PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design (8)

Outdoor recreation and ecotourism includes activities that often require a range of facilities such as tracks, camping areas, open space and passive recreational spaces. This subject builds on existing knowledge in recreation or ecotourism to investigate the philosophy and background information associated with the design of ecotourism  and outdoor recreation developments. The subject aims to take students from an appreciation of the historical dimension of recreation/ecotourism design, through the philosophical dimensions of sustainability, to the design and development of a facility and its surrounding environment, as well as the formalised business planning requirements. There is no residential school associated with this subject. On completion, students apply initiative, sound judgment and problem solving skills to address a range of problems and issues associated with the design of outdoor recreation and ecotourism facilities.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PKM364. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have broad and coherent understanding of outdoor recreation and ecotourism facilities and how people use these resources
  • be able to critically assess some factors influencing the application of sustainable design in real situations
  • have the ability to analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and data on sustainable design of facilities to make appropriate management decisions
  • have a variety of specialised planning skills associated with the design of outdoor recreation and ecotourism facilities
  • have the ability to use initiative, sound judgement and problem solving skills to address a range of problems and issues associated with the design and use of outdoor recreation and ecotourism facilities


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical orientation to recreation/ecotourism planning and design
  • Sustainability in design
  • The use of "green" technologies
  • Design sensitivity in natural environments
  • Site selection and planning
  • Access considerations
  • The planning process
    1. - Amenity planning and specification for day-use areas, camping areas, trails, signage, design for children/aged/disabled, interpretation
    2. - Feasibility assessment - financial feasibility
    3. - The business plan
    4. Ethical and the law


    Current Students

    For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

    Prospective Students

    For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

    The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.