Recreation Management & Policy  

RMP 800 - Concepts of Recreation and Leisure
Credits: 3.00
An overview of historical and philosophical perspectives of the play, recreation, therapeutic recreation, and park and natural resource conservation movements. Students examine recreation leisure and recreation resources in contemporary society, particularly in the context of the development of social capital. Includes leisure values and ideals, the emergence and evolution of "free time" diversity, and public policy implications. Prereq: permission.

RMP 805 - Management and Policy in Therapeutic Recreation
Credits: 3.00
Students acquire knowledge of current principles and procedures for assuming an administrative role in the therapeutic recreation profession. Includes issues and practices related to supervision, reimbursement, quality improvement programs, consultation, marketing, and more. Prereq: permission.

RMP 806 - Recreation Administration and Organizational Behavior
Credits: 3.00
The organization and administration of public, private, and not-for-profit recreation agencies. The primary unit of analysis in this class is the recreation organization and the environment in which it operates. Emphasis is placed on organization, management, marketing, and financing applications, theories, and research. Prereq: RMP 800, permission.

RMP 811 - Recreation Resource Management
Credits: 3.00
An examination of the supply and demand of natural resources for outdoor recreation uses, with emphasis on relationships between public and private roles and responsibilities. Historical, social, and environmental impacts of outdoor recreation use are discussed. Current principles and techniques of recreation resource planning and management are outlined. Prereq: permission.

RMP #830 - Camp Administration and Leadership
Credits: 3.00
Provides students with an understanding of administrative and organizational practices in structured camp settings. The theory, practice, and challenges of program planning for youth and adult development within the recreation context of camping. Explores current sociological, environmental, economical and legislative trends influencing contemporary camp management. Prereq: permission

RMP 843 - Cultural Environmental Interpretation
Credits: 3.00
This course focuses on the communication processes and practices used by parks and recreation professionals to explain and interpret the special characteristics of cultural and environmental resource sites for visitors. Conceptual principles for planning, interpretive programs as well as techniques for analyzing and disseminating information and entertainment through various media (personal interactions, verbal presentations, exhibits, publications, and other programs) will be discussed. Delivery of interpretive messages across a variety of audiences, strategies for programming interpretative services, and the administration and evaluation of interpretive services in recreation settings will be examined.

RMP 860 - Community Sport Organizations: Administration and Development
Credits: 3.00
The administration and development of participant-based community sport organizations and resources. Emphasizes the administrative and programming competencies necessary to effectively manage these resources. A focus on problems and the development of research-oriented solutions related to the management of community sport organizations is emphasized. Prereq: RMP 800, 805 or 806 or permission.

RMP 870 - Management and Design of Recreation and Park Facilities
Credits: 3.00
Provides students with an orientation to the theories, design, operation, and functions of recreational facilities. Topics include facility development, operational considerations, and auxiliary functions that impact the manager's role. Students gain insight into key areas of facility management through visitations to actual facilities. Prereq: RMP 800, 805 or 806; permission. Special fee.

RMP 872 - Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services
Credits: 3.00
Topics including an overview of the nature of law and U.S. legal systems; the law of torts, contracts, civil liberties and rights; risk management and legal research are addressed in the context of recreation services and resources. Public policy and professional advocacy implications are examined as related to legislative and decisional systems. Prereq: RMP 800 and permission.

RMP #875 - Entrepreneurial and Commercial Recreation
Credits: 3.00
Principles of business planning and development as applied to the private sector leisure services industry. Emphasizes knowledge of key commercial leisure services profiles and their intersection with allied professions such as hospitality and tourism. Course topics include entrepreneurship, business planning, needs assessment, product development, selling, financing, legal designations, and business operations leading to the development of a business plan for a new entrepreneurial recreation enterprise.

RMP 897 - Master's Project
Credits: 3.00
Prereq: RMP 800, 805 or 806. Permission required.

RMP 899 - Master's Thesis
Credits: 3.00
Prereq: RMP 800, 805 or 806, A graduate level statistics and graduate level methods course. Permission required. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Cr/F.

RMP #910 - Conceptual Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation
Credits: 3.00
An analysis and exploration of contemporary professional issues in the field of therapeutic recreation, including: philosophical foundations, credentialing, legislation, professional development, reimbursement, performance improvement, and documentation. Historical and cultural contexts of each issue are discussed and translated into practical applications for therapeutic recreation professionals. Prereq: RMP 800, permission.

RMP 912 - Non-Profit Administration and Leadership
Credits: 3.00
An overview of the creation, management, and administration of non-profit organizations and businesses. Examines legal requirements for charter and incorporation by state law and Federal guidelines from the Internal Revenue Service. Current trends and issues in non-profit sector business are explored and a survey of the wide diversity of non-profit sector organizations is included. Since a high percentage of recreation agencies are incorporated as non-profit organizations, specific applications are made to the field of leisure and recreation. Prereq: RMP 800, 805 or 806 or permission.

RMP 924 - Grantwriting and Fund Development
Credits: 3.00
Students develop an understanding of the meaning of philanthropy, its importance in society, and its integral relationship to the fund development process. The social context for philanthropy, development, and fund raising and the changing practices for non-profit leadership are addressed. Presents and evaluates strategies and communication tools used to support fund development goals. Students develop abilities in grantwriting, requesting major donor support, structuring annual giving campaigns, and establishing special events. Prereq: RMP 800 or permission.

RMP 964 - Graduate Internship
Credits: 3.00
Supervised, professional administrative work experience in an approved recreation, park, tourism, or health care agency. Students participate in a 14-week 560-hour internship experience after receiving approval from their academic adviser and the internship coordinator. Prereq: RMP 800, 805 or 806, permission. Cr/F.

RMP 970 - Teaching Practicum
Credits: 3.00
Students work with a faculty mentor to investigate, observe, and practice teaching methods and learning theory. Includes the various instructional technologies as tools to enhance the teaching/learning process. The Teaching Practicum is designed for students who wish to assume part-time or adjunct University teaching positions upon completion of the Master's degree or who see themselves pursuing a future doctoral degree with higher education as a career goal. Prereq: RMP 800 and permission. Cr/F.

RMP 980 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
Prereq: RMP 800 and 805 or 806, permission. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

RMP 995 - Colloquium Seminar
Credits: 3.00
As a capstone course for the M.S. Degree in Recreation Management and Policy, this course is designed to invite students to bring content and ideas formed in previous coursework and experience to the consideration of opportunities and challenges in future professional practice. Central themes include ethical problem solving and issues and trends within the profession. Approaches to ethical inquiry, analysis of evidence and advocacy methodologies are addressed in the context of forming and articulating professional positions. The course is conducted as a colloquium with all participants contributing to the learning process. Prereq: RMP 800, 805 or 806, and permission.

RMP 998 - Special Topics
Credits: 2.00 to 4.00