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RTSM

2003 -- Leisure in American Society -- 3 credit hours
Issues relative to choices an individual and society make when utilizing "free" time and resources.  We will discuss the multi-billion dollar leisure industry and its effect on our personal lives and wellness.  Students will be introduced to APA style referencing and citationsNote: ENGL 1023 is highly recommended pre/co-requisite.  Course rotation: Fall.

2013- - Introduction to Recreation & Leisure Concepts & Professions -- 3 credit hours
Introduction to the professional fields in recreation and leisure by presenting the basic principles, fundamentals, and concepts as related to such factors as history and objectives, sociological and economic aspects, as well as motivation and barriers to participation.  Knowledge, attitude awareness, and resources needed to work with diverse populations. Additionally provides an introduction to communication tools necessary for RTSM professionals such as email, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc.  Focus on effective written and oral communication.  Prerequisite: RTSM 2003.  Course rotation: Spring.

2103 -- Leadership & Supervision in RTSM -- 3 credit hours
Leadership, group dynamics, human resources planning and organizing, employee recruitment, selection, and supervision.  Prerequisite: RTSM 2013.  Course rotation: Fall.

2403 -- Introduction to Tourism -- 3 credit hours
Survey of travel and tourism in the United States with focus on terminology, demographics, financial significance, and trends.  Prerequisite: RTSM 2013.  Course rotation: Fall.

2503 -- Outdoor Recreation Management -- 3 credit hours
Concepts and methods of outdoor recreation planning and management explored with emphasis on the public sector.  Current issues relative to recreation provision identified and debated.  Prerequisite: RTSM 2013.

2603 -- Introduction to Sport Management -- 3 credit hours
Development of a conceptual understanding of sport management, career opportunities in sport management, and the necessary competencies for the different career fields.  Prerequisite: RTSM 2013.

3103 -- Recreation & Sport Facility Management & Design -- 3 credit hours
Management and design principles applied to park, recreation, sport areas and facilities.  Emphasis on operational efficiency, quality service, fiscal responsibility and maintenance management and planning.  Additional emphasis on physical accessibility of facilities.  Prerequisite: RTSM 2013.  Course rotation: Fall.

3303 -- Recreation Programming -- 3 credit hours
Theoretical and applied approaches to the recreation program planning process.  Basic elements of programming using a variety of recreational settings and diversity of practical experience.  Prerequisite: RTSM 2013.  Course rotation: Spring.

3503 -- Outdoor Living Skills - 3 credit hours
Designed to acquaint students with basic outdoor living skills and related environmental practices.   A variety of outdoor activities, including overnight camping trips, are required.  Course fee will apply.  Pre-requisite: RTSM 2503.  Course rotation: Fall.

3523 -- Outdoor Recreation & Rural Tourism Consortium -- 3 credit hours
This is an off campus Outdoor Recreation and Rural Tourism Consortium taking place at Tremont, the Environmental Education Center at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Students will be expected to do readings prior to the trip and participate in the entire trip.  Course fee applies.  Prerequisite: RTSM majors and/or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Fall.

3603 -- Legal Issues in RTSM -- 3 credit hours
An overview of the role of government, commercial and non-profits in the provision of recreation and sport services.  Provides the basic understanding of legal liability, risk management, negligence, standard of care, safety regulations, and other legal subjects as they apply to recreation and sport.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: RTSM 2013.  Course rotation: Spring.

3803 -- Special Topics in RTSM -- 3 credit hours
Presentation and discussion of relevant issues in Recreation, Tourism & Sport Management.   Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Fall and Spring.

3903 -- Pre-capstone Seminar -- 3 credit hours
Review of philosophy and professional ethics of parks, recreation, and tourism management.  Self assessment of student's strengths, limitations, and career aspirations.  Preparation of reference files, letters, and resumes.  Identification of, application to, and acceptance by department-approved agencies for completion of capstone experience.  Prerequisites: RTSM 3103 and RTSM 3303.  Course rotation: Fall.

4103 -- Senior RTSM Seminar -- 3 credit hours
Integration of knowledge, theory and methods from course work and experience; development and presentation of comprehensive operational and management problems and plans.  Designed to encourage students to function as professionals and to relate areas of specialty to the broader Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management profession. Prerequisites: RTSM 3103 and RTSM 3303.  Course rotation: Spring.

4303 -- Professional Event Management -- 3 credit hours
Students acquire an in-depth knowledge about the field of event management.  Planning techniques, strategies, and requirements for planning, implementing, and evaluating community events are included.  Emphasizes ordinances, planning, funding, and marketing.  Prerequisite: RTSM 3303.  Course rotation: Spring.

4503 -- Adventure-Based Recreation -- 3 credit hours
Acquaints students with basic adventure-based outdoor activities and related environmental practices.  A variety of outdoor activities, including an overnight camping trip, are conducted in the classroom and surrounding areas.  Course fee will apply.  Prerequisite: RTSM 3503.

4603 -- Athletic Administration -- 3 credit hours
Provides overview of the area of athletics administration for scholastic and collegiate settings.  This course covers many areas from staffing and recruiting to fund-raising.  Prerequisite: RTSM 2603.

4803 -- Special Topics Course -- 3 credit hours
Presentation and discussion of relevant issues in Recreation, Tourism & Sport Management.  Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

4903 -- RTSM Capstone Experience -- 3 credit hours
Provides prospective RTSM professionals a 400-hour (ten-week) learning experience in a selected agency or organization, under the joint supervision of a qualified manager and a College capstone experience supervisor.  Prerequisite: RTSM 3903.  Course rotation: Summer.

 

 

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