Principles of Recreation and Park Administration
A study of the history of the recreation and park profession and the basic sociological and ecological intermix of contemporary recreation and park services.
Basic Forest Firefighting
This class is taught jointly by the U.S. Forest Service and ATU using classroom theory and weekend field exercises which will enable successful candidates to obtain the "Red Card" recognized by most federal and many state firefighting agencies as a minimum requirement for wildland fire firefighting certification. This class consists of the following wildland fire training courses recognized by the National Wildland Coordinating Group (NWCG): S-130 Basic Firefighting; S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior; S-110 Wildland Fire Suppression Orientation; I-100 Introduction to Incident Command System; and Standards for Survival. These courses will be taught together to provide a complete picture of the basics of forest firefighting. This training is required before any person can participate on a wildland fire suppression crew for the U.S. Forest Service, other federal agencies and most other state wildland fire agencies. Instruction will be by U.S. Forest Service certified instructors and RP faculty.
Recreation program planning, supervision, and evaluation. This course examines the theory, principles, and leadership techniques of programming for individuals and groups in a variety of recreation settings, including community, institutions, and camps.
Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of RP 2002 and RP 2012.
Landscape Planning and Design
An introduction to the use of plants and other materials in the landscape planning process and environmental design.
A study of the processes, methods, and characteristics of leadership and supervision in the delivery of leisure services.
Introduction to Travel and Tourism
Cross-listed: HA 2133
The introduction to travel and tourism, its components and relationship to the recreation and hospitality industry. The course will explore the current and future trends in travel and tourism and the effects on the economy, as well as the social and political impacts of travel and tourism.
Recreation for Special Populations
Development of an understanding of disabled sub populations and its relationship to recreation programming and administration for agencies at the local, state, and federal level of responsibilities.
Theory and principles of camp administration, programming, leadership, and supervision in public, private, and school camps. Field trips, school camp.
An introduction to the spectrum of planning, delivery and assessment of goods and services in the commercial sector of recreation.
Site Planning and Design
Fundamentals of the site planning process and application to park and recreation development, including consideration of factors both external (user preferences) and internal to the site (function, organization and aesthetic treatment). Emphasis on resource capabilities and potentials.
Lecture two hours, laboratory four hours.
Prerequisite: Departmental Approval
Supervised field application of class skills and knowledge in Parks and Recreation work situations. Students are given the opportunity to take part in meaningful management and work experiences in actual work situations under the supervision of both university faculty and professionals in the field.
Minimum of 100 clock hours of work experience is required.
Natural Resource Management and Planning
Study of the economic, social, political, and physical factors of the natural environment and methods to guide, direct, and influence orderly growth and development.
An introduction to outdoor education foundations, methods, and practice. Preparation and planning for teaching in, about and for the outdoors. Leadership of outdoor education programs.
$25 transportation and supplies fee.
An analysis of various interpretive techniques, interpretive planning, and utilization of interpretation to obtain management goals. Students will plan, design and implement interpretive programs using various media.
Cross-listed: HA 3133
An examination of the tourism planning process and techniques. Topics include tourism as a system, levels of planning, environmental, cultural and economic components, attractions, transportation, infrastructure and marketing.
Financing Recreation and Parks
Prerequisites: Junior standing and Recreation and Park Administration major.
An introduction to recreation and park financial management including revenue and expenditure management.
Recreational Sport Management
An overview of recreational sport and event management in various settings. Topics include informal, intramural, club, extramural, instructional sports, and sporting events programming; values of recreational sports; administration and operation of recreational sports and sporting events; terminology and career opportunities in various sport settings.
Introduction to Turfgrass Management
An introduction to turf management emphasizing structure, growth, adaptation, and management of turfgrass. Methods for establishment, fertilization, mowing, cultivation, irrigation and pest management.
Turfgrass Management: Equipment
An introduction to turfgrass equipment. Visits to golf course or other turfgrass sites where students will examine and operate various types of turf equipment. Equipment maintenance discussed. Equipment design and selection discussed.
$25 travel fee.
Turfgrass Pest Control
An introduction to the integrated management of pests affecting turfgrass. Maintenance practices related to pest and abiotic turfgrass problems, safety, and materials.
Wildland Fire Practices in Natural Resource Management
Prerequisites: RP 1993 or permission.
Advanced study of the organization, deployment, and techniques of fire suppression applicable to wildfires affecting residences, outbuildings, and other human-structure barriers in remote areas and outlying suburban locales. Particular emphasis on wildland structure and urban interface fire suppression problems. This is a science-based course. Emphasis is placed on: (1) uncontrolled wildland fire and the many positive and negative impacts with which fire personnel must deal; (2) planning and implementing controlled burn projects to attain desired future conditions and reduce fire hazards, and (3) the dilemma of ever-expanding wildland/urban interface issues. The overall purpose of this course is to provide the student with integral fire knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective member of a fire/natural resource management team.
Note: Weekend field exercises required.
Cross-listed: HA 4001
Prerequisites: PRHA major, senior standing, and completion of RP 3043 or HA 2053 or permission of department head.
Preparation for the internship experience. This course is graded Pass/Fail.
Recreation and Park Administration
Prerequisite: Six hours of RP courses.
A study of the administrative process of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, evaluating, budgeting, and coordinating of recreation and park agencies.
Prerequisite: Twelve hours of RP courses.
An introduction to the spirit and theory of research including the scientific method and its application to the recreation and parks profession.
Field Seminar in Interpretive Methods
This off-campus course will be of one-week duration conducted at recreation and park facilities in Arkansas and the nearby region. The course will center on discussion of interpretive facilities, techniques, problems and innovations with leading professionals on site.
A fee of $100 will be assessed to cover transportation, food and entry fees for some sites. Lodging is usually provided by park agencies at the site free or at a very low cost.
Water Resources Development
A study of water resources with emphasis on surface supply and small watershed and reservoir recreation. Supply and pollution in federal, state, local and private water use allocation will be considered.
Prerequisite: COMS 1003 or equivalent.
Basic principles, practices, and problems pertaining to the management of public park systems with emphasis on maintenance and operation schedules, construction and maintenance equipment, employee safety, office procedures, law enforcement, personnel management, and public relations.
Principles and Techniques of Therapeutic Recreation
Prerequisite: RP 3013 or permission of instructor.
A professional course which examines the foundation, theory, philosophy, and historical significance of therapeutic recreation. Emphasis on the therapeutic recreation process as it relates to program development and service delivery for individuals with illnesses and/ or disabilities in various clinical and community settings.
Cross-listed: HA 4093
Prerequisites: Junior standing and nine hours of RP or HA courses or by permission.
An in-depth study of resorts with respect to their planning, development, organization, management, marketing, visitor characteristics, and environmental consequences.
Recreation Law and Policy
An examination of the relationship between recreation and the law. Specific topics include liability negligence, contracts, safety codes, law enforcement, insurance, and administration policy. Identification of legal decision making organizations and the court system, including the policy dimensions of land acquisition, personnel disputes, and current issues in land use.
Personnel Management in Parks, Recreation, and Hospitality Administration
Cross-listed: HA 4113
Prerequisites: Junior standing and nine hours of RP or HA courses.
An overview of personnel considerations in various Recreation and Park agencies and the Hospitality industry. Laws, legal issues, structure, staffing, motivation, training, conduct, policies and other aspects of agency/industry personnel relations will be examined using case studies, as well as other methods.
Cross-listed: HA 4116
Prerequisites: Parks, Recreation, or Hospitality Administration major; senior standing, current certifications in CPR, Standard and Advanced First Aid, consent of department head and completion of all other courses applicable to degree.
Placement in selected agency settings as a student intern under professional guidance of both agency supervisor and faculty. Emphasis will be placed on application of classroom theory to agency requirements which fulfill student's individual career interest. No prior experience credit will be granted. Minimum of 600 clock hours during a minimum of 15 weeks of supervised internship is required. Student cannot document more than 40 hours of work experience per week. A written report is required within two weeks of internship completion.
$100 supervisor travel fee required.
Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Documentation
Prerequisites: RP 4073 or permission of instructor.
This course is an examination of the various assessment tools, styles of documentation, and methods of assessment and documentation utilized in therapeutic recreation services. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to conduct therapeutic recreation assessments and to properly document health care information.
Administration and Operation of Therapeutic Recreation Programs
Prerequisites: RP 3013 and 4073 or permission of instructor.
Program design and planning for effective administration of client centered services for special populations. Management of therapeutic recreation services including standards of practice, clinical supervision, reimbursement, marketing, budgeting, and writing policies and procedures.
Interventions in Therapeutic Recreation
Prerequisites: RP 3013, RP 4073, or permission of instructor.
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the various interventions utilized in therapeutic recreation services and to develop technical competencies necessary for the provision of quality therapeutic recreation services. Emphasis will be placed on the skillful application of various processes and techniques utilized to facilitate therapeutic changes in the client.
Sports Field Management and Design
A survey of design and management practices for turfgrass sports fields. Personnel and budgeting requirements for operations and maintenance.
$25 travel fee.
Golf Course Operations and Design
Golf course turfgrass management as influenced by golf course design, including operations, financial analysis, personnel, and environment.
$25.00 travel fee.
RP 4951, 4952, 4953, 4954
Undergraduate Research in Recreation and Park Administration
Offered: On demand
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required. One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.
RP 4991, 4992, 4993
Special Problems and Topics
Offered: On demand.
Investigative studies and special problems and topics related to parks, recreation, and hospitality administration.
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