participate in, plan, and implement a variety of aquatic and land based activities that are appropriate for elementary and high school students during Fall and Winter. Topics include risk assessment and management, organizational factors, environmental ethics, outdoor aquatic and land based activities, classroom-based activities and the development and utilization of different pedagogical strategies. An overnight trip is planned for this class.
Course Content
  1. Outdoor and alternative environment settings
  • aquatic settings
  • land-based settings
  • seasonal considerations
  • school-based alternatives
  • Risk management
  • Lesson and unit planning for outdoor and alternative environment settings
    • safety considerations
    • transportation planning
    • learning outcomes
    • equipment needs
    • planned activities
    • assessment and evaluation strategies
  • Practical topic selection will depend on instructor experience, student experience, and availability of resources. The following is a partial list of possible alternative environment activities wherein students will participate as teachers and students with aim of implementing the knowledge and skills of effective outdoor and alternative environment education in a safe and exciting context.
    • Land-based examples
      • skiing
      • skating
      • snowshoeing
      • winter camping
      • snow caving
      • indoor rock climbing
      • velodrome cycling
    • Water-based examples
      • canoeing
      • kayaking
      • rafting
    • Aquatic examples
      • survival techniques
      • water games
      • diving
      • SCUBA
  • Instructional Strategies
    • alternative teaching approaches
    • class management strategies
    • developmentally appropriate technical progressions
    • principles of effective instruction seasonal planning
    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Design an outdoor activity lesson including the following components:
    • risk management and safety considerations
    • learning outcomes
    • equipment needs
    • planned activities
    • assessment and evaluation considerations.
  • Analyze an outdoor or alternative environment plan/organization with regard to:
    • risk management and safety considerations
    • learning outcomes
    • equipment needs
    • planned activities
    • assessment and evaluation options.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory supervisory skills during outdoor and alternative environment activities
  • Identify a number of relevant outdoor and alternative environment locations and organizational resources available for the relevant age group of teacher’s students.
  • Basic personal movement competence in the chosen activities
  • Identify through an “ethics of care” appropriate environmental concerns and demonstrate low environmental impact strategies.
  • Means of Assessment

    The following four areas represent the learning outcome categories of the course. Each area will be assessed in a way that allows the learning outcomes to be demonstrated by the student.

    1. Professionalism and Personal Movement Competence (up to 25%)
    • observation, demonstration, preparatory and in-class work.
  • Activity  Knowledge (up to 30%)
    • quizzes, midterm and final exam, report, or presentation.
  • Risk Management and Planning ability (up to 30%)
    • quizzes, midterm and final exam, report, or presentation.
  • Instructional Knowledge and Skill (up to 30%)
    • creation of lesson plan, activity outline, demonstration of instructional skills.
    Textbook Materials

    Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

    Supplementary materials (i.e., article readings) when required

    Depending on the activity, students may incur a cost associated with transportation and/or equipment requirements for the course.