Outdoor Risk
Management & Liability

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OUTDOOR RISK MANAGEMENT & LIABILITY
(PE 3384)

 

Treating an Accident VictimDepartment of Sports Science & Physical Education - Idaho State University

 

SUMMARY

 

Course: Outdoor Risk Management & Liability
(PE 3384 )


Semester: Fall Semester

 

Time:  Tuesdays
11:00-11:50 AM


Place: Rendezvous 241

 

Instructor:  Justin Dayley


E-mail: dayljust@isu.edu

 

 

TEXT  


Required text: Ajango, Deb (2005).  Lessons Learned II.  Palm Springs, CA:  Watchmaker Publishing. 

Readings as assigned. Readings will be posted on Moodle.

 

 
CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION


An examination of legal implications of outdoor recreation programming including a study of tort liability, risk evaluation, relevant case law, legal management strategies, and the use of waivers and releases.

 

 

TARGETED STANDARDS


The Sports Science and Physical Education Department’s Outdoor Education curriculum at Idaho State is based on a foundation of five national recognized standards.  The following standards apply to this course:  Standard 1 (Content Knowledge), Standard 3 (Safety and Minimal Impact), and Standard 5 (Experiential Skill and Field Experience).

 

 

DEFINITION, HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY

Wheelchair RapellingOutdoor Risk Management Definition.  Outdoor Risk Management can be simply defined as the process of reducing potential loss to an acceptable level.
        Outdoor education is often referred to as synonymous with adventure education, adventure programming, and outdoor learning, outdoor school, adventure therapy, adventure recreation, adventure tourism, expeditionary learning, challenge education, experiential education, environmental education, Forest schools and wilderness education. Consensuses about the meaning of these terms are also difficult to achieve. However, outdoor education often uses or draws upon these related elements and/or informs these areas. The hallmark of outdoor education is its focus on the "outdoor" side of this education; whereas adventure education would focus on the adventure side and environmental education would focus on environmental. Wilderness education involves expeditions into wilderness "where man is but a visitor."  Outdoor risk management focuses on reducing potential loss for all forms outdoor education.


Outdoor Risk Management History Summary.   Historical approaches to risk management in organized outdoor activities have centered on the adoption of guidelines of standing orders on aspects such as minimum experience or qualifications of leaders, minimum and or maximum number of persons in a group, maximum number of participants per leader, prior experience required of participants, minimum equipment standards and intra-organizational approval processes. These are an important part of the historical approaches to risk management that forms the basis of many plans used by organizations today.


Outdoor Risk Management Philosophy Summary.   Philosophy and theory about outdoor risk management has become a much discussed topic in outdoor education with a number of different approaches. The term “risk management” is now very much part of the jargon in all organizations and the sort of risks that one is expected to consider within an overall risk management plan seen to have considerably increased. The focus has also shifted. The emphasis in the current standard is very much the protection of organizations themselves from something happening that will have an impact upon objectives.

 

 

COURSE STRUCTURE & STRATEGY


The Outdoor Risk management class is made up of two broad components:  risk management theory and development of a risk management strategy. Topics covered include leadership styles, group dynamics, ethics, gender issues, liability, promotion, planning meetings, safety, emergency procedures, program itinerary, hazard analysis, site management, emergency response plans and trip evaluation. Students are expected to do the readings ahead of time and students will be given credit for class participation each week.  Assignments are to be turned in on time.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES


Objective 1 (Academic Objective): To gain an understanding of legal issues surrounding outdoor recreation based programming. 


Objective 1 Learning Outcomes - By the end of the course, students will:


1a. Understand different risk management styles.
1b. Develop knowledge about the US legal system.
1c. Learn ways to communicate with the media, families and staff after and accident.

 

Objective 2 (Academic Objective):  To develop a risk management strategy for outdoor recreation based programming. 

Objective 2 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:

 

2a. Develop a company model.
2b. Understand teachable moments and hazard analysis
2c. Develop a site management model.
2d. Develop a participant sign-up procedure.
2e. Develop an emergency response plan.

Objective 3 (Academic Objective):  To develop an understanding of facilities, equipment and transportation used in Outdoor Education and how to manage the risks associated with them.

Objective 3 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:


3a. Understand the risks associated with transportation associated with Outdoor Education.
3b. Understand common practices used to manage various types of equipment.
3c. Develop knowledge about facilities commonly used in Outdoor Recreation.

Objective 4 (Academic Objective):  To develop knowledge about the various aspects pertaining to outdoor leadership and the outdoor industry.

Objective 4 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:


4a. Have an understanding of the foundations of outdoor leadership.
4b.Develop knowledge of outdoor leadership theory.
4c.Have an understanding of outdoor teaching and facilitation.
4d.Develop knowledge of resource and program management.

 

 

COURSE PROJECTS


Class readings must be completed prior to attending class the day they are assigned; three exams will be administered throughout the semester; a poster must be prepared and presented at the SSPE research day scheduled in November. Students will also be responsible for developing a risk management plan for a business. All dates and assignments are tentative and subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.

GRADING


Grades for this course are determined by using a point system.  The final grade is reached by adding points from six components:

 

Total Number of Points Possible:  1000 pts

 

Grading Example:

 

As an example of how grades are determine, let’s say that a student in the course attends 28 out of the possible 30 total class sessions; and they receive the following grades on the required assignments, quizzes and exams. Here’s how the grade would be calculated:

  • Attendance and Participation  28 x 8.33 =  233 pts.
  • Risk Management Plan 100 pts
  • SSPE Research Day Poster Presentation 100 pts
  • Exam 80 pts
  • Mid Term Exam  150 pts
  • Final Exam 150 pts

Total Points:  233 + 100 + 100 +80 +150 +150  = 813
Percentage Grade: 813 / 1000 = 81%
Letter Grade - Using the ISU grading scale (below):  B-

 

GRADING SCALE (ISU SCALE)
A         93-100             C+       78-80               D-        63-65
A-        90-92.9            C         75-77               F          62-below
B+       87-89               C-        72-74
B         84-86               D+       69-71
B-        81-83               D         66-68

 

 

REASONABLE ACCOMODATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES


If you have a diagnosed disability or believe that you have a disability that might require “reasonable accommodation” on the part of the instructor, please call the Director, Center of Services for Students with Disabilities, 282-3599. As a part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the student to disclose a disability prior to requesting reasonable accommodation. 

 

 

OUTDOOR RISK MANAGEMENT COURSE SCHEDULE (ALIGNED WITH COURSE OBJECTIVES)

 

Course Segment

Topic and/or Skills

Objectives/Outcomes

Session 1

 

Introduction

 

Session 2

Watch the White Mile Video 

Objective 1, 2 and Learning Outcomes 1a,1b, 1c, 2b, 2d, 2e, 3b,

Session 3

Watch the White Mile Video 

 

 

Objective 1, 2 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1c, 2b

Session 4

Discussion of the White Mile Video

Objective 1, 2 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1c, 2b

Session 5

Chapter 1  Adam’s Story, Lessons Learned II

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2b, 2e

Session 6

Chapter 2 Chuck’s Story, Lessons Learned II

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b

Session 7

Chapter 2/3 discussion

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c,

Session 8

Chapter 3 Risk Management Planning, A Closer Look, Lessons Learned II

 

Objective 1, 2, 3and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c

Session 9

Chapter 4 Creating a Workable Emergency Action Plan, Lessons Learned II

 

 

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d

Session 10

Chapter 5 In the Path of the Ripple:  The Effects of a Tragedy on a Program’s
Employees, Lessons Learned II

Objective 1, 2, 3 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3c

Session 11

WRMC No Class

 

Session 12

WRMC No Class

 

Session 13

Exam I

Objective 1, 2, 3 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c

Session 14

Chapter 6 Managing the Risks of a Lawsuit,
Lessons Learned II

Objective 1, 2, 3 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c

Session 15

Chapter 7 Understanding How Accidents Happen in Outdoor Pursuits, Lessons Learned II

Hazard Analysis

Objective 1, 2, 3 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c

Session 16

Chapter 8 The Loss of Leadership in the Outdoor Industry, Lessons Learned II
Leaders as Outdoor Risk Managers
Supervision

Objective 1, 2, 3 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c

Session 17

Chapter 9 The Role of Perception, Genes, and Culture on Risky Behavior, Lessons Learned II

 

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d

Session 18

Informed Consent Signing Up Process     
Medical Issues

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 2a,

Session 19

Advertising and Brochures

Objective 1,  and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b

Session 20

Waivers

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e

Session 21

Mid Term Exam

 

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e

Session 22

Negligence Law or Unintentional Torts
Defenses against Liability
Defenses to Negligence

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e

Session 23

Litigation; Why do People Sue

Objective 1, 2,  and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e,

Session 24

Creating a Workable Emergency Action Plan

Objective 1, 2, 3 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c

Session 25

Site Management

Objective 1, 2, 3 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c

Session 26

SSPE Research Day 10-1
Presentation of Posters

Objective 1, 2, 3 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c

Session 27

Risk, Perception vs Actual Risk

Objective 1, 2 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e,

Session 28

US Legal System
Law and Insurance

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2e,

Session 29

Outdoor Program Design and Management

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2e,

Session 30

Dealing with the Media and Staff 

Objective 1, 2, 3 and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2d, 2e, 3a, 3b, 3c

Session 31

Communicating Risks

Objective 1, 2, and Learning Outcomes 1a, 1b, 2a, 2d, 2e,

Session 32

Risk Management Plans Due
Incident reporting and Anaylsis

 

Session 33

Human Resource Law

 

Session 34

Final Exam 10:00 - Noon

 

 


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