Personal Land Based Techniques Like Hill Walking Education Essay

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This module will enable the student to develop basic practical land-based skills in navigation and hill craft. The module is solely practically based to offer maximum opportunity for individual skill acquisition and progression. These skills will be further developed at level two in preparation for the relevant Coaching Awards (Optional).

NB. It is recognised that some students will have already achieved some of the intended outcomes and they will have the opportunity to apply for APL.

Results of Student Evaluation

No alterations have been made to the module.

Mid module evaluation

Students will be given the opportunity to provide feedback mid way through the module. Students will receive a response from the module leader to the issues raised within two weeks.

End of Module evaluation form

End of module evaluations will be issued by module tutor/s towards the end of the module for completion. Your feedback is valued and your comments will inform and assist staff in making appropriate changes to the module to improve the student experience for subsequent students. All evaluations remain confidential. 

All module feedback will be considered at the Institute Quality Committees (IQC) at the end of each semester and a summary of the results and actions will be available via the Module page on Blackboard

Intended Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate the techniques required to navigate effectively

Demonstrate and evaluate a land based overnight expedition

Evaluate own learning and performance through a reflective activity logbook

Learning and Teaching Methods:

Tutor led sessions, group seminars, practical sessions, individual and group tutorials

Module Approved……………………………. Date……………………………….

Assessment Details

Outcome 1.

Practical navigation assessment (40%) (1600 word equivalent) (Assessing learning outcome 1). Students will be marked according to the accuracy and speed of their navigation. Assessment 15th March OR 17th March 2011 dependant on activity group

Outcome 2 & 3.

Reflective assignment (60%) 1800 words. Hand in Weds. 16th March 2011 by 3pm

You are currently employed by the "Crag & Stream" outdoor education centre based in the Wye valley, a small private centre that prides itself on the high quality of its provision. The centre is in the process of setting up a trainee instructor scheme aimed at introducing people to the outdoor industry. As a valued member of staff you have been set the task of writing a handbook for the new trainee instructors, providing them with essential information regarding mountain navigation and the use of overnight expeditions in a personal development context.

Reflect on your own experiences within the module and produce a booklet that you feel will provide the new trainees with the information they will find useful in their own development.

The booklet should provide a thorough and well presented evaluation of practical and instructional skills, supported by research, annotated diagrams (N.B. images used in your work must be your own, not acquired from other sources) and personal experience.

With regards to overnight expeditions you should consider:-

Preparing for an overnight land based expedition.

Safety Considerations.

Factors which contribute to a successful expedition.

Benefits of an Overnight Expedition for the personal development of individuals.

Lessons you have learnt by undertaking an overnight expedition.

The module will be organised in accordance with the attached programme.

Outcome 1: Demonstrate the techniques required to navigate effectively

Content: Navigation in a range of environments, Access and current and emerging regional and national issues, Safety, including the selection and use of appropriate equipment, Orienteering techniques and exercises, Role of hill walking in the personal development of individuals

Marking Criteria: End of module practical assessment of navigation skills.

Outcome 2 & 3: Demonstrate and evaluate a land based overnight expedition

Evaluate own learning and performance through a reflective activity logbook

Content: Route planning methods, Expedition planning and camp craft, Expedition planning and camp craft, Group dynamics, and the ethics of the activity, Reflective practice as a tool to improve own learning and performance, Evaluation of own performance and an evaluation of the skills performed and an analysis of their purpose and the physiological principles involved

Marking Criteria: Reflect on your experiences during the module and compile a handbook as per the above information. The work must be supported by appropriate research.

Tutorial Support and feedback

Students are advised that they should not expect feedback on completed drafts of their work.  This amounts to a 'free' first attempt and is not in keeping with University policy. While staff are happy to provide feedback which will help improve the quality of assignments, students should only expect feedback on plans (i.e. notes in bullet point form). Submissions of completed essays, for example, will not be considered.

On a related point staff will not give indicative grades. While students may be hoping for a specific grade for a piece of work, it is unreasonable to expect to be told of their grade in advance. Therefore students should do all in their power to submit their best work, but must accept that there can never be any guarantees given about the outcome.

Late/Non-Submission Procedures

Late Submissions

Students who submit coursework late but within five days of the published due date will have the work marked and the actual grade obtained will be communicated to the student for feedback on his/her performance but the grade awarded will be capped at the minimum pass grade, unless a claim of mitigating circumstances is made and upheld. The grade "L1" will be used to indicate that the grade has been capped due to late submission.

Students who submit coursework later than five days but within two weeks of the published due date will not have the work marked. A grade of "L2" will be used to indicate that work had been submitted. Students who have a claim of mitigating circumstances upheld and have submitted the assessment item within two weeks of the due date, the original assessment item will be marked. In all other cases the student will be required to complete a new assessment item.

Students who submit coursework after the due date that is marked on a Pass/Fail basis or submitted for reassessment and subject to being capped at the minimum pass mark will not have the work marked. A grade of "L2" will be used to indicate that work had been submitted. Students who have a claim of mitigating circumstances upheld and have submitted the assessment item within two weeks of the deadline, the original assessment item will be marked. In all other cases the student will be required to complete a new assessment item.


When an assessment item is not submitted within two weeks of the due date, it will be counted as a non-submission and marked as 0 with a grade of NS. This will result in the overall module being failed, regardless of any apparent overall pass grade. The student will not be permitted a reassessment opportunity and will be required to retake the module.

Where a student is unable to submit an assessment item by the due date because of illness or other valid reasons ("Mitigating Circumstances") a student may submit an application to the Mitigations Committee.

You must keep an electronic copy of your work in the unlikely event of your original work being mislaid.

Coursework with a hand in date outside normal teaching weeks, for example in January, may be posted in the collection box in the collection point indicated above or alternatively may be submitted by post as long as the following guidelines are met:

the assessment item must be sent by recorded or special delivery

it must be posted (franked) by Royal Mail no later that the assessment due date

it should be addressed to:

Assignment Administrator

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

University of Worcester

Henwick Grove



Return and Collection of Marked Work

At the beginning of each semester students are given the opportunity to collect their work from the previous semester. This process is managed by the Institute's Administration Office. Students should be aware that marked work is only retained for a period of twelve months before it is destroyed. Students should also note that a sample of work is always sent to the external examiner for scrutiny. This is always returned to the University, but students may have to wait a little longer for their work to be returned if it is included in the sample. In the case of failed work students will be able to access this directly from the Institute's Administration Office once they have been informed by Registry that they are required to resubmit work for reassessment

A transcript of results will be available on-line via your SOLE page once marks have been agreed. To view your results click on the 'My Results' Tab when using your SOLE page.


Cheating is defined by the University as any attempt to gain an unfair advantage in an assessment or assisting another student to gain an unfair advantage in an assessment. See procedures for investigation of cases of alleged cheating.

Cheating is a serious offence and takes many forms including:

Plagiarism - passing off the work of someone else as it if is your own.

Collusion - working closely with someone else to produce an assignment that is meant to be the work of an individual.

The Internet is frequently used to download material to use in assignments. The University deals severely with students who cheat and penalties extend to suspension and withdrawal for a second (or particularly serious first) offence.

In order to avoid an allegation of cheating make sure that you follow guidance on conventions for referencing and for use of quotations. If you are in any doubt, check with your tutors who will be happy to advise you.

Mitigating Circumstances

These are defined as exceptional circumstances, outside of your control, that have affected your academic performance. If a student believes that their performance, absence or non-submission of work in an item of assessed work was due to illness or other valid reasons, the student may submit a claim under procedures approved by Academic Board. See Procedure for Dealing with claims of Exceptional Mitigating Circumstances.

Claims of exceptional mitigating circumstances should be submitted on the mitigating circumstances form before results are considered by the Board of Examiners and before the published deadline.

Information on how to submit a claim of Mitigating circumstances can be found via your SOLE page in the "My Course Details" tab. Full procedures and regulations regarding mitigation can be found on the Registry Services website.


In the event you are required to take reassessment you will receive formal notification of this via your SOLE page from Registry Services after the meeting of the Board of Examiners (this will take place at the beginning of June).  This letter will include a copy of the reassessment task(s). Your original work will be available for collection from the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science Admin office.

Re-sit exams will take place week beginning Monday 27th June

Deadline for written reassessment is Thursday 30th June 2011. Please note all work must be submitted to Registry no later than 3.00pm.

Please note that arrangements for presentations or practical reassessments may fall outside this week. Please see the module tutor for further guidance if this is the case.

Contact details: [email protected]

                          01905 855410

Key Skills (if UMS) or Common Skills (if HND)

In this module you will have the opportunity to develop the following Key Skills / Common skills:


Communication and presentation skills

Interactive and group skills

Problem solving skills

Ability to self-appraise and reflect on practice

Ability to plan and manage learning


E Learning is the use of electronic resources to aid learning. In accordance with the E-Learning Development Group (ELDG) guidance, this module contains the following e-learning opportunities:

Use of Blackboard.

Disclosure Statement

This Institute is committed to ensuring that disabled people, including those with learning difficulties are treated fairly. All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that disabled students are not substantially disadvantaged. Please ensure that you inform the tutor/your tutors of any issue concerning you that may relate to this statement. Any information will be treated in confidence and only disclosed with your permission.

Module Organisation and Specific Information

Learning Resources.

Most sessions will be accompanied with recommended reading which you are advised to undertake as part of your directed study, to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the module content is achieved. Any directed study tasks set by the module tutor are expected to be completed in full, and where appropriate handed in for formative assessment. You may be called upon at any time to discuss your findings of directed study tasks within lectures. Lecture notes, handouts and task sheets will be posted on the e-learning site / Blackboard to support learning and develop independence. This site(s) will be used extensively and you will be expected to check this BEFORE EVERY SESSION and, where appropriate, print out the material to bring to the sessions.

All students MUST attend practicals in appropriate kit. Failure to do so will result in students not being allowed access to the session. It is essential that all students are ready to start each session SHARPLY at their designated start time (it is your responsibility to check the e-learning site/Blackboard and notice board for possible changes in timetable and venues).

Throughout the duration of the module, students are invited to make tutorial appointments with any of the tutors on the module to discuss any issues or problems they may encounter at any time during the course.


Academic Board has approved a new attendance policy for academic year 2004/5. This policy permits all modules to designate as compulsory those sessions that involve student participation (e.g. seminars, tutorials, group project sessions). Therefore you must attend all sessions in your modules that are designated as compulsory. If you do not you will not be eligible to be assessed and you will have to retake the module, or substitute for it, in a future semester. The purpose of the requirement is to help you achieve success in your course. Attendance ensures you get the maximum possible help from your tutor(s) and also ensures that you play your full part in the learning activities in the module, thus not letting other students down.

100% attendance is encouraged and strongly advised for all students. Analysis of Exam Board statistics shows that students whose attendance is poor are more likely to fail through non-submission

Level 4/5 modules

You must not miss more than 2 sessions for this module. Attendance records are kept by your tutors, so you need to make sure that you sign the attendance list in each seminar. You may lose your eligibility for assessment should your attendance not meet the above requirement.

Generic UW Expectations

In order to maintain high standards students must adhere to the following codes of practice:

Time keeping - to be punctual for all lectures, seminars and practical sessions

Dress - to be dressed in UW approved and appropriate university kit in sessions.

Behaviour - Respect to peers, staff and facilities.

Health and Safety - to be aware of health and safety regulations at all times

Module Programme





Tuesday 1st OR Thursday 3rd February

Navigation introduction

Haugh Woods

The Dive 0800


Pick Up 1630

Tuesday 8th OR Thursday 10th February

Mountain Navigation

Hatterall Hill

The Dive 0800


Pick Up 1630

Tues 15th - Weds 16h February


Thurs 17th - Fri 18th February

Overnight camp.

Usk reservoir area

Tuesday 8th OR Thursday 10th March



The Dive 0800


Pick Up 1630

Tuesday 15th OR Thursday 17th March


The Dive 0800


Pick Up 1630


Key Text:

Long, S. (2003). Hillwalking: The Official Handbook of the Mountain Leader & Walking Group Leader Schemes. Britain: Mountain Leader Training UK.

Indicative Bibliography:

BMC (1992). Tread Lightly. Britain: Mountain Leader Training UK.

Hill, P. & Johnston, S. (2000). The Mountain Skills Training Handbook. UK: David & Charles.

Langmuir, E. (1995). Mountaincraft and Leadership. The Scottish Sports Council.

March, B. (1985). Modern Rope Techniques. Britain: Cicerone Press.

Moon, J. (1999). Reflection in Learning and Professional Development: Theory and Practice. London: Kogan Page.

Ogilvie, K. (2005). Leading and Managing Groups in the Outdoors. Britain: IOL.

Steele, P. (1999). Medical Handbook for Walkers and Climbers. London: Constable.

Woodward, H. (1998). Reflective journals and portfolios: learning through assessment. Assessment &Evaluation in Higher Education, Vol. 23 (4), pp 415-424.