Courses

Course Descriptions: 2013-2014

Embedded Curricula

Northland College provides leadership to our profession in the development of environmentally sustainable and universally designed practices for outdoor education programs. To provide our students with the best professional-level knowledge and skill, we embed cutting-edge curricula throughout our courses in the areas of Access and Diversity and Responsible Environmental Impact in the following ways.

Access and Diversity in Outdoor Education

Students will explore ways to include under-represented and marginalized populations in outdoor education. In select courses each semester, faculty and students will work together to incorporate universal design into outdoor education activities, programs, and professional skill development. When congruent with course intent, students will apply skills and knowledge in community based experiences in support of under-served populations.

Responsible Environmental Impact in Outdoor Education

In select courses each semester, faculty and students will work together to examine popular practices of the outdoor education profession and will identify and apply alternatives that reduce adverse impacts on our natural environments and human societies. Students will work with faculty to develop and apply the As Sustainable as Possible (ASAP) model to outdoor education practices.

Course Descriptions for New Outdoor Education Curriculum

0-100 Level Courses

OED 105 Introduction to Outdoor Education
3 Credits

Students survey the outdoor education profession and methods used by outdoor educators. Topics commonly covered in the course include adventure education, environmental education, Native American studies, therapeutic and universal programming, and the interpretation of the biological and geological land base. Field experiences are integral to the course.
Course Fee.

OED 131 – Outward Bound Course
1 Credits

See Outdoor Education faculty or the Outward Bound website for more information. http://www.outwardbound.org
Course Fee.
Connections Discipline: Experiential

OED 180 – Outdoor Orientation Training
1 Credits

This course is required for students who lead Northland College Outdoor Orientation trips. Students learn trip planning, effective use of outdoor equipment, minimum-impact techniques, map and compass use, and strategies for teaching backcountry skills. Students also explore personal leadership in an outdoor setting. Participation in weekly trip-planning meetings and completion of a CPR course are required. Graded S/U. Non-repeatable.

OED 181 – Outdoor Orientation Leader
1 Credits

This academic credit is awarded to student leaders after they successfully lead their Northland College Outdoor Orientation trip. Student leaders are evaluated on the extent to which they fulfill expectations throughout the planning and implementation phases of their trips. Graded S/U. Repeatable.
Prerequisites: OED 180

200 Level Courses

OED 210 – Inclusive Outdoor Education
3 Credits

Students explore topics of inclusion in the outdoor education profession. Topics may vary to take advantage of local and regional opportunities, but the primary emphasis will be on the inclusion of people with impairments and disabilities in outdoor experiences.
Course Fee.

OED 221 – Group Process and Leadership
4 Credits

Students learn and develop skills in group process management and leadership. Topics covered include group formation and development, norms, leadership, facilitation, conflict resolution, and evaluation.
Connections Discipline: Social Science

OED 222 – Exploring the Human Animal Connection
Syllabus-pdf: Human-Animal_Connection_W-2012_Syl_Rev
4 Credits

Students in this class explore and consider the ways in which humans interact with the animal world in the contexts of food, food production, habitat, environmental impact, and ethics. Topics include farming practices, hunting, and fishing.
Connections Discipline: Social Science

OED 224 – North Woods Pathways
4 Credits

Students explore the rich history of paths and trails in the North Woods and throughout the world. Students survey the rich literature and traditions of walking while also hiking portions of some significant regional trails. This course involves keeping a journal and contemplating one’s path on the journey of life.
Course Fee.
Connections Discipline: Humanities

OED 237 – Woodscraft and Woodland Skills
2 Credits

This course introduces students to skills and knowledge useful for living out-of-doors with minimal equipment. Students will learn how to use edged and self-made tools to manufacture items from the immediate surroundings. Skills will include: fire by friction, shelter, edible plant identification, animal tracking, and other general woods-knowledge.
Prerequisites: OED 221, OED 276, and Junior or Senior Standing
Corequisites: OED 324, OED 326, and OED 381

OED 261 – Environmental Education Curriculum Review
4 Credits

This course provides a broad survey of environmental education activities and practice from around the world. Coursework prepares students to discuss the history, engage in current practices, and develop effective programs in environmental education. This course meets environmental education requirements for teacher licensure in Wisconsin.
Course Fee.

OED 270 – Facilitating Challenge Course Programs
Syllabus-pdf: 2011_ChallengeCourseFacilitationAndManagement_Fall_2011
4 Credits

Students will study and apply educational theories and strategies underpinning the use of initiative activities and Challenge Courses for personal growth and team building. Students will facilitate peer- and community-based programs using initiative and challenge course activities to enhance group communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills.
Course Fee.

OED 272 – Accident Theory and Analysis
3 Credits

Are humans hard-wired to take risks? Does the structure and function of the human brain contribute to accidents? Why do so many efforts to reduce accidents, paradoxically, result in more accidents? Students explore these and related questions through the lenses of organizational theory, psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and education. Numerous case studies provide context and practical experience in accident analysis.
Connections Discipline: Social Science

OED 276 – Foundation and Principles of Outdoor Education
4 Credits

Students explore the historical and philosophical foundations of the diverse emphases and uses of outdoor and experiential education. Students develop their own philosophy of education along with strengthening their educational strategies and practice.

OED 279 – Access and Diversity
3 Credits

Students study development of inclusive attitudes toward people with disabilities and other power-down members of society. Topics include an introduction to barrier-free outdoor programs, characteristics and needs of a variety of populations, and the use of activities to promote self-actualization.
Course Fee.
Connections Discipline: Social Science

OED 281 – Outdoor Orientation Steering Committee
3 Credits

This credit-bearing experience is available to students who want to serve in a leadership role for the Northland College Outdoor Orientation program. The Steering Committee includes seven coordinatorship positions: 5-day trips, Food, Equipment, Logistics, Public Relations, Sustainability, and Staff Training. Committee members work both individually and as a group to ensure a quality Outdoor Orientation experience.
Prerequisites: OED 180

OED 282 – Outdoor Education Practicum
4 Credits

Students lead environmental education lessons at the Audubon Center of the North Woods and for Minnesota charter schools. Lessons are developed on the basis of field investigations and environmental education techniques and strategies. Peer evaluations of lessons are integral to the course.
Connections Discipline: Experiential

OED 284 – Native Plant Communities and Management Practice
4 Credits

Students investigate Minnesota’s Biomes–coniferous forests, deciduous forest, savannah, prairie, aquatic–and the intersection of human history, current issues, and management practices. Meetings with a variety of experts from forests, parks, refuges, and certifying agencies are integral to the course.

OED 285 – Foundations in Adventure Education
4 Credits

Students explore the historical and philosophical foundations of the diverse emphases and uses of outdoor and experiential education. Students develop their own philosophy of education along with strengthening their educational strategies and practice.
Course Fee.

OED 287 – Lowering Environmental Impact: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Methods
4 Credits

Students learn methods and practices that reduce environmental footprints and create a sustainable planet. Particular foci of the course include renewable energy technology, energy and resource conservation, and sustainable agriculture. Visits to exemplary facilities and with experts are an integral part of the course.

OED 288 – Field Expedition and Investigation
4 Credits

Students plan, coordinate, and lead a two-week field expedition to a national park, forest, riverway, wilderness area, or site of cultural or scientific significance. The group defines a guiding question for the expedition, and individual students collect data and conduct research that helps them answer specific questions related to the central question. Presentations on the answers to these questions are integral to the course.

OED 289 – Spring Transition
4 Credits

Primarily field ornithology and botany, this is a natural history course that includes surveys of life forms in a variety of plant communities. The course includes bird banding, herpetology surveys, plant keys, data collection, recognition of sounds, and observation techniques. The diverse Audubon Center property and the St. Croix River and Mississippi River drainages are the main focus.
Course Fee.
Connections Discipline: Experiential

300 Level Courses

Outdoor Education Fall Block: Fall Semester Field Studies in Outdoor Education

The following four courses are taken concurrently. The curricula of these courses will be highly integrated and will involve multiday off-campus experiences throughout the semester. Prerequisites: Junior status, Group Process and Leadership, Foundations and Principles of Outdoor Education, and 2 of the following Wellness Workshops:SLC 0108, SLC 0109, and/or SLC 0112.

OED 237 – Woodscraft and Woodland Skills
2 Credits

This course introduces students to skills and knowledge useful for living out-of-doors with minimal equipment. Students will learn how to use edged and self-made tools to manufacture items from the immediate surroundings. Skills will include: fire by friction, shelter, edible plant identification, animal tracking, and other general woods-knowledge.
Prerequisites: OED 221, OED 276, and Junior or Senior Standing
Corequisites: OED 324, OED 326, and OED 381

OED 324 – Water Skills and Water Travel
Syllabus-pdf: WaterSkillsAndWaterTravel_Fall_2012
5 Credits

Students study and practice essential elements of safe and efficient flat-water travel. The course focuses on the open canoe: strokes, teamwork, portage techniques, risk recognition and management, trip planning, and leadership in a series of single and multi-day trips.
Course Fee.
Connections Discipline: Experiential
Prerequisites: OED 221, OED 276 and 2 of the following Wellness Workshops:SLC 0108, SLC 0109, and/or SLC 0112
Corequisites: OED 237, OED 326, and OED 381

OED 326 – Land Travel and Camping Skills
5 Credits

Students learn and apply the essential knowledge and skills needed to backpack in the wild in a skilled and highly engaged manner. Topics covered include outdoor physiology and survival, equipment selection and use, navigation, food rationing, and sustainability in outdoor education.
Connections Discipline: Experiential
Prerequisites: OED 221 and OED 276
Corequisites: OED 237, OED 324, and OED 381

OED 381 – Outdoor Education Teaching Techniques
Syllabus-pdf: Syllabus_OED_381_OutdoorEducationTeachingTechniques_Fall_2011 2011
5 Credits

Building upon broad educational, psychological, social, and motor-learning theories, students gain knowledge of and exposure to a wide variety of teaching techniques used within the profession of outdoor education. Students apply new skills and knowledge through on-campus and community-teaching opportunities.
Prerequisites: OED 221 and OED 276
Corequisites: OED 237, OED 324, and OED 326

OED 324 – Water Skills and Water Travel
Syllabus-pdf: WaterSkillsAndWaterTravel_Fall_2012
5 Credits

Students study and practice essential elements of safe and efficient flat-water travel. The course focuses on the open canoe: strokes, teamwork, portage techniques, risk recognition and management, trip planning, and leadership in a series of single and multi-day trips.
Course Fee.
Connections Discipline: Experiential
Prerequisites: OED 221, OED 276 and 2 of the following Wellness Workshops:SLC 0108, SLC 0109, and/or SLC 0112
Corequisites: OED 237, OED 326, and OED 381

OED 326 – Land Travel, and Camping Skills
5 Credits

Students learn and apply the essential knowledge and skills needed to backpack in the wild in a skilled and highly engaged manner. Topics covered include outdoor physiology and survival, equipment selection and use, navigation, food rationing, and sustainability in outdoor education.
Connections Discipline: Experiential
Prerequisites: OED 221 and OED 276
Corequisites: OED 237, OED 324, and OED 381

OED 328 – Wilderness Writers and Philosophers
4 Credits

Students explore the development of the idea of wilderness from the Pleistocene to the present. Course work includes readings, discussion, wild land experience field days, guest speakers, and reflection papers.
Connections Discipline: Humanities
Prerequisites: OED 221 and OED 276 or Instructor Consent

OED 330 – National Outdoor Leadership School Course
1 Credits

National Outdoor Leadership School. Contact Outdoor Education faculty or see NOLS website for more information. http://www.nols.edu
Connections Discipline: Experiential

OED 331 – Outward Bound Course
1 – 3 Credits

See Outdoor Education faculty or the Voyageur Outward Bound website for more information. http://www.outwardbound.org
Connections Discipline: Experiential

OED 332 – Winter Travel and Living Skills
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlNxqZWq4rw
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UICgTpOShew
Syllabus-pdf: WinterTravelAndLivingSkills_2013
4 Credits

Students learn skills essential to travelling and living in winter environments, including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing techniques. In addition, students study physiology, nutrition, equipment, ice safety, avalanche awareness, snow shelters, and traditional “hot tent” and toboggan travel.
Course Fee.
Connections Discipline: Experiential
Prerequisites: OED 324, OED 326, OED 328, and OED 381

OED 361 – Interpretive Program Design
3 Credits

Students explore methods and strategies for designing and evaluating interpretive programs for the public. Topics include the use of firsthand experience, storytelling, displays, living history, nature trails, audio-visual materials, and publications to communicate the natural and cultural environments effectively and to interest a variety of audiences. Provides opportunities for peer teaching, individual and group presentations, and community outreach.

OED 362 – Apostle Island School Preparation
0 – 1 Credits

Students meet over the winter term to begin planning for the May-term course, OED 363 Apostle Islands School. The planning time is used to develop the teaching team; impart information about the schedule and logistics of Island School; inform students of the unique partnership and responsibilities associated with Northland College, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and participating middle schools; access resources to learn more about the Apostle Islands; visit with participating schools; and, begin developing the three-day program to be implemented in May.

OED 363 – Apostle Islands School
4 Credits

Students work with National Park Service rangers to plan, deliver, and evaluate residential and day-long environmental education and outdoor education activities in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore for regional 6th and 7th graders. Lessons include Lake Superior, beach ecology, Northern forest ecosystems, sustainable tourism, wilderness travel, cultural history, shipwrecks, and much more.
Connections Discipline: Experiential
Prerequisites: OED 261 and OED 362

OED 371 – Philosophy of Experiential Education
3 Credits

Students examine the historical and current pedagogies of outdoor and/or experiential education. Topics include the basic premises of experiential education, its philosophical foundations, and an exploration of its strengths and limitations. Students are encouraged to develop a personal educational philosophy as well as strategies to experientially teach a variety of concepts, skills, and attitudes.

OED 378 – Adventure Programming and Leadership
4 Credits

Students study and practice leadership techniques for individuals and groups combined with programming principles that include philosophy, needs assessment development, implementation, and evaluation of recreational programs. Theory is applied through a series of actual programming experiences.
Prerequisites: OED 221

OED 379 – Therapeutic Design
4 Credits

Students examine outdoor education as it is used in a therapeutic context. The course exposes students to the use of goals, objectives, program design, and development for prescriptive programs. Students apply theory in cooperative partnerships with community agencies.
Prerequisites: OED 221

OED 381 – Outdoor Education Teaching Techniques
5 Credits

Building upon broad educational, psychological, social, and motor-learning theories, students gain knowledge of and exposure to a wide variety of teaching techniques used within the profession of outdoor education. Students apply new skills and knowledge through on-campus and community-teaching opportunities.
Prerequisites: OED 221 and OED 276
Corequisites: OED 237, OED 324, and OED 326

OED 382 – Outdoor Education Practicum
4 Credits

Students apply many of the skills of outdoor education. Fall Outdoor Educator Professional Development Block students complete a two-week nature center internship and develop a proposal to lead an interpretive weekend program. The internship provides students with experience at a center different from the Audubon Center of the North Woods, exposing them to teaching styles of other professionals and to new teaching experiences. The weekend program allows students to plan travel, equipment, food, budget, safety, and lesson plans for the trip. Winter Outdoor Educator Professional Development Block students focus on developing programs for youth at risk and teaching adaptive alpine skiing. The various experiences allow students to manage travel, budget, logistics, risk, skills progression and presentation, program adaptation, food, and interagency cooperation. In addition, students complete a three-week internship at an outdoor or alternative education center exposing them to teaching styles of other professionals and to new teaching experiences.

OED 383 – Ecological Ecosystem Interpretation
8 Credits

This course trains students to interpret the full ecology of an area, including geological, animal, plant, human and meteorological factors. Emphasis is on field application of previous coursework to make the on-campus, in-class experiences come alive. Field experiences include trips to northern Minnesota and such topics as fire ecology, hardwood and coniferous forests, prairies, plant and animal distribution, natural patterns in ecological systems, and present and historic human uses and effects upon the land. Students keep field interpretive journals, interpret from maps and other resources, and complete field projects.

400 Level Courses

OED 420 – Topics in Wilderness Emergency Care
Syllabus-pdf: SpecialTopicsInWildernessEmergencyCare_4-26-11
4 Credits

Students investigate selected topics in wilderness medicine, with the emphasis on sports injuries, environmental illnesses, and areas of personl interest. Students learn about joint structure, how to assess and treat injuries to joints, and basic taping techniques.
Course Fee.
Prerequisites: WFR Certification or Instructor Consent

OED 424 – Outdoor Education Programming and Risk Management
Syllabus-pdf: OED_424_ProgramDesignAndRiskManagement_11-21-10
4 Credits

In this course, students study the elements of quality programming and effective risk management for a wide range of outdoor education applications. When appropriate, students apply their design and risk management skills to programs within the college’s co-curriculum, ed-ventures, or the broader community.
Course Fee.
Prerequisites: OED 324, OED 326, OED 328, and OED 381

OED 425 – Advanced Topics in Natural History
4 Credits

Students survey the rich field of natural history. Topics include the natural history essay, educators, and the use of natural history in diverse education programs. Students also explore the use of natural history in the creation of a meaningful and sustainable human-nature relationship. Students read widely in the field, engage in research and development of natural history topics, and present their work to colleagues in the class and community.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior Standing, or Instructor Consent

OED 430 – National Outdoor Leadership School Semester
12 Credits

National Outdoor Leadership School. Contact Outdoor Education faculty or see NOLS website for more information. http://www.nols.edu
Connections Discipline: Experiential

OED 431 – Outward Bound Semester
12 Credits

See Outdoor Education faculty or the Voyageur Outward Bound website for more information. http://www.outwardbound.org
Connections Discipline: Experiential

OED 437 – Universal Design Laboratory
4 Credits

Students explore the application of inclusion and universal design to outdoor education in a laboratory-style course. Students engage in individual projects, designing curricula, equipment, or products to promote inclusion and to experience the practical implications of universal design within the outdoor education profession.
Course Fee.
Connections Discipline: Experiential
Prerequisites: OED 324, OED 326, OED 328, and OED 381

OED 439 – Therapeutic Principles and Practices
4 Credits

Students explore current therapeutic applications and research in the field of outdoor education. Current literature and case studies are used to teach and apply a range of therapeutic principles and practices. The primary focus is on Adventure Therapy but may vary with student interests. Students interested in working with at-risk or adjudicated adolescents in outdoor settings are encouraged to take this class.
Course Fee.
Prerequisites: OED 276, PSY 110, and Junior Standing or Instructor Consent

OED 446 – Wilderness Instructor Training
Video, May Term, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDfYbW3EASo
Video, May Term, 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYCyHJgC6FY
4 Credits

Students plan and participate in a 3-week wilderness expedition. While traveling by land or water, students study and practice navigation, cooking, campcraft, technical skills, risk management, group process, leadership, and teaching techniques.
Course Fee.
Connections Discipline: Experiential
Prerequisites: OED 237, OED 324, OED 326, OED 381, and Instructor Consent

OED 470 – Enduring, Emerging Issues in Outdoor Education
3 Credits

This course explores multiple perspectives on key debates within the field. These include the role of technology in the wilderness, the value of motorized recreation, the trend of certification and accreditation, access for individuals with disabilities, the value of “virtual” adventure programs, the rights of organizations to restrict membership based on personal characteristics, and what it means for outdoor programs to be “sustainable.”
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing or Instructor Consent

OED 481 – Outdoor Orientation Student Director
4 Credits

The Student Director assists the Outdoor Orientation coordinator by guiding the Steering Committee, implementing the outdoor leadership training program, overseeing the successful completion of Outdoor Orientation trips, coordinating outdoor trips with other on-campus Orientation activities, and maintaining communications with trip leaders and new students. This position requires participation in the trip planning and training class during the winter semester, availability for summer work-study employment, and program wrap-up and evaluation that extends into the first weeks of the fall semester.
Prerequisites: OED 180

OED 496 – Outdoor Education Capstone
3 – 4 Credits

The outdoor education capstone is a full-time, 10-12 week intensive teaching or leadership practicum within a professional outdoor education environment. It is intended to be a culminating opportunity for students nearing graduation to hone their teaching and leadership skills in a professional setting. The capstone may be taken after completion of the required Outdoor Education Professional Development Block. Capstone experiences are chosen in consultation with and require approval from faculty in the outdoor education program.

PED 301 – Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Syllabus-pdf: M-S-Anatomy-Winter-14_Syl
4 Credits

This specialized course features an in-depth study of human skeletal, articular (joint), and muscular systems, including their structure, function, and interactions. Students develop conceptual understandings and explore applications rather than memorize details.

PED 303 – Analysis of Human Performance
Syllabus-pdf: AnalOfHumPerSyllabus-Fall 2012
Archival syllabus with web resources-pdf: AnalysisOfHumanPerformance_Archival
4 Credits

Students study the principles of Exercise Physiology and their application to physical activities. Particular attention is given to bioenergetics, the physiology of muscular contraction, neural control and feedback mechanisms, and their application.
Prerequisites: PED 301