SPOR06019 2022 Outdoor Recreation

General Details

Full Title
Outdoor Recreation
Transcript Title
Outdoor Recreation
75 %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Aileen Brennan, Kerry Larkin
Programme Membership
SG_BSPOR_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business SG_BAPPL_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business

This module is designed to provide students with an overview and appreciation of outdoor recreation, which includes outdoor activities, fundamental concepts, the natural environment and the use of outdoor recreation as an educational tool. Students will exit the subject with a range of practical skills such as route planning and navigation, outdoor team based development and the ability to design and run an orienteering programme.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe current influences, trends and developments in the outdoor recreation industry.


Identify issues associated with the management and development of outdoor recreation.


Use a range of outdoor practical skills with application in an educational setting.


Demonstrate a knowledge of the outdoor experience based on practical involvement.


Implement a health based outdoor recreation programme for the general population.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Fundamental concepts are introduced and illustrated through lectures. The understanding of students is tested and further enhanced through student centred learning exercises and interactive practical sessions. The application of theory to practice is facilitated through both teaching and practical based field experience. Within the module's theory and practical components a blended method of delivery is an option when suitable.

Module Assessment Strategies

Outdoor Health Enhancing Project:

  • The exercises are to be done outdoors (ie.Walking)
  • Develop a progressive programme
  • The student as the coach must guide their client through the programme
  • Students will instruct their client in the tasks
  • Students will monitor, evaluate and reflect on the experience in a written project

Learning Journal:

The journal allows for the student to capture their learning in one centralised location. This material can be used as a resource for teaching, guiding and team building. This material also provides a bank of evidence of work completed and can therefore be used when applying to complete future studies. This Journal will also capture the student’s own research which is relevant to the topic of outdoor recreation.

Repeat Assessments

  • Repeat Assignments may take the form of:

  • Essay
  • Project Work
  • Practical Work

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to Outdoor Recreation (1/2)

  • Define Outdoor Recreation.
  • Describe the various types of outdoor recreation.
  • Explain the role of outdoor recreation within the leisure industry.
  • Discuss the main purposes of outdoor recreation.
  • Summarise the historical background and development of outdoor recreation.
  • Participate in practical outdoor activities.

Outdoor Recreation Industry (1/2/4)

  • Identify current influences, trends and developments in the outdoor recreation industry.
  • Describe NGBs and government plans for the development of outdoor recreation.
  • Explain the structure and function of outdoor recreation organisations and governing bodies.
  • Explain legal and insurance considerations in the provision of outdoor recreation, public liability and duty of care.

Accessibility and Participation (1/3/4)

  • Identify the factors that affect participation in outdoor recreation.
  • Outdoor Recreation and Risk Management.
  • Explain the importance of facilities, equipment and programmes in providing opportunities for special needs participation in adventure activities.
  • Analyse the access issues that impact on the provision of outdoor recreation.

Coaching and leadership (1/3/4/5)

  • Identify the various pathways to personal career development and further education and training.
  • Demonstrate different coaching and leadership methods.
  • Team building theory and practice.

Natural Resource (1/2/4)

  • Illustrate the importance of natural facilities for an outdoor recreation facility.
  • Analyse the positive and negative environmental impacts of outdoor recreation.
  • Assess the main risks and hazards associated with involvement in adventure activity.
  • Outdoor Exercise and Mental Health.

Outdoor Education (1/3/4)

  • History
  • Irish Context
  • Theories of Outdoor Education
  • Best Practice

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reflective logbook/Team building Continuous Assessment Project 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3
2 Continuous Assessment Outdoor HEPA Programme and Practical Involvement Continuous Assessment Project 40 % OnGoing 4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Offsite Outdoor practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2020-10-06 Outdoor Therapies
ISBN 0367365707 ISBN-13 9780367365707

"Outdoor Therapies draws on the voices of leading international researchers and practitioners to present this collection of outdoor therapeutic practice descriptions, introducing readers to a broad spectrum of possibilities for human service professions. Sharing outdoor approaches ranging from garden therapy to wilderness therapy and from equine-assisted therapy to surf therapy, Harper and Dobud have drawn common threads from therapeutic practices utilizing nature and experiential activities to redefine the person-in-environment approach to human health and wellbeing. As an introduction to these outdoor therapies, readers will become aware of the possibilities and advantages of helping clients get the treatment, service, and care they need, 'outside' of a conventional office-based therapy approach. Providing readers with a range of approaches which can be used across a variety of practice settings and populations, this book is essential reading for students, practitioners, theorists, and researchers in counseling, social work, youth work, occupational therapy, and psychology"--

Required Reading
2019 Physical Activity in Natural Settings
ISBN 1138894311 ISBN-13 9781138894310

Exercise interactions with green and blue spaces offer low-cost, non-invasive solutions to public health challenges--particularly around mental health and obesity--and issues around environmental sustainability. Physical Activity in Natural Settings brings together multi-disciplinary, international research on physical activity, health and the natural environment, offering evidence-based guidance on implementing nature-based solutions at individual, patient and population levels. Divided over four sections, the book assesses the current research landscape, explores the underlying psychological and physiological mechanisms of the benefits of green exercise, details applied examples of physical activity in natural settings, and suggests future directions for research and practice. It features contributions from experts from around the world and covers topics including: Self-determination, nature and wellbeing Visual cognition and multisensory stimuli Nature's role in growing resilience Physical education and nature Mindfulness and green exercise Positive psychology and pro-environmental behaviour Timely and prescient, and showcasing real-life examples of green exercise prescription, Physical Activity in Natural Settings is fascinating and important reading for any students or researchers in the psychology or physiology of physical activity and health, physical education or outdoor studies, and policy-makers and health professionals.

Required Reading
2019-08 Research Methods in Outdoor Studies
ISBN 036718883X ISBN-13 9780367188832

Over the last two decades Outdoor Studies has emerged as an innovative and vibrant field of study. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive appraisal of established and cutting-edge research methods as applied to Outdoor Studies. Covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, the book examines key methodologies, themes and technologies such as digital research, mobile methodologies, ethnography, interviews, research design, research ethics and ways of disseminating research. Featuring contributions from leading researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, this is an essential text for any Outdoor Studies course or for researchers looking for innovative and creative research techniques.

Required Reading
2014-01-08 Outdoor Adventure Education Human Kinetics
ISBN 9781450442510 ISBN-13 145044251X

Outdoor Adventure Education: Foundations, Theories, Models, and Research steeps students in the theories, concepts, and developments of outdoor adventure education, preparing them for careers in this burgeoning field. This text is based on author Alan W. Ewerts pioneering book Outdoor Adventure Pursuits: Foundations, Models, and Theories. Ewert and Sibthorp, both experienced practitioners, researchers, and educators, explore the outdoor adventure field today in relation to the changes that have occurred since Ewerts first book. The authors present a comprehensive text on outdoor and adventure foundations, theories, and research that will provide the basis for the next generation of professionals.

Module Resources

Journal Resources
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Other Resources
  • Rain Jacket
  • Walking Boots
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Baseplate Compass
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