Undergraduate Catalog

Recreation/Park Administration Course Descriptions

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Academic Courses

RP 1001: Orientation to Recreation and Park Administration

Orientation to the university and recreation and park administration as a profession. Exploration of successful student and career paths.

Note: This course may be taken in place of TECH 1001.

RP 1013: 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.

RP 1993: 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.

RP 2003: Recreation Programming

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.

$100 lab fee.

Note: May not be taken for credit after completion of RP 2002 and RP 2012.

RP 2013: Landscape Planning and Design

An introduction to the use of plants and other materials in the landscape planning process and environmental design.

RP 2033: Recreation Leadership

A study of the processes, methods, and characteristics of leadership and supervision in the delivery of leisure services.

RP 2133: 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.

RP 3013: 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.

RP 3023: Camp Administration

Theory and principles of camp administration, programming, leadership, and supervision in public, private, and school camps. Field trips, school camp.

$100 lab fee.

RP 3033: Commercial Recreation

An introduction to the spectrum of planning, delivery and assessment of goods and services in the commercial sector of recreation.

RP 3034: 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.

RP 3043: Work Experience

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.

RP 3053: 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.

RP 3063: Outdoor Education

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.

$100 transportation and supplies fee.

RP 3093: Interpretive Methods

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.

RP 3133: Tourism Planning

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.

RP 3403: 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.

RP 3503: 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.

RP 3763: 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.

RP 3791: 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.

RP 3793: 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.

RP 3993: 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.

RP 4001: Internship Preparation

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.

RP 4013: 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.

RP 4023: Research Methods

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.

RP 4042: 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.

RP 4053: 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.

RP 4063: Park Operations

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.

RP 4073: 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.

RP 4093: Resort Management

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.

RP 4103: 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.

RP 4116: Internship

Prerequisites: Recreation and Park 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 560 clock hours during a minimum of 14 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.

RP 4173: 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.

RP 4273: 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.

RP 4373: 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.

RP 4473: Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation

Offered: Spring of odd year

Prerequisites: RP 3013, RP 4073, RP 4173, and RP 4273 or permission of instructor.

This course provides an examination of current issues, trends, and professionalization concerns in therapeutic recreation, including professional organizations, ethics, current legislation, professional development, professional standards, credentialing, accreditation standards, improving organizational performance, and current controversies.

RP 4753: 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.

RP 4763: 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.