Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

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Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

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Program offered from Semester 1 2017

Program summary

Share your love of outdoor recreation and nature with others

Our society is becoming more sedentary and disconnected from nature. In this program, you’ll develop the skills to work with people, engaging them in more active lifestyles and helping them to connect with and appreciate nature.

This program is the only one of its kind in Queensland and gives you a broad, versatile education in sport coaching, physical education teaching, outdoor environmental studies, and health education. In addition, it offers the flexibility to tailor your studies to your personal interests and career ambitions. You can select from a wide range of elective courses in complementary areas such as tourism, leisure and event management; sustainability or animal ecology - imagine the opportunities this opens up.

You will also select a minor in Geography, Maths, English or History giving you the discipline studies needed if you choose to enrol in a teaching qualification either concurrently with the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) as a double degree program. If you would prefer to complete your teaching qualifications later, through postgraduate studies, you also have the options of a minor in Biology, Drama or Chemistry minors in addition to Geography, Maths, English or History.

You will participate in more than 25 outdoor environmental studies fieldwork days in the Sunshine Coast area including Fraser Island and you will study an innovative four-course minor culminating with an expedition and leadership experiences.

During your studies you will learn to coach a range of sports, recreational activities, adventure activities, and outdoor environmental education activities and develop your expertise in experiential, active learning and teaching strategies. This program will also equip you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to journey safely with participants in a range of natural environments and to study the relationships that humans have with nature.

Post-admission requirements

Students need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the program. If they have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect their potential participation in some of the practical components of the program, they are invited to discuss their options with the program coordinator.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you can pursue work with secondary schools, private colleges, outdoor/environmental education centres, universities or private companies/businesses.

  • Outdoor leader

  • Outdoor guide

  • Sports coach

  • Outdoor recreation officer

  • Environmental interpretation guide

  • Adventure tourism guide

  • Ecotourism guide

Membership

Potential registration with the National Outdoor Recreation Leadership Scheme.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Program structure

Introductory courses (4)

COR109 Communication and Thought
OES100 Outdoor Living and Travel Skills
OES101 Foundations of Outdoor Environmental Studies
SPX102 Introduction to Coaching Science 

Health and Physical Education major (8)

OES240 Leading Groups in Outdoor Environments
OES300 Fraser Island Expedition*
OES301 Leading Coastal Environmental Studies*
PUB104 Introduction to Behavioural Health
SPX101 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science
SPX222 Sport and Exercise Psychology
SPX361 Physical Education Studies A
SPX362 Physical Education Studies B

* Not offered until Semester 2, 2018, subject to final approval

Minor courses (4)

Biology**
Chemistry**
Drama
English
Geography
History
Mathematical Studies

Elective courses (8)

Select 8 elective courses from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering)

**Biology minor and Chemistry minor students must use an elective course to complete a prerequisite, in their first year of study.

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in program structure
  • Complete no more then 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses, including the core course
  • You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
  • Complete 25 days Outdoor Environmental Fieldwork on Fraser Island and other natural environments on the Sunshine Coast

In order to commence Supervised Professional Experience placement you must:

  • Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state/territory authority)
  • Travel to attend field education placements
  • A Blue Card is required, refer to Requirements for placements
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Students will need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the program. If you have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect your potential participation in some of the practical components of the program, you are invited to discuss your options with the program coordinator
  • Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s) 

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?

Exceptions

The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
More information

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students
Step 1 - Enrol in our courses
Step 2 - Select your class times
How to enrol once Class selection has opened
Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students
New students
Plan your study
Confirm your enrolment
More information

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: Enrolling in courses incurs fees, so only enrol in courses you intend to study. If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time for it (step 2) or drop it from your enrolment by census date, you'll still be charged for the course.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

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