L3OP Outdoor Pursuits

Leadership

To lead others you first must be able to lead yourself

Outdoor Pursuits Leadership Level 3 Course

The OP Leadership Course builds on the skills developed in the OP Challenge Course.
There is an emphasis on students acquiring the judgement and skills to be able to act with independence in the outdoors. There is a strong theme of personal adventure and most course modules are supported by an extended adventurous trip where the students can apply their learning whilst under direct supervision.

Students in the Leadership course will have opportunities to learn skills in group management, leadership, safety planning and evaluation. They will assist with planning and running outdoor activities for younger students and may assist with junior camps.

As there are more of these experiences, most of which require some investment of personal time, a strong commitment to the course is expected. It is preferable that students entering should have prior outdoor experience. However, the right attitude is more important than anything else. Students seeking direct entry (e.g. new students) should consult the HOD. Students are assessed against NZQA Achievement Standards and Unit Standards in Outdoor Recreation. These are mostly at Level 3 and Level 4.


Course Outline

The OP Leadership Course builds on the skills developed in the OP Challenge Course.

There is an emphasis on students acquiring the judgement and skills to be able to act with independence in the outdoors. There is a strong theme of personal adventure and most course modules are supported by an extended adventurous trip where the students can apply their learning whilst under direct supervision. 

Students in the Leadership course will have opportunities to learn skills in group management, leadership, safety planning and evaluation. They will assist with planning and running outdoor activities for younger students and may assist with junior camps. 

As there are more of these experiences, most of which require some investment of personal time, a strong commitment to the course is expected. It is preferable that students entering should have prior outdoor experience.

However, the right attitude is more important than anything else. Students seeking direct entry (e.g. new students) should consult the HOD. Students are assessed against NZQA Achievement Standards and Unit Standards in Outdoor Recreation. These are mostly at Level 3 and Level 4.

The Level 3 Outdoor Pursuits course is intended to equip students with the skills and judgement to be capable of operating independently in the outdoors. The course is built around the study of a core of pursuit activities, through which leadership, communication and safety management are also examined.

The core components of the course are:

Kayaking: independence on Grade II whitewater

Rock Climbing: leading on bolted climbs and performance climbing

Tramping: Alpine tramping skills

Avalanche: Avalanche awareness and backcountry travel skills

Leadership: Planning and running outdoor activities

Risk Management: Outdoor Safety Management and planning skills.


Assessment

The course is based on assessment in a selection of Unit and Achievement Standards. All Standards are internally assessed. MAC Assessment and Reporting Policies and Procedures are applicable to Level 3 Outdoor Pursuits assessments.


NCEA and University Entrance

The course can contribute credits towards NCEA Level 3. Credits obtained in any single domain (eg Rock Climbing) can be counted towards University Entrance. Each of the Pursuits falls under its own Domain. Please consult staff for further explanation.


Assessment Methods

For all standards the majority of assessment tasks are assessed in a practical setting. In many cases there may only be a solitary opportunity for students to demonstrate competence in a task. There is no guarantee of a reassessment opportunity in this case. For this reason it is imperative that students attend all practical sessions. The assessment for snowsports takes place as a practical test on the skifield. There will only be one opportunity to do this test.


Evidence for assessment is typically collected from tasks completed over a number of weeks. In some scenarios it is not possible to complete all tasks in the lessons available (such as if weather events cause cancellations). Every endeavour will be made to offer sufficient assessment

opportunities. For this reason some assessments may not be able to be fully completed until Term 4.


Rules and Regulations

The MAC NCEA Student Handbook outlines the expectations in relation to student work. There may be situations where you may miss a practical assessment for legitimate reasons. In that situation if it is possible to reschedule assessment, every effort will be made to do so, although it may not always be possible. If an assessment is missed and the reason is not legitimate the student will score a “not- achieved”.

Assessment documents for each of the standards can be found on the NZQA website, or on the MAC Outdoor Pursuits website at on the assessment page for each level.


A detailed calendar of practical sessions can be found on the Practical Cal page.


Other course expectations and rules

You must inform staff of any known reason for absence (from a practical) as far as possible ahead of time. Email or note is preferred.

Any student who acts in an unsafe manner will be withdrawn from the session and maybe from the course.

Practical sessions begin at 1.20 and end at 5.30 (latest).

Students may NOT travel in their own vehicles.

There are fees associated with this course. Late payment of fees may result in the withdrawal of the student from the practical components of the course. This will likely result in assessments being “Not Achieved”.

Overnight trips are a part of the course and full participation is expected.

Students who are not able to attend a practical session (through injury or illness) are to report to the office and then to the Period 6 study class for that day.