REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism (8)

This subject deals with the theory, practice and management of guiding for ecotourism, adventure tourism and related recreation activities. It builds on existing knowledge of interpretation, environmental education and outdoor recreation to focus on personal heritage and environmental interpretation techniques and interpersonal communication.The subject has no residential school. On completion, students are able to plan and deliver effective interpretive guided activities and programs.


Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: REC302. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Students who have completed REC301 or REC400 cannot enrol in REC302

Incompatible Subjects

REC301, REC400

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an in-depth understanding of the roles of an interpretive guide
  • have the ability to verbally present clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge in an entertaining way to a variety of audiences
  • the ability to apply a range of cognitive and technical skills to plan design and deliver an effective interpretive guided activity and interpretive guided programs
  • have the ability to use initiative, imagination, judgement and problem solving skills to create effective interpretive guided activities and programs


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Interpretive Guiding
    1. Topic 1: What do Guides do?
    2. Planning in interpretive guiding
      1. Topic 1: Introduction
      2. Topic 2: Planning the pre-trip experience
      3. Topic 3: Planning an interpretive activity
      4. Leadership in Interpretive guiding
        1. Topic 1: Introduction
        2. Topic 2: The role of organiser
        3. Topic 3: The role of group leader
        4. Topic 4: The role of motivator
        5. Module 4: The mediator role
          1. Topic 1: The role of the educator
          2. Topic 2: The role of the interpreter
          3. Topic 3: The role of entertainer
          4. Module 5: Management and administration
            1. Topic 1: Business ethics
            2. Topic 2: Programming
            3. Topic 3: Funding/pricing
            4. Topic 4: Human resource issues
            5. Topic 5: Monitoring and evaluation
            6. Module 6: Licensing and accreditation
              1. Topic 1: Introduction
              2. Topic 2: Codes of Practice
              3. Topic 3: Accreditation
              4. Topic 4: Licensing

              Indicative Assessment

              The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of REC302 in Session 2 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 %
              Assessment 1: essay
              Assessment 2: report
              Assessment 3: 5 minute interpretive talk
              Assessment 4a: activity plan
              Assessment item 4b: conducting a guided activity
              Assessment 4c: activity evaluation

              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.