PHED 1087

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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