Course number: PSPP700
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 3 ECTS
Contact Hours: 32 (5 days)
Term: Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Course meeting times: Will be updated
Course meeting place: Will be updated
Professor: Mgr. Lucie Kalkusová, Mgr. Tomáš Brtník
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office address: D125
Office hours: Will be updated
This practical course introduces students to different outdoor activities and provides a model program for schools and leisure centers. Students will experience different types of games (ice-breakers, trust games, problem-solving games, etc.) and activities in nature (ropes courses, orienteering, via-ferrata, abseiling, etc.). After completing the course, students will be able to design simple ropes courses and prepare programs using them. They will have learned how to work with maps for orienteering, and they will understand the principles of preparing, leading and reflecting upon games in nature.
– Understand how to prepare programs in nature, including different kinds of games and reviewing them.
– Learn how to tie simple knots and build low rope courses.
– Learn how to work with maps for orienteering.
Methods of Instruction
Mostly practical lessons outdoors, referring to learning objectives.
Pair work – building ropes courses.
Theoretical lectures using PowerPoint presentations and group discussions.
Assessment and Final Grade
1. Assessment Type 1: Low ropes courses – preparing and leading a program on them 25%
2. Assessment Type 2: Finish orienteering competition within the time limit 25%
3. Assessment Type 3: Essay 25%
4. Assessment Type 4: Participation in lectures 25%
Marking scheme assessment PG 1-4 (1 = excellent; 4 = fail)
Low ropes courses – preparing and leading a program
Students will work in pairs on building a low ropes course. Then the whole group will review all of these courses in turn, with course builders leading and guiding the group on the course they created.
The manner of construction, the use of knots, stretching, safety and the quality of group leadership will be assessed.
Complete orienteering competition within the time limit
The students will participate in an orienteering competition in the forest. They are expected to finish the race in the set time limit. If not, it will lower their final grade.
Students will write an essay the last day of the course. It will be a kind of feedback, a review upon the whole course and the activities they went through. They will be asked to write their opinion first and then to compare the approach to these activities and their concept in the Czech Republic and in the USA. It will be a handwriting (500 words).
Participation in lectures
Engagement in the program and groupwork, willingness to interact effectively.
Attendance and active participation
Attendance is mandatory.
• Introduction, icebreakers, warm-up, contact games
• Exercise in nature
• Tying rope-knots
• Night game – cooperation, adventure, surprise
• Orienteering – in the center surroundings, in the forest
• Low ropes courses, parkour
• Tying and stretching ropes – ropes course building
• Lecture – safety, leading groups on ropes courses
• Lecture – theory of games, leading outdoor games, reviewing
• Different types of games – trust games, problem solving games; reviewing
• Orienteering – scorelauf
• Environmental games
• O-Ring – group orienteering game
• Low ropes courses building. Leading a low ropes courses program.
• Climbing activities – via ferrata, abseiling
• Orienteering competition
• Fire ceremony
• High rope courses
• Final writing – essay
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