PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism (8)

This foundation subject introduces students to the concepts of outdoor recreation and adventure tourism. Students will learn about the differences between leisure, recreation and tourism, and examine the history and role of outdoor recreation and adventure tourism in our culture. They will also examine the structure and organisation, and current demand and trends in outdoor recreation and adventure tourism. There is no residential school associated with this subject. On completion students will have a broad understanding of the key concepts and theories related to outdoor recreation and adventure tourism.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PKM208. 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 conceptual understanding of tourism, leisure and recreation
  • have an understanding of the tourism system
  • have a critical understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the various components of the tourism system
  • understand the role and value of outdoor recreation, adventure and tourism to individuals and the nature of people who seek such experiences
  • be able to review and analyse the role of outdoor recreation and tourism in the Australian community


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The definition of leisure, recreation and tourism
  • The structure and development of the tourism industry
  • The tourism system, demand and supply factors, in relation to outdoor experiences
  • Sectors within the tourism industry and the special context of adventure tourism;
  • The history of outdoor and adventure tourism
  • The growth and development of visitation to the natural environment and current patterns and trends that have been established;
  • The role of outdoor experiences at the individual that influence individual choice and overall demand and satisfaction in going outdoors;
  • The role of government and the private sector in the providing these experiences and how they interact; and
  • The implications of encouraging adventure tourism on society and the environment

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PKM208 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online test
Essay 1
Essay 2

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.