BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure 1. Awarding institution Version 4.1 University College Plymouth St Mark & St John 2. Teaching institution University College Plymouth St Mark & St John 3. Programme validated by University College Plymouth St Mark & St John Programme status Validated date Validation end date Mode of delivery Validated 01-Sep-09 01-Sep-14 Full or Part Time Delivery location UCP Marjon 4. Final award BA (Hons) credits: 360 including minor subject 5. Programme title and subject(s) Outdoor Adventure Amended 'valid to date' to 01/09/14 following OUTOUT validation - hence new version (v3). 6. UCAS / GTTR Code(s) N8C6 Outdoor Adventure with Applied Sports Science & Coaching N8LM Outdoor Adventure with Community Practice N8N9 Outdoor Adventure with Management X3N2 Outdoor Adventure with Sports Development 7. QAA subject benchmarking group(s) Outdoor Adventure as a subject does not at present have subject specific Benchmarks to adhere to. Outdoor Adventure is a subject within the subject group of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism, QAA Unit 25. The programme has taken full account of the generic subject group Benchmark statements and more specifically the Leisure Benchmark statements. Outdoor Adventure is to be found within the Leisure section. Details of the Benchmark statements can be found on the QAA website www.qaa.ac.uk/crntwork/benchmark/hospitality.pdf http:/www.qaa.ac.uk/crntwork/benchmark/benchmark.htm http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/benchmark/default.asp 8. Accrediting professional body 9. Other external reference points QAA Key Skills Documents: SPRITO: Health and Safety Executive; Adventure Activities Licensing Authority; National Governing Bodies; QCA: The Institute of Outdoor Learning 10. Special entry requirements There are no special entry requirements. The normal entry requirements are passes in at least two different A level subjects, two AS levels are equivalent to one A level. This award welcomes applications from non-standard and mature applicants. 11. Location of work based learning 12. Date of production/revision Outdoor Adventure: v 4.1 2 13. Programme aims The programme proposes to offer to the students: ·a rigorous intellectual programme of study in the cognate areas of outdoor adventure, developing students subject knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, subject related practical/leadership skills and transferable key skills, through academic and applied experience which develops their theoretical and practical ·an in-depth understanding and analysis of outdoor adventure, its antecedents, social, psychological and physical benefits of participation, educational potential, environmental concerns, spirituality, in total the many different facets of this multi- dimensional subject area. ·the opportunity to develop their interest in outdoor adventure and gain experience to develop effective leadership and management skills in their chosen field able to respond to the changing needs of outdoor adventure at local, regional and national level. ·the necessary preparation to undertake research and develop research skills, by the encouragement of analytical thinking, through a variety of learning modes. ·transferable skills that will be useful to them before and after graduation (e.g. effective word processing, effective writing, interactive communication skills, search and research skills, critical thinking, and the ability to understand unfamiliar points of view). ·the opportunities to gain recognised National Governing Body Awards. It is expected that students should work towards at least one National Governing Body Coaching Award. ·the ability to develop a greater awareness of the world of work in outdoor adventure. ·Working with, through and for the natural environment in a way that benefits all, targeting realistic career goals based on their involvement and modular choice within the subject 14. Programme outcomes Intellectual Abilities A student will be able to: 1. knowledge, critical understanding and experience of theories, concepts, principles and cultural contexts applicable to the study of outdoor 2. the ability to analyse and reflect upon the environment in which outdoor adventure takes place; 3. the ability to review and analyse the political and economic factors which affect the supply of and demand for outdoor adventure; 4. write, critique and further develop programmes to meet the outdoor adventure needs of specific communities; Outdoor Adventure: v 4.1 3 5. critically reflect upon the role of governing bodies, organisations and the structures that are in place for the training of practitioners and promotion of outdoor adventure; 6. to understand research and demonstrate research skills, through analytical thinking and reflection on the outdoor experience. 7. to demonstrate the necessary generic and transferable skills, acquired through practice, observation and analysis, to deliver and reflect upon the outdoor adventure experience 8. Modules: OUTC01; OUTC02; OUTC03; 0UTC04; ASCD01; OUTD05; OUTD06; OUTD07; OUTD08; OUTD09; OUTD10; PHID08; SPLHD1/2; OUTH02; OUTH03; 0UTH04; OUTH05; SPDH05. Teaching and Learning The teaching and learning methods used to enable these outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated include, as appropriate, a selection from: Lectures (1-7) Presentations (1-7) Seminars (1-7) Work-based learning activities (2-5 & 7) Independent Study ((1-7) Practicals (2,3,5,7) Assessment The assessment methods used to enable these outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated include, as appropriate, a selection from: Essays (1-7) Practical Performance (2,5.7) Portfolio (1-7) Examinations (1-7) Reports (1-7) Presentations (1-7) Critical Review (1-7) Dissertation (1-7) Core Academic Skills A student will have demonstrated: 8. The ability to develop argument and discussions showing originality and insight; 9. The ability to draw upon a range of perspectives; 10. The ability to exercise judgement and evaluation; 11. The ability to articulate a structured and coherent argument. Outdoor Adventure: v 4.1 4 Teaching and Learning Methods The teaching and learning methods used to enable these outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated include, as appropriate, a selection from: Lectures (8-11) Presentations (8-11) Seminars (8-11) Work-based learning activities (8-11) Independent Study (8-11) Practicals (9,10) Assessment The assessment methods used to enable these outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated include, as appropriate, a selection from: Essays (8-11) Practicals (9,10) Portfolio (8-11) Examinations (8-11) Reports (8-11) Presentations (8-11) Critical Review (8-11) Dissertation (8-11) Key Attributes and Skills A student will have demonstrated: 12. The necessary generic and transferable skills, acquired through practice, observation and analysis, to deliver and reflect upon the outdoor adventure 13. Effective word processing, effective writing, interactive communication skills, search and research skills, critical thinking, and the ability to undertand unfamilair points of view; 14. The ability to coach in at least once discipline at the minimum level of an appropriate National Governing Body Coaching Award. Teaching and Learning Methods The teaching and learning methods used to enable these outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated include, as appropriate, a selection from: Lectures (12,13) Presentations (12,13) Seminars (12,13) Work-based learning activities (12,13) Independent Study (12,13) Practicals (12,14) Outdoor Adventure: v 4.1 5 Assessment The assessment methods used to enable these outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated include, as appropriate, a selection from: Essays (12,13) Practical Performance (12,14) Portfolio (12,13) Examinations (12,13) Reports (12,13) Presentations (12,13) Critical Review (12,13) Dissertation (12,13) All modules are supported by a Module Guide. This includes details of lectures, independent reading, student weekly tasks and assessment details through the assignment briefs. Teaching, learning and assessment develops from Level C – H where a wide range of student centred approaches are used. Certificate Level is an introductory level. Major students will normally take four 20 credit modules, minor students will normally take 2 20 credit modules, where assessment is set at 5000 words or equivalent. Intermediate Level gives the student the opportunity to build upon the knowledge and skills introduced at level one, offering increased challenge and a greater emphasis on the autonomy of the learner. All modules offered at level two are 20 credit modules, the assessment is set at 5000 words or equivalent. Honours Level provides an increased intellectual challenge and develops the students potential in managerial and organisational capacities. It emphasises independent learning, experiential learning, and strategic management thinking. All modules offered at level three are 20 credit modules, the assessment is set at 5000 words or equivalent. The dissertation is 2 x 20 credits and is set at 10,000 Confirmation and Conformity with Subject Bench Marks A typical honours graduate in Leisure will be able to demonstrate the ability to: understand, critically evaluate and reflect on issues of lifestyle, consumption and culture as they affect people's leisure lives: ·demonstrate an ability to synthesise inter-disciplinary approaches to issues of consumption and consumerism in leisure markets; ·critically reflect on the impact of leisure in the lives of individuals and analyse barriers to participation such as aspects of age, gender, disability etc.; ·evaluate the importance of cultural and other diversities in developing access to participation in leisure by specific target groups. Modules – OUTC01; OUTC02; OUTC03; OUTC04; ASCD01; OUTD05; OUTD09; OUTD10; OUTH04; OUTH05; SPDH05. Outdoor Adventure: v 4.1 6 understand the social, political, economic and physical contexts of leisure and analyse the impact of these upon leisure theories: ·critically evaluate the notion of praxis derived from generic disciplines and apply these to a specific leisure context; ·analyse and reflect upon the environment in which leisure operations take place; ·review and analyse the political and economic factors which affect the supply of, and demands for, leisure; ·critically reflect on the nature of policies for leisure across sectoral and administrative boundaries; ·critically evaluate the role and impact of global and local leisure structures and organisations. Modules – OUTC01; OUTC02; OUTC04; OUTD05; OUTD06; OUTD07; OUTD09; OUTD10; OUTH04; OUTH05. utilise, and understand the impact of rationales, sources and assumptions embedded in policy, planning and delivery mechanisms in a leisure context: ·operationalise concepts of social, public and business policy and critically analyse their role in leisure supply; ·possess the skills to write and critique leisure plans, development plans and to recognise and meet the leisure needs of specific communities; ·critically reflect upon the role of those organisations and structures charged with a responsibility for the promotion of leisure or the training of practitioners in leisure i.e. QUANGOS, NTOs etc. Modules – SPLD01; OUTD06; OUTH04, 2 & 3; SPDH05. employ a range of 'leisure specific' facilitation skills in the promotion of professional practice: ·critically reflect upon what it means to work in leisure; ·evaluate the impact and role of leisure events in everyday life; ·demonstrate the skills necessary both to deliver and reflect upon a leisure experience aimed at a specific group, for example an event or a competition. Modules – OUTC01, 2, 3 & 4; ASCD01; OUTD06, 1, 5, 7; PHID02; OUTH04, 2 & 3; SPLHD1 & 2; SPDH05. (p14, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism, Quality Assurance Agency 2000.) 15. Programme structures and requirements For levels, modules, credits and awards see section 21 The Combined (Honours) is a full-time, College-based programme studied over 3 years, within which students study a major subject and a minor subject. The programme is divided into units of study called modules, which have a credit rating of 20 CATS points. Outdoor Adventure: v 4.1 7 The equivalent of six 20 credit modules are studied each year. In year 1 (Certificate level) students usually study the equivalent of four 20 credit modules in their major subject and the equivalent of two 20 credit modules in their minor subject. In year 2 (Intermediate level) students study at least three 20 credit modules in their major subject and at least two 20 credit modules in their minor subject. In year three (Honours level) students must study at least three 20 credit modules in their major subject and one 20 credit module in their minor subject. The Combined Honours programme may also be studied on a part-time basis over a maximum period of 5-6 years. Outdoor Adventure is offered as a major and minor subject route. Students who have successfully completed the equivalent of six 20 credit Certificate level modules (120 CATS points) but do not wish to continue their studies are eligible for the award of the College Certificate of Higher Education. Students who have successfully completed the equivalent of twelve 20 credit modules, including a minimum of six at Intermediate level (240 CATS points) as part of the Combined Honours Degree programme but do not wish to continue their studies are eligible for the College award of the Diploma of Higher Education. In accordance with the requirements of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), published in January 2001 in The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the awards correspond to the following levels in the national qualifications framework: H = Honours degree I = Diplomas in Higher Education C = Certificates in Higher Education 16. Support for students and for student learning Academic support is provided by: module leaders and tutors personal tutors tutorial staff, including Subject Heads, Academic Counsellor and Programmes Leader Learning Development Service induction programme programme and subject handbooks and module guidance sheets library and study skills guidance material extensive library and other learning resources and facilities The College provides the following pastoral support: counselling service careers advice accommodation welfare advice nursery Chaplaincy disability support financial advice 17. Regulation of assessment The pass mark for all modules is 40% for coursework, examinations and practical assignments. The criteria for assessing assignments are published in advance. They are based on College guidelines about what students are expected to achieve at each level of their programme Outdoor Adventure: v 4.1 8 of study. An overview of assessment details is provided in the Subject Handbook and a full assessment brief provided within Module Guidance Sheets. To qualify for the award of Honours Degree, students must complete all the programme requirements and must pass all modules. The marks for each module are weighted according to the credit weighting and level of the module. The marks from Intermediate and Honours Levels modules only will contribute to the final classification of the degree. The general relationship of marks to degree classification is as follows: First Class 70-100 Upper Second 60-69 Lower Second 50-59 Third Class 40-49 Fail 0-39 18. Quality and standards Quality Indicators QAA Subject Review for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism took place in October 2001. A grade of 22 was Achieved from a possible 24. Quality Assurance BA (Hons) Programmes, BA (Hons) Progress Board or Final Board of Examiners. Subject Board – Outdoor Adventure Subject review mechanisms – Modules – Student Module Evaluation Forms Module Review Subject – Module Reports Staff-Student Liaison Committee Subject Report Quality Enhancement: Good practice will be identified and disseminated through: Staff-Student Liaison Committees Staff Team meetings External Examiners Report Advisory Panel meetings The College is an accredited ‘Investor in People’. This national standard confirms the College’s commitment to developing the potential of all its employees. 19. Distance learning N/A 20. Summary assessment scheme with glossary of terms Glossary of Terms A variety of assessment methods are used that emphasis theory/practice links throughout the programme. These include: Outdoor Adventure: v 4.1 9 Case Study An analysis of a real-life example within the field. Coaching Practical Assessment of individual, or group, coaching session focusing on communication skills, preparation, organisation, delivery and coaching ability. Computer Practical A review of computer competency and practical work, often including analysis of results/data obtained. Critical Review A critique of a selected text or activity. Dissertation An in depth study of 10,000 words following a topic of your choice. Essay (timed or not) A written response to a question based on synthesis and analysis. Extended Essay Result of Independent Study culminating in a 5,000 word essay. Formal Examination This usually takes the form of essay questions which are undertaken under exam conditions. Times Tests and Timed Essays are assessed under exam conditions. Examinations may be Seen or Unseen. Literature Review A review of work written on a selected topic. Personal Practical Performance Practical performance measured against set criteria using recognised guidelines or national awards. Planning Assignment A plan of an activity which will be evaluated, analysed and possibly implemented. e.g. outdoor adventure programming and expedition planning. Portfolios A compilation of evidence of student’s achievement, including major pieces of their work, feedback comments from tutors and reflective analysis by the student. Practical assignment A review of practical work and an analysis of the results/levels obtained. Presentation/Poster Presentation A verbal delivery assessing communication skills, audio/visual skills and knowledge of a selected topic. Presentation of data/information/critical analysis in a visual ‘poster’ format to include brief verbal delivery and defence of questions posed on the topic specific to the information contained in the poster. Assesses knowledge of selected topic and communication skills. Report/Evaluative Report A structured written response to an event or activity which evaluates and assesses the processes and outcomes and makes recommendations. e.g. Fieldwork and expedition write up. 21. Associated modules (current) Co Code Status Type Date From Date To 1 OUTC01 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Experiential Learning: Outdoor Adventure Land Skills 2 OUTC02 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Experiential Learning: Outdoor Adventure Water Skills 3 OUTC03 Validated Compulsory 01/Sep/2008 Personal and Social Development Through Outdoor Adventure 4 OUTC04 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Journeying in Adventurous Environments 5 OUTC05 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 The Nature and Scope of the Outdoor Industry Adventure 6 OUTC07 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Learning Lenses: Focus On Outdoor Adventure Environments 7 ASCD01 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Coaching Theory and Methods 8 OUTD05 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Outdoor Adventure Journeys in a Water Environment 9 OUTD06 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Creativity in the Outdoors 10 OUTD07 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2005 River Environments 11 OUTD08 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2005 Mountains: Environment & Society 12 OUTD09 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Outdoor Adventure Journeys in the Mountains 13 OUTD10 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2005 Sustainability in Outdoor Adventure Environments 14 OUTD11 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Applied Outdoor Learning 15 OUTD12 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Recreation, Landscape and Sustainability 16 OUTD13 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Disability Awareness within Outdoor Adventure 17 SPLD01 Validated Compulsory 01/Sep/2008 Approaching Research 18 SPLD02 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Work-based Learning 19 SPLDIM Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Independent Study Module 20 GEOH06 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Monitoring Environmental Change 21 OUTH01 Validated Optional 29/Sep/2006 Outdoor Adventure - Programme Management 22 OUTH02 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Outdoor Adventure Education Focus on Young People 23 OUTH03 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Outdoor Adventure and Development Training 24 OUTH04 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 The Outdoor Practitioner 25 OUTH05 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Adventure Tourism 26 OUTH06 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2005 Alpine Environments 27 OUTH07 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Advancing Outdoor Skills 28 OUTH08 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Upland Environments 29 SPDH05 Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Sport and Disability 30 SPLHD1 Validated Compulsory 01/Sep/2008 Dissertation part one 31 SPLHD2 Validated Compulsory 01/Sep/2008 Dissertation part two 32 SPLHIM Validated Optional 01/Sep/2008 Independent Study Module Document Title Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Document Reference BAxOUTxxx Version 4.1 Issuing Authority University College Plymouth St Mark & St John Owner Faculty of Sport, Media and Creative Arts Author Head of Subject Document Date 01/09/09 Last Amended 17/03/10 Sensitivity Unclassified Circulation Open Publication Effective from 01/09/09 Review Date 31/08/14 Effective until 31/08/14 History 11/01/10: version 3 updated to remove all GEO content and updated module info / layout. (JC) 17/03/10: version 2 updated: Entered hyperlinks for the modules and amended associated module dates. (JC).