Mountain Adventure Skills Training
Academic Course Descriptions

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MAST 136: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
This course introduces the development, planning, marketing, financing and key success factors required to start new action sport, eco- and adventure tourism businesses. Students consider the opportunities, risks and issues specific to small business ventures during pre-startup, launch and initial growth. This course is designed to assist the student in developing a viable business model, then create a basic professional business plan, supported by research from primary and second sources. In addition to textbooks, the instructor uses case studies and multiple industry examples to illuminate courses concepts.

MAST 111: Risk Management
Students can develop risk assessment and evaluation skills in relation to the types of activities offered in the program. Topics include pre-trip assessments, the Canadian legal system, waivers, limiting risk, liabilities and ethics. Students have the opportunity to critically analyze and develop a risk management plan for an adventure tourism business and demonstrate an understanding of the guide's role in day-to-day risk management.

MAST 114: Natural History and Interpretive Guides Assoc. Certification
An introduction to the natural history of BC. Plants, trees, birds and wildlife species identification, ecosystem relationships and mountain geology. The Interpretive Guides Association certification is tied into field trips to National Parks for first-hand experience.

MAST 119: Guiding and Leadership
This course involves an exploration of leadership and effective practice of theories and concepts of teaching, guiding and learning in an outdoor setting. Students examine leadership models, group and individual facilitation and the importance of communication while building a blueprint of their own personal leadership philosophy and abilities. Other topics include certification standards, log book requirements and legal parameters, basics of helicopter rescue facilitation as a guide.

MAST 121: The Adventure Tourism Industry
This course mixes guest lectures and field visits to cover a wide range of subjects. Students can learn to identify evolving issues and trends in the Adventure tourism industry and discuss their implications. They have an opportunity to identify career paths and sources of career path information in tourism. The role and function of the professional, industry, and government organizations that impact tourism are discussed.

MAST 122: Wilderness Travel Theory
This course reviews aspects of wilderness travel such as clothing and equipment, navigation, environmental concerns, food safety and group travel techniques. Students cover how to identify and understand declination and magnetic north, take a bearing from a map, set a compass from a map and follow a compass bearing. Students can gain a thorough knowledge of topographical maps, the military grid system and utilize new learning in trip planning exercises. The concepts of summer and winter emergency survival in wilderness settings with topics such as fire and shelter building covered. Overnight survival exercises complete the course.

Note: College of the Rockies reserves the right to alter, substitute or change any of the above courses and/or course descriptions without prior notice. Changes, if made, are primarily for reasons of safety, scheduling or educational advantage.

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