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PHED 1087

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Survival Skills
Prerequisite(s) NONE
Corequisite(s) NONE
Catalog Description
This course is designed to teach and apply the basic concepts needed to prevent a survival scenario or survive one, including: water sources and purification, shelter building, fire building, map and compass use, emergency action principles, wild edibles, animal observation, outdoor equipment, minimum impact camping, and wilderness ethics.


Expected Educational Results
As a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

1. Identify water sources and purification methods
2. Demonstrate proper shelter and fire building
3. Utilize map and compass skills
4. Know emergency action principles
5. Promote wilderness ethics

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses General Education Outcome number nine “to apply the basic concepts of health and wellness and utilize activities to promote health and fitness”.

Course Content
1. Fire
Fire Safety
Fire Triangle
Fire types, uses of fire, types of wood
Minimum impact techniques
Spark sources
Teepee or brace fire
2. Water
Locate probable sources of water
Proper sanitation procedures
Water cycle
3. Shelter
Selection of appropriate site
Types of huts, natural shelters
Construct a usable shelter
Minimum impact shelter considerations
4. Map and Compass
Topographical symbols
Contour Lines and declination
Techniques when lost, use signals
Part of compass
Understand bearings on 360o compass
Travel to point in forest terrain using bearings
5. Equipment
Equipment differences
Layering systems to avoid hyper- or hypothermia
Internal and external backpacks
Basic essential items for emergency use
6. Prevention
Plan trips
Watch weather
Leave note of detailed plans and rescue time
Plan for unexpected with gear and plans
Carry items for water, shelter, fire, maps and health
Know possible dangers of area
Relax, prioritize, plan use resources at hand, stay busy, be visible, enjoy nature
7. Cardiorespiratory Activities
8. Pre and post testing for cardiorespiratory endurance

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The course grade will be determined by written exams, sport and/or fitness-related skills test and pre and post cardiorespiratory test scores.  When appropriate, opportunities for extra credit will be offered to students, the value of which to be determined by the instructor.
1. At least one written exam is required.  The written exam will be valued at no less than 20% and no more than 50% of the total grade.
2. Competencies must be demonstrated by students in sport or fitness-related activities specific to the class.  Sport or fitness-related skills tests will be valued at no less than 35% and no more than 65% of the total grade.

A common written final exam will be administered every five years. The test items will be directed to the expected educational results of the course. Additionally, common sport or fitness-related skill tests will be administered specific to the course. An item analysis will be completed on these test items administered.

A departmental committee will review the item analysis to determine 1) if the test questions were appropriate for assessing the desired educational outcomes, 2) if the level of student success was achieved, 3) if a revision of course instruction to enhance student achievement is needed, and 4) a specific time line for implementation of recommended changes.

Last Revised: Aug. 10, 2011
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