Outdoor and Adventure Education Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Accepting Applications for September 2018

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
ODE
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$3,252.88 per semester*
International:
$9,123.95 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

APST 75
Units/ Hours: 75

In this course, students will experience training and certification in several outdoor adventure skills. Students will also have the opportunity to receive certifications in the following: ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 4 certification (16 hours), Wilderness and Primitive Skills (2 days), Certified Hike Leader (7 hours). Course will a include field trips to go wilderness hiking, white-water kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking. Course will include a fitness training component.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

APST 76
Units/ Hours: 52

In this course, students will learn and have an opportunity to experience skills related to successful outdoor adventure participation. Students will be given a chance to apply trip planning and leadership skills as they relate to proper clothing selection, personal hygiene, group dynamics, risk management and food organization and preparation using both fires and cook stove. The students will be given an opportunity to complete their ORCKA Canoe Tripping 1 or 2 certification through a 3 night-4 day flatwater canoe trip.

TOUR 42
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students learn personal and interpersonal skills transferable to adventure programs and trips. Students examine leadership theory, acquire group management and decision making skills and apply this knowledge to the area of adventure leadership. Self-awareness and developing sound leadership judgement will be emphasized. Outdoor skill teaching and group facilitation are other key skills developed through experiential applications in class and outdoors.

FREC 2
Units/ Hours: 45

The growth of trail-oriented creation in the past 25 years has been phenomenal. The increase in population and the popularity of walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling has led to an ever increasing demand for trails. This course will provide students with knowledge and basic skills in the design and construction of a variety of recreational trails. Design principles such as trail standards, configuration, and master planning will be taught in lectures. Trail construction and maintenance techniques taught in the lab, such as hand tools, slope determination, and type of tread material.

TOUR 39
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students will learn some of the skills required for a successful outdoor adventure expedition including strategies related to gear preparation, selection and organization, route planning, map reading skills, trip budgeting, clothing selection, weather prediction, menu planning and food preparation. Field experiences will provide opportunities for practice and assessment of practical outdoor trip planning skills.

Semester 2

APST 78
Units/ Hours: 60

This course includes several opportunities for students to develop certification and training in key areas of outdoor leadership. Students will be able to attain certification in Bronze Cross Life Saving. In addition, Wilderness First Aid and an Ice Safety and Rescue training will be offered. These certifications will add to the repertoire of certifications from Semester 1 to give the students a solid base of technical skills in outdoor adventure pursuits.

Pre-Requisites
ECOS 13
Units/ Hours: 60

This course will focus on three areas of study: identification, field and lab skills. Students will identify and classify the living and non-living components of the specific ecosystems described in the Ecology and Environment (ENVR 20) course. Field skills to be developed include the ability to navigate through the natural environment and use a variety of ecosystem inventory techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on safe work habits in lab and field.

TOUR 40
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces theoretical and practical applications to dealing with risk in the outdoor adventure industry. Accident theories, perceived and inherent risk, duty of care and negligence are studied. The Canadian legal system, liability, waivers and releases and insurance will be looked at from a broad adventure industry perspective while risk identification, mitigation, managing emergency response and documentation are covered from a leader's perspective.

APST 122
Units/ Hours: 40

The Outdoor Programming Camp is hosted by Tim Horton's Memorial Camp near Parry Sound, Ontario. During the public school's March Break, Outdoor Adventure students will experience an intense week of winter programming as a counselor and program organizer supporting by Tim Horton's senior staff and Fleming faculty. Student pairs will work with up to 8 children, 9-12 years old for 7 days. Pre-camp training includes camp policies briefing and counseling skills training.

TOUR 41
Units/ Hours: 30

This course provides an overview of tourism and trends in Adventure Tourism. Students will explore the components of risk and adventure, market segments, natural and human adapted environments meeting the needs of the Adventure tourist. Exploration of ecotourism and adventure tourism providers will also be included in the course.

APST 77
Units/ Hours: 52

In this course, students will experience a guided winter field trip with an emphasis and skills of cold weather camping and outdoor winter pursuits. This experiential credit provides an opportunity for development of winter skills including shelter building, dressing for winter activity, backcounty skiing and snowshoeing. The students will experience an excellent model of winter outdoor program delivery that is both challenging and enjoyable.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 3

TOUR 50
Units/ Hours: 52

Students will learn to be proficient in the use of topographical map, compass and GPS for on the spot and pre-trip planning. In addition students will advance their backcountry menu planning and food preparation skills as well as technical knowledge of gear related to outdoor pursuits.

Pre-Requisites
TOUR 59
Units/ Hours: 30

In this course, students will learn how to provide excellent customer service skills for work as adventure business or tourism employees. Topics include basic customer service skills, etiquette, diversity, conflict resolution, dealing with customer concerns and complaints and how to deal with difficult clients.

APST 112
Units/ Hours: 70

In this course, students will continue to learn and have an opportunity to experience skills related to a multiday sea kayaking trip. Students will apply trip planning and leadership skills as they relate to proper clothing selection, personal hygiene, group dynamics, risk management and food organization and preparation. The students will be given an opportunity to obtain their Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak certification.

Pre-Requisites
TOUR 51
Units/ Hours: 40

This course will look at the historical and theoretical concepts related to adventure education, outdoor learning, and the connection to adventure based learning. The classroom learning environment will model the adventure based learning process.

TOUR 52
Units/ Hours: 52

This experiential course will offer several certification and training opportunities. These could include a multiday backpacking trip, rock climbing, moving water canoeing (tandem and solo) and advanced survival skills and edible wilds courses.

Pre-Requisites
TOUR 55
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide learners with a general direction in which adventure educators might travel in search for insight and resources for their task of outdoor teaching. The course will cover some theory and practice with practical issues and methods being utilized. The key to the instructional course is developing specific techniques useful for enhancing learning.

Pre-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 4

TOUR 56
Units/ Hours: 45

This course bridges the arts and sciences of both nature connection and nature interpretation. Along with developing identification, interpretation, and nature awareness skills, students will also learn techniques for applying these in the workforce and effectively teaching clients about the outdoors. Fields of study include: natural hazards and safety around them, tree, plant, mammal and bird studies, wildlife observation, interpretive tracking, deep nature connection practices and mentoring techniques and activities.

Pre-Requisites
TOUR 60
Units/ Hours: 30

ENVR 64
Units/ Hours: 45

This course brings the technical language of natural science into terms, ideas and relationships that people can readily understand. This particular communication skill educates in an entertaining and engaging manner.

TOUR 53
Units/ Hours: 30

Students will design, deliver and engage in team building, communication exercises and other group development strategies from the perspective of the program leader. Strategies learned will give students the tools to maximize learning in an adventure setting.

Pre-Requisites
TOUR 54
Units/ Hours: 52

Outdoor Pursuits II will include certification in Advanced Wilderness First Aid and train the trainer courses in Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing. Early spring courses include Basic Canoe Instructor or High Ropes Instructor Level 1 or the traditional skill of moccasin making.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 209
Units/ Hours: 80

This course is designed to allow students an opportunity to obtain program-related experience while working independently off-campus in the public or private sectors domestically or internationally. It will also provide students with an opportunity to apply existing knowledge and gain new insights into organizations whose primary focus and core business model includes outdoor adventure education. Students will be required to seek a placement location of their choice and then apply to the course faculty for approval.

APST 113
Units/ Hours: 60

In this course, students will have the opportunity to organize and execute a multi-day winter camping trip. This will involve gear selection, setting a budget and food selection as well as building winter shelters and winter food preparation. Students will build their own shelters and stay out for 2 nights.

Pre-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.