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Course : Techniques & Strategies of Adventure & Outdoor Activities

Course Number
KNES 2433
Section Number
Spring 2024
Outdoor Recreation Center, 201
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

1.    Display competence in the following outdoor skills: rustic camping, navigation, target shooting, and canoe paddling. Competency 002 a, b, Competency 005 b; SHAPE S1.H1.L1 & S1.H1.L2; TEKS 116.63.(c)(1)A & B, (c)(2) B; TEKS 116.64 (c)(1)a, (c)(2)a, b, c & d.

  1. Demonstrate effective teaching skills for a variety of outdoor related activities. Competency 010 b & e, SHAPE S3.H2.L2 & S3.H3.L1, S3.H3.L2; TEKS 116. 63.1(c)(1)b, 2 (c); TEKS 116.64 (c)(2)c & d.
  2. Identify the social, physiological and emotional needs of participant’s/students and adapt activities to meet the needs of specific groups/individuals. Competency 002 c, Competency 011 d, SHAPE S3.H3.H1 & S3.H3.L2; TEKS 116.63 (c)(3)a, (c)(4)a & b; TEKS 116.64 (c)(2)b, c & d.
  3. Display understanding of incorporating administrative practices of risk management. Competency 005 c, d; SHAPE S3.H5.L1; TEKS 116.63 (c)(3)a, (c)(4)a & b, (c)(5)a & b
  4. Demonstrate a basic level of ecological literacy in natural environments encountered during the curriculum. Competency 005 e, SHAPE S3.H3.L1; TEKS 116.63 (c)(1) b.

Technology: All students must have internet access and be able to: send and receive e-mail, create, send and receive Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher or PowerPoint documents; use Google documents, sites & slides, use Desire 2 Learn portal through MSUTexas portal, download/use Flipgrid and ZOOM meeting platform for class assignments/meetings & presentations, post to discussion boards, appropriately use internet links and online websites such as Google Docs, Sites, Slides, etc.

Student Email Usage

·      You are required to use your MSU D2L or MSUTexas email address for all correspondence during this course. Check that your MSUTexas email address is

the one listed in your D2L Personal Information.

·      Using your MSUTexas address ensures your privacy. If you have a different email account, you can forward your MSUTexas email to that account, but I will

only send and respond to emails within the MSUTexas address.

·      Please make sure to include your name and course number in any email that you send.

·      You are required to check your MSUTexas email a minimum of two (2) days per week.

During this course you will be expected to deal with the subject area, the instructor(s), the teaching assistant(s), your classmates, and yourself in a professional manner. Attending classes, meetings, completing your tasks in a timely and well-prepared manner, communicating with the instructor and your classmates in a respectful manner is part of professional conduct. The textbooks and the notes on D2L are references to help you prepare for the assessments and exams in this course. Class sessions are not designed to paraphrase the textbooks for you. In order to understand the activities performed in this course and perform well on the assessments and exams, you will need to read the textbook and D2L material beforehand.


Professional Attire

Included in professional conduct is professional physical activity attire. Appropriate professional physical activity attire includes, but is not limited to, warm-up pants and/or jacket, shorts, collared shirts, T-shirts, tennis shoes, and socks. Pants or shorts must be appropriate in length, and both should be worn at the natural waistline and NOT below natural waistline. T-shirt must NOT have any obscenities, holes, or be unclean. In addition, hats, caps, or head covers are not to be worn during indoors class activities. For safety reason, jewelry should be limited to stud earrings within the ears and be careful of necklaces, bracelets, and watches. Take into consideration that other people might interpret exposed tattoos or body piercing other than within the ears as offensive



Your attitude and disposition toward the activities and requirements of the course will have an affect on your overall ability to complete the course successfully. It is understood that for some many of the individual activities will be new and take you out of your comfort zone. It is expected that each student will do their best to support and encourage their peers while attempting all skills and activities to the best of their ability as well.


Unless students are asked to use their cell phone for a specific activity, all cell phones during the class period. If at any time during this course, the instructor feels that a student is not meeting the professional conduct statement s/he will be asked to readdress his/her behavior or dress. If the student refuses to comply with the professional conduct statement the instructor reserves the right to ask the student to remove him/herself from the class until further notice and the student will lose all participation points and any other points for that class period.

Due dates will be shared in D2L or in class. All assignments unless otherwise stated in the individual instructions are required to be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Any submissions in a different format will be returned to the student and not graded until it is submitted in the correct format. This could cause the student to incur the 5 point deduction per day for late submissions. Any assignment can be submitted before the due date. Late assignments will have a minimum automatic 5 point deduction for each day late. Do not wait until the last minute on any of your work!!

Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. As adults, students, and working professionals I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment please contact me a minimum of 72 hours before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MSUTexas e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and 2) earned 60 hours. Students may meet this requirement in one of three ways: by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, passing two Writing Intensive Courses (only one can be in the core), or passing English 2113. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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