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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Adventure Activities
Module Code SS244
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Kevin O'Brien
Semester 2: Kevin O'Brien
Autumn: Kevin O'Brien
Module TeachersKevin O'Brien
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is designed to prepare you to set up, teach, supervise, facilitate, and personally enjoy a variety of adventure and outdoor activities. This is a “hands-on” experience in which you will have the major responsibility for your own learning. It is essential in outdoor adventure settings to be able to work collaboratively. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate your ability to work in a team-oriented environment. We will focus on both the “science” of education and leadership as well as the practical considerations of teaching and leadership. The emphasis throughout is that you become skilled at determining risk, both physical and emotional of participants, and developing appropriate safety measures to deal with them while providing a fun environment that provides participants the opportunity to learn and grow.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Outdoor and Adventure education philosophy (e.g. risk, challenge, problem-solving, cooperation, and trust).
2. Demonstrate skill at developing lessons that reflect outdoor adventure concepts based on the syllabi of Outdoor and Adventure Activities for post-primary education (JCPE & SCPE).
3. Gain experience, knowledge, understanding, and skills in a variety of outdoor adventure activities (i.e. orienteering, camping, hiking, and climbing) that can be implemented in a school setting.
4. Build a broad knowledge base of activities and the ability to improvise and adapt them to diverse populations. In doing this, you will also learn to utilize the proper resources (both local and distant) in order to effectively provide worthwhile activities
5. Demonstrate the following transferable skills: group work skills, problem solving, communication, leadership, and observational skills

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12No Description
Laboratory36No Description
Independent Study77No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The philosophy underpinning Outdoor and Adventure Activities

An examination of a justification and rationale for teaching Outdoor and Adventure Activities.

Problem-solving activities and management.

Dealing with safety and risk issues.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentTeaching assessment40%n/a
AssignmentResource assignment15%n/a
Group project Orienteering assignment15%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Bunting, C.J.: 2006, Interdisciplinary teaching through outdoor education., Human Kinetics,
  • Ewert, A.W. and Sibthorp, J.: 2014, Outdoor adventure education: Foundations, theory, and research., Human Kinetics.,
  • Lund, J. and Tannehill, D.: 2014, Standards-based physical education curriculum development., Jones & Bartlett Publishers.,
  • Harris, I.: 2000, The Development of the ‘self concept’ of secondary school pupils through short-term residential outdoor education experiences, Horizons, Issue 2,
  • DES: 1989, Safety in Outdoor Education, HMSO,
  • Glover, D. and Midura, D.,: 1992, Team Building through Physical Challenge, Human Kinetic,
  • Glover, D. and Midura, D.: 1995, More Team Building Challenges, Human Kinetics,
  • McNeil, C., Cory-Wright, J. and Renfrew, T.: 1998, Teaching Orienteering, Human Kinetics,
  • Oglivie, K.: 1993, Teaching and Managing Groups in the Outdoors, HMSO,
  • McNeil, C. and Renfrew, T.: 1991, Orienteering, the skills of the games, Harveys,
Other Resources

59988, Tannehill, D. and Dillon, M., 2009, A handbook of ideas: Teaching adventure education., University of Limerick: Physical Education Association of Ireland., 59989, PurplePen, 0, Course setting software for orienteering, http://purple-pen.org/,
Programme or List of Programmes
PEBB.Sc Physical Education with Biology
PEMBSc in Physical Education with Maths.

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