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Bachelor of Applied Science (Adventure Ecotourism)

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points, comprising the credit package of 32 points awarded for completion of the TAFE Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and 160 points completed during enrolment in the Bachelor degree course.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Applied Science (Adventure Ecotourism) equips graduates with skills in leadership, business and conservation ensuring a thorough grounding for future career in the adventure ecotourism industry.

If you have a genuine passion for the natural environment, love an outdoor lifestyle, and want to share this passion with others, adventure ecotourism could be the career path for you.

This course includes practical experience through workplace learning.

What will I learn?

Students choose to specialise in one of two areas of specialisation:

Outdoor Recreation specialisation

In this specialisation, students will study leadership, recreation and conservation at CSU, alongside 10-15 weeks of professional training in bushwalking, rock climbing and abseiling while doing a Certificate IV at Wodonga TAFE. Canoeing, ski touring and ski camping, mountain biking, sea kayaking and whitewater rafting may also be available.

Students undertaking Certificate IV will complete units in adventure programming and guiding, legal issues, workplace safety, wilderness first aid and emergency care, and information and communication technologies.

Planning and Policy specialisation

This specialisation provides a broader understanding of conservation, ecology, cultural issues, management, and tourism.

Learning facilities

To make sure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include:

  • a range of field-based equipment and software relevant to undertaking field study exercises
  • fully equipped laboratory facilities
  • a library that covers a broad range of natural and cultural management literature.

Your course is recognised by industry

This degree and the associated certification are recognised nationally and internationally by employers in this field.

Credit

Students who have already completed the TAFE Certificate IV are awarded 32 points of credit upon admission.

Residential school

Many subjects have a compulsory residential school of two to four days duration for distance education students.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Graduates are employed in either Australia and internationally in organisations such as outdoor education centres and outdoor adventure companies, as well as in government organisations including the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Department of Education (Victoria).

Graduates find work conducting outdoor education programs, school camps, sport and fitness programs, and leading tours to wild and remote areas of Australia. They are involved in tourism services, nature conservation, adventure programming and personal development.

Planning and Policy specialisation graduates move into senior leadership positions with government and large tourism institutions. They are qualified for positions in natural area tourism and the related areas of heritage and cultural tourism.

Outdoor Recreation careers include:

  • adventure ecotourism instructors
  • ecotourism guides or operators
  • ecotourism and/or outdoor development trainers
  • environmental educators/consultants

Planning and Policy careers include:

  • recreation managers
  • recreation coordinators
  • tourism consultants
  • tourism managers
  • tourism planners
  • environmental educators

 

Course structure

The course consists of

  • Core subjects (144 points; 18 subjects)
  • Minor sequence (48 points; 6 subjects)

Core subjects (144 points)

ACC101 Financial Planning for Business
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
BIO216 Conservation Biology
ENM109 Workplace Preparation
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
ENM309 Environmental Management – Administration and Practice
GEO164 Earth System Processes
MKT110 Marketing and Society
PKM208 An Introduction to the Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Ecotourism
PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
PKM260 Interpretive Planning
PKM266 Cultural Resource Management
PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
REC167 Leadership and Communication
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism
REC305 Advanced Principles of Ecotourism
SCI301 International Practical Experience

Outdoor Recreation Minor (48 points)

TAFE Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation (32 Points)
PKM302 The Philosophy of Outdoor Education
PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management

Planning and Policy Minor (48 points)

PKM105 People and Places – Social Science Dimensions
TRM330 Issues in Tourism Planning and Policy
PKM301 Principles of Indigenous Land Management
and 3 Free electives

Enrolment pattern

Normally Three years by Full-time study or Six year by part-time Distance Education

Note: students may be able to decrease the length of time it takes to do the degree by taking some of the limited number of subjects that are available in Session 90.

Outdoor Recreation Minor

Full time

Year 1 Session 1 (30)
ENM109 Workplace Preparation 
PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism
REC167 Leadership and Communication
Certificate IV

Year 1 Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism 
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
Certificate IV 

Year 1 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subject is:
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk
PKM260 Interpretive Planning
GEO164 Earth System Processes
Certificate IV 

Year 2 Session 2 (60)
PKM266 Cultural Resource Management
MKT110 Marketing and Society
ACC101 Financial Planning
Certificate 

Year 2 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subject is:
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
PKM363 Shoreline Recreation 
REC305 Advanced Principles of Ecotourism
BIO216 Conservation Biology
PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design

Year 3 Session 2 (60)
PKM302 Philosophy of Outdoor Education
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 
SCI301 International Practical Experience
REC302 Interpretive Guiding

Outdoor Recreation Minor

Part Time

Year 1 Session 1 (30)
ENM109 Workplace Preparation
PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism

Year 1 Session 2 (60)
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
ENM163 Natural Resource Management

Year 1 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subject is: ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
REC167 Leadership and Communication
Certificate IV

Year 2 Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
Certificate IV

Year 2 Session 3 (90) 
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subject is: ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk
Certificate IV

Year 3 Session 2 (60)
MKT110 Marketing and Society
Certificate IV

Year 3 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subject is: ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 

Year 4 Session 1 (30)
GEO164 Earth System Processes
PKM260 Interpretive Planning

Year 4 Session 2 (60)
ACC101 Financial Planning
PKM266 Cultural Heritage Management

Year 4 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subject is: ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 

Year 5 Session 1 (30)
PKM363 Shoreline Recreation 
REC305 Advanced Principles of Ecotourism

Year 5 Session 2 (60)
PKM302 Philosophy of Outdoor Education
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 

Year 5 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subject is: ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 

Year 6 Session 1 (60)
BIO216 Conservation Biology
PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design

Year 6 Session 2 (90)
SCI301 International Practical Experience
REC302 Interpretive Guiding

Planning and Policy Minor

Full time

Note students may be able to decrease the length of time it takes to do the degree by taking some of the limited number of subjects that are available in Session 90.

Year 1 Session 1 (30)
PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism
ENM109 Workplace Preparation
PKM105 People and Places - Social Dimensions
REC167 Leadership and communication

Year 1 Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
REC200 Ecotourism Principles
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
PKM266 Introduction to Cultural Heritage

Year 1 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management (as an elective)
PKM366 Site Survey Design (as an elective)

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
GEO164 Earth System Processes
PKM260 Interpretive Planning
BIO216 Conservation Biology
PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk

Year 2 Session 2 (60)
MKT110 Marketing and Society
ACC101 Financial Planning
PKM301 Principles of Indigenous Land Management
Elective 

Year 2 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management (as an elective)
PKM366 Site Survey Design (as an elective)

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
REC305 Advanced Principles of Ecotourism
PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
TRM330 Tourism Policy and Planning
Elective 

Year 3 Session 2 (60)
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 
SCI301 International Practical Experience
REC302 Interpretive Planning
Elective 

Planning and Policy Minor

Part Time

Year 1 Session 1 (30)
PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism
ENM109 Workplace Preparation

Year 1 Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism

Year 1 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management (as an elective)
PKM366 Site Survey Design (as an elective)

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
PKM105 People and Places - Social Dimensions
REC167 Leadership and Communication

Year 2 Session 2 (60)
ENM163 Natural Resource Management 
PKM266 Cultural Resource Management

Year 2 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice
ENM310 Field Study in Environmental Management (as an elective)
PKM366 Site Survey Design (as an elective)

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
GEO164 Earth System Processes
PKM260 Interpretive Planning

Year 3 Session 2 (60)
ACC101 Financial Planning
MKT110 Marketing and Society

Year 3 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management (as an elective)
PKM366 Site Survey Design (as an elective)

Year 4 Session 1 (30)
BIO216 Conservation Biology
PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk

Year 4 Session 2 (60)
PKM301 Principles of Indigenous Land Management
Elective

Year 4 Session 3 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management (as an elective)
PKM366 Site Survey Design (as an elective)

Year 5 Session 13 (30)
REC305 Advanced Principles of Ecotourism
PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design

Year 5 Session 1 (60)
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice
REC302 Interpretive Guiding

Year 5 Session 2 (90)
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. The school offers a limited number of subjects. The relevant subjects are:
ENM309 Environmental Management - Administration and Practice 
ENM310 Field study in Environmental Management (as an elective)
PKM366 Site Survey Design (as an elective)

Year 6 Session 1 (30)
TRM330 Tourism Policy and Planning
Elective

Year 6 Session 2 (60)
SCI301 International Practical Experience
Elective 
 

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Albury-Wodonga

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

  • 3 years full-time on campus
  • 6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

ATAR + criteria

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