HREC 242 Wilderness Survival Skills

This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a 72 hour fall or summer survival situation. Course content includes signaling, shelter building, hypothermia, survival kits, fire building, direction finding, and desert hazards. Fee required.

Credits

1 Credit

HREC 242Wilderness Survival Skills

Please note: This is not a course syllabus. A course syllabus is unique to a particular section of a course by instructor. This curriculum guide provides general information about a course.

I. General Information

Department

Health, Recreation & Fitness

II. Course Specification

Course Type

Program Requirement

Credit Hours Narrative

1 Credit

Semester Contact Hours Lab

30

Grading Method

Letter grade

Repeatable

N

III. Catalog Course Description

This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a 72 hour fall or summer survival situation. Course content includes signaling, shelter building, hypothermia, survival kits, fire building, direction finding, and desert hazards. Fee required.

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

: Understand the concept of wellness and be able to recognize the long term benefits of maintaining a high level of wellness for living in today’s world. Activity: Students will complete the course’s mandatory assignments and assessments to measure their understanding of wellness. Learning Outcome 2: Apply wellness knowledge and practice positive behavior growth using a minimum of three dimensions of wellness (Emotional, Environmental, Intellectual, Physical, Social, Spiritual and Financial)-Pick at least 3 Activity 1: Students will understand and apply the environmental dimension of wellness through active participation in training exercises and application in the wilderness, while also practicing LNT principles and ethics throughout the wilderness experience. Outcome Assessment: Students will apply knowledge during field sessions. Activity 2: Students will understand and apply the intellectual dimension of wellness through application of knowledge about signaling, shelter building, hypothermia, survival skills, and direction finding during field sessions. Outcome Assessment: Assigned readings and power points, as well as in-field demonstrations. Activity 3: Students will understand and apply the social dimension of wellness through group activities and wilderness scenario situations in the field and in-class sessions, as well as during base camp interactions. Outcome Assessment: Group skill sessions of fire building, shelter building, water collection, and scenario situations. Learning Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate appropriate safety practices. Activity: Students will be taught appropriate daily safety practices through demonstration by the instructor. Outcome Assessment: Correct implementation of skills in the field.

V. Topical Outline (Course Content)

Topics Activities Survival Strategies Syllabus Shelter building What is your mindset?   Expectations and outcomes Fire, Water, Navigation, Signaling ?         How to build a fire ?         How to navigate ?         Differences in terrain and location – what are your tools? Hypothermia and Survival Kits ?         Pack our Packs In the field training / Weekend trip ?         Shelter building ?         Fire building ?         Water filtration ?         Navigation ?         Hypothermia ?         Survival scenarios

VI. Delivery Methodologies

Required Assignments

Health History Form Liability waiver Scenario based question assignments

Required Exams

Post safety survey on student evaluation Skill check-off Reflection paper post class

Required Text

1. Outdoor Survival by Randy Gerke 2. Mountaineering: the freedom of the hills 8th edition

Specific Course Activity Assignment or Assessment Requirements

Health History Form Liability waiver Scenario based question assignments Post safety survey on student evaluation Skill check-off Reflection paper post class