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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Learn about natural and urban environments through your own personal engagement with outdoor environments. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Donald Gray

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course offers significant experiential learning outdoors in natural and urban environments, mainly around the campus. It is designed to bridge theory and practice relating to students own personal engagement with outdoor environments covering sensory awareness, disciplinary, ecological and creative perspectives.

Students will explore and critically examine both built and natural outdoor environments, taking account of historical, philosophical and psychological dimensions that impact on human (particularly child) development and implications for learning, health and well-being.
They will develop an understanding of key elements of some ecological systems, eg woodlands, to begin to build a knowledge base from which to draw for experiential enhancement of learning opportunities. This will be accompanied by an introduction to health and safety issues in outdoor settings and to begin to develop skills of risk assessment in working with varying age groups.
Opportunities to develop enquiry skills; presentation techniques, interpersonal and collaborative skills in professional contexts are offered.

Associated Costs

A nominal charge is required by students towards the cost of bus-hire for the outdoor learning fieldtrip.

Further Information & Notes

Students will be expected to focus on a key element of an outdoor environment and explore this with respect to learning in a specific curricular area.

Engagement with on-line discussion fora as well as outdoors experiential activities is expected.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Project Presentation (40%) and Individual essay 2,000 words (60%).

Resit: Failed criteria within the Individual essay.

Formative Assessment

Tutorial/workshop sessions will provide opportunity for student-student and student-tutor interaction. Formative assessment will be provided during this interaction and during student-led discussions and tutor-led tutorials.


Students will receive appropriate feedback in sufficient time to enable them to take action to improve their work either on a week to week basis as appropriate or within four weeks of handing in of written assessments in line with the policy of the School of Education. Appropriate feedback will be provided indicating how marks have been arrived at and what actions the student might take to improve on the work they have submitted in future.

Course Learning Outcomes


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