Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism)

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism)

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CSU's Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) provides you with the ability to conduct a range of outdoor education and recreation activities, including those associated with the outdoor education curriculum in schools, adventure and fitness programs, and tours of wild and remote areas of Australia.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) are employed by outdoor adventure companies, recreation and outdoor education centres, schools, the Department of Sport and Recreation and in the nature tourism industry.

Graduates combine their skills and knowledge in outdoor recreation and education with foundation knowledge of physical, biological and social sciences to design and conduct outdoor recreation and education activities. This knowledge consists of a combination of competencies and degree knowledge recognised nationally and internationally by a range of employers.

  • Why study this course?

    What will I learn?

    This course focuses strongly on field instruction and real-world situations. Studies about the natural environment and tourism are underpinned by a strong focus on sustainability and the visitor experience. Students also choose a minor study in Indigenous and Cultural Heritage, Outdoor Recreation (Adventure), or Wildlife and Conservation:

    Indigenous and Cultural Heritage
    Students in this minor will gain in-depth cognitive and technical skills in the conservation and management of cultural heritage and in working with Indigenous communities. Studies highlight areas including heritage site management, cultural heritage policy and planning, site survey design, and medicinal and Indigenous foods.
    Outdoor Recreation (Adventure)

    In this minor, you will study leadership, recreation and conservation at CSU, alongside 10 to 15 weeks of professional training in bushwalking, rock climbing and abseiling through a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation at Wodonga TAFE. Canoeing, ski touring and ski camping, mountain biking, sea kayaking and white water rafting may also be available.

    During the Certificate IV, you will complete units in adventure programming and guiding, legal issues, workplace safety, wilderness first aid and emergency care, and information and communication technologies.

    Wildlife and Conservation

    This minor is for students seeking to obtain in-depth cognitive and technical skills in the conservation and management of biodiversity. A range of subject areas are available for this minor that include vegetation ecology, animal diversity, environmental data analysis, wildlife ecology and management, conservation biology or restoration ecology.

    CSU is well-known for its innovative approach to education, offering practical, hands-on courses, supported online to provide you with accessible, world-class education.

  • Career opportunities

    This degree and the associated certification are recognised nationally and internationally by employers. CSU works in close association with industry, professions and government to ensure courses meet and support industry needs, resulting in high employment rates and starting salaries.

    Graduates are employed in either Australia and internationally in organisations such as outdoor education centres and outdoor adventure companies, as well as in government organisations including the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Department of Education (Victoria).

    Graduates find work conducting outdoor education programs, school camps, sport and fitness programs, and leading tours to wild and remote areas of Australia. They are involved in tourism services, nature conservation, adventure programming and personal development.

    Indigenous and Cultural Heritage careers include:

    • aboriginal heritage officers
    • park rangers
    • heritage consultants
    • museum curators

    Outdoor Recreation (Adventure) careers include:

    • adventure ecotourism instructors
    • ecotourism guides or operators
    • ecotourism and/or outdoor development trainers
    • environmental educators / consultants

    Wildlife and Conservation careers include:

    • park rangers
    • threatened species officers
    • wildlife officers
    • botanists
  • Workplace learning

    CSU works in close association with industry, professions and government to ensure courses meet and support industry needs. Learning is contextualised in a way that empowers and motivates students, assisting them to develop key skills and knowledge required for employment, further education and active participation in their communities.

    Workplace learning at CSU allows you to:

    • learn through practical and/or field experience. This gives relevance to what you are learning and enables you to construct your own understanding of the course material
    • have opportunities to undertake a range of field experiences. There are many opportunities to participate in voluntary and paid field expeditions to areas such as the Australian alps, Mungo National Park and North Head, Sydney
    • be supported in doing professional practice. Placement opportunities in Australia range from the Tasmanian wilderness to Australia's far north
    • travel to places around the world. Each year CSU runs international field trips to locations such as Cambodia, East Timor and Nepal. These are part of your degree in your final year of study. International experience and exchange is also encouraged through CSU Global.
    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of

    • Core subjects (152 points; 19 subjects)
    • One Elective (8 points)
    • Minor sequence (32 points; 4 subjects)

    CoreSubjects (152 points)
    ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism
    PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
    PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    PKM302 The Philosophy of Outdoor Education
    PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
    PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
    REC167 Leadership and Communication
    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
    REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
    SCI302 International Practical Experience 2

    One Elective

    Minor
    Students must complete a minor of 4 subjects chosen from one of the following groups:

    Outdoor Recreation
    Students complete the Certifcate IV in Outdoor Recreation (TAFE qualification) - equivalent of 4 subjects (32 points)

    Wildlife and Conservation
    Select 4 subjects (32 points) from the following:
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)
    BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO328 Restoration Ecology
    BIO216 Conservation Biology
    BIO203 Animal Diversity

    Indigenous and Cultural Heritage
    Select 4 subjects (32 points) from the following:
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management (16 points)
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning (16 points)
    PKM366 Site Survey Design
    BMS342 Medicinal and Indigenous Foods

    Enrolment pattern

    Normally Three years by Full-time study or Six year by part-time Distance Education.

    Note: students may be able to decrease the length of time it takes to do the degree by selecting relevant options from the limited number of subjects that are available in Session 90 each year. The recommended course structure is:
     

    Outdoor Recreation (Adventure) Minor

    Full time

    Year 1 Session 1 (30)

    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism
    REC167 Leadership and Communication
    Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

    Year 1 Session 2 (60)
    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

    Year 1 Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake relevant studies in this semester.

    Year 2 Session 1 (30)
    PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
    PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

    Year 2 Session 2 (60)
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context
    ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
    Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

    Year 2 Session 3 (90) -I t is optional for students to undertake relevant studies in this semester.

    Year 3 Session 1 (30)
    PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
    Elective
    PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design

    Year 3 Session 2 (60)
    PKM302 The Philosophy of Outdoor Education
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
    SCI302 International Practical Experience 2
    REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism

    Students doing the course part-time should follow the pattern by selecting two subjects per semester in the order they are shown. To complete the TAFE Certificate IV component, it is suggested that students contact their local TAFE or Wodonga TAFE.

    Wildlife and Conservation  OR  Indigenous Culture and Heritage Minor
     

    Full time

    Year 1 Session 1 (30)

    ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
    PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism
    REC167 Leadership and Communication
    ENM101 People and the Environment

    Year 1 Session 2 (60)
    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
    ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    GEO164 Earth System Processes

    Year 1 Session 3 (90) -  It is optional for students to undertake relevant studies in this semester.

    Year 2 Session 1 (30)
    PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
    PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
    Minor Selection
    Minor selection

    Year 2 Session 2 (60)
    ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    Minor Selection
    Minor Selection

    Year 2 Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake relevant studies in this semester.

    Year 3 Session 1 (30)
    PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
    ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
    PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
    Elective

    Year 3 Session 2 (60)
    PKM302 The Philosophy of Outdoor Education
    ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
    SCI302 International Practical Experience 2
    REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

    PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
    BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management
    PKM366 Site Survey Design
    PKM397 Heritage Site Management
    PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning
    BMS438 Clinical Bacteriology
    PKM266 Culture and Heritage
    BIO203 Animal Diversity
    BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management
    ENM101 People and the Environment

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Students apply through UAC or VTAC for on campus study. Distance education applications are made direct to CSU.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2015 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8768*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    3950*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN215051
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESAE
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113181
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISAE

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students selecting the Outdoor Recreation minor must satisfactorily complete 192 points including a 32 points specialisation. These specialisations are either:

    • 32 points of credit for completion of the TAFE Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation for the outdoor recreation specialisation.
    • 4 x 8 point subjects for the policy and planning specialisation

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

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    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    075526E (Albury-Wodonga)

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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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