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Winter Outdoor & Alternative Environment Physical Education

Course Code: SPSC 1319
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this applied course students will participate in, plan, and implement a variety of aquatic and land based activities that are appropriate for elementary and high school students during Fall and Winter. Topics include risk assessment and management, organizational factors, environmental ethics, outdoor aquatic and land based activities, classroom-based activities and the development and utilization of different pedagogical strategies. An overnight trip is planned for this class.

Course Content

  1. Outdoor and alternative environment settings
    • aquatic settings
    • land-based settings
    • seasonal considerations
    • school-based alternatives
  2. Risk management
  3. Lesson and unit planning for outdoor and alternative environment settings
    • safety considerations
    • transportation planning
    • learning outcomes
    • equipment needs
    • planned activities
    • assessment and evaluation strategies
  4. Practical topic selection will depend on instructor experience, student experience, and availability of resources. The following is a partial list of possible alternative environment activities wherein students will participate as teachers and students with aim of implementing the knowledge and skills of effective outdoor and alternative environment education in a safe and exciting context.
    • Land-based examples
      • skiing
      • skating
      • snowshoeing
      • winter camping
      • snow caving
      • indoor rock climbing
      • velodrome cycling
    • Water-based examples
      • canoeing
      • kayaking
      • rafting
    • Aquatic examples
      • survival techniques
      • water games
      • diving
      • SCUBA
  5. Instructional Strategies
    • alternative teaching approaches
    • class management strategies
    • developmentally appropriate technical progressions
    • principles of effective instruction seasonal planning

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Discussion groups
  • Practical applications and experiences
  • Field observation
  • Technology assisted learning

Means of Assessment

The following four areas represent the learning outcome categories of the course. Each area will be assessed in a way that allows the learning outcomes to be demonstrated by the student.

  1. Professionalism and Personal Movement Competence (up to 25%)
    • observation, demonstration, preparatory and in-class work.
  2. Activity  Knowledge (up to 30%)
    • quizzes, midterm and final exam, report, or presentation.
  3. Risk Management and Planning ability (up to 30%)
    • quizzes, midterm and final exam, report, or presentation.
  4. Instructional Knowledge and Skill (up to 30%)
    • creation of lesson plan, activity outline, demonstration of instructional skills.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Design an outdoor activity lesson including the following components:
    • risk management and safety considerations
    • learning outcomes
    • equipment needs
    • planned activities
    • assessment and evaluation considerations.
  2. Analyze an outdoor or alternative environment plan/organization with regard to:
    • risk management and safety considerations
    • learning outcomes
    • equipment needs
    • planned activities
    • assessment and evaluation options.
  3. Demonstrate satisfactory supervisory skills during outdoor and alternative environment activities
  4. Identify a number of relevant outdoor and alternative environment locations and organizational resources available for the relevant age group of teacher’s students.
  5. Basic personal movement competence in the chosen activities
  6. Identify through an “ethics of care” appropriate environmental concerns and demonstrate low environmental impact strategies.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.

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