Recreation and Sport Management Course Descriptions
RSM 210 Recreational Activities (3) – An exploration
of a variety of activities appropriate for use in any recreational setting. Areas
of concentration will include music, crafts, nature, special events, fitness,
leisure counseling, and socialization. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition
of activity skills.
RSM 242 Introduction to Recreation and Sport Management (3)– The
significance and meaning of recreation, leisure, play, and sport in modern
society. The theories of play, models of sport, and the recreational
and sport movement in the United States. Role and scope of recreation
and sport programs in the community, schools, commercial, and industrial
settings. Introduction to professional and career issues in the field.
RSM 280 Recreation for People with Disabilities (3) (Prereq:
RSM 242). An introduction to the concepts and professional
approaches to recreation service delivery for people with disabling
conditions. Emphasizes appreciation for human diversity and the
impact of differences on recreation involvement.
RSM 301 Principles of Coaching (3) (= PHED 301) (Prereq: RSM
242). A study of coaching from a contemporary coaching
education model. Principles focus on coaching athletics in recreation,
amateur, and educational settings. Topics include philosophical,
ethical, developmental, behavioral/psychological, pedagogical, and
physical/conditioning issues. Course also provides overview of
coaching management and provides certification opportunity.
RSM 305 Sports Officiating (3). A study of the
philosophy and principles of sports officiating. Includes rules
and mechanics for officiating of various seasonal sports, with practical/field
experiences. Includes observation and evaluation officials in recreational,
high school, and collegiate settings with certification opportunities.
RSM 309 Youth Sport (3). (Prereq: PSY 101 or SOC 101 or
SOC 102). An investigation into the issues of children
participating in organized and competitive sport. Examines youth
sports from biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives. Emphasis
is placed on the impact of sport managers and leaders in the delivery
of youth sport programs.
RSM 310 Campus Recreation (3) (Prereq: RSM 242). An
introduction to collegiate recreation and intramural sports programs
including professional ethics, facility operations, program management,
legal liability and risk management, marketing, fiscal management, and
RSM 315 Outdoor Recreation (3) (Prereq: RSM 242). An
overview of the role of the natural world in recreation services. The
course will focus on values of outdoor recreation, adventure recreation,
environmental impact, and the role of government in the provision of
RSM 317 Sport Law and Ethics (3). A survey of
the ethical and legal issues confronting sport in contemporary society. Students
use a case study approach to become familiar with interconnecting legal
and ethical issues as they arise within the context of sports from youth
to professional levels.
RSM 320 Administration of Sport and Physical Education (3) (=
PHED 320) (Prereq: RSM 242). Course designed to introduce
the undergraduate student to the administrative duties of the teacher,
coach, recreation director, and athletic director. Topics include
organizational structures, personnel management, budget planning, risk
management, legal considerations, and evaluation for program accountability.
RSM 337 Legal Issues in Recreation and Sport (3) (Prereq: RSM
242). An overview of the role of local, state and federal
governments 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.
RSM 340 Sport and Exercise Behavior (3) (= Psychology 340) (Prereq:
PSYC 101 or SOC 101 or SOC 102). An overview of
basic concepts and principles essential to understanding the psychological
and behavioral aspects of sport and exercise. Emphasis is given
to the conceptual frameworks and the applied aspects of performance
enhancement, exercise behavior and motivation, sociological factors,
and health and well-being. Applications are made to future practitioners
of coaching, teaching, sports medicine, counseling, sport management,
RSM 350 Ecotourism (3). An introduction to the
scope, characteristics, and management aspects of the ecotourism industry
within a designated country. The course offers a study abroad opportunity
and a blend of conceptual and practical material to help achieve a basic
understanding of this diverse industry (requires travel).
RSM 352 Commercial Recreation (3) (Prereq: RSM 242). Basis
steps of initiating and conducting a commercial recreation enterprise;
designed to offer students practical experience in starting a recreation
RSM 369 Sport Marketing and Promotion (3) (Prereq: CBAD 350). An
application of fundamental marketing and promotion concepts to the sport
industry. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the relationship
between sport products and sport consumer markets. Students will
utilize the analysis, strategy development, implementation, and evaluation
phases of the sport marketing process.
RSM 377 Sport Tourism (3). An introduction to
the scope, characteristics, and management aspects of the sport tourism
industry. The course offers a blend of conceptual and practical
material to help achieve a basic understanding of this diverse industry.
RSM 389 Recreation and Sport Leadership (3) (Prereq: RSM 242
and THEA 140). This course focuses on the study and
practice of leadership styles and direct leadership techniques for
conducting organized recreation and sport programs for all age groups.
RSM 390 Program Planning for Recreation and Leisure (3) (Prereq:
RSM 337). This course focuses on the principles and
approaches to planning and implementing recreation programs. A
philosophical and practical basis for preparing a variety of recreation
programs will be covered.
RSM 392 Field Experience in Recreation and Sport (3) (Prereq:
RSM 369 or RSM 390). A supervised practicum in a professional
setting; on-site observation in a public, private, or commercial setting
with experience in all working areas and activities pertinent to that
RSM 396 Orientation to Internship (1) (Prereq: RSM 337). Plan
and prepare for the internship in recreation and sport management. Analyze
career placement opportunities, the internship process, and associate
RSM 399 Independent Study (3) (Prereq: RSM 242).
RSM 400 Sport in Contemporary Society (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101
or SOC 101 or SOC 102). An investigation into sport
as a microcosm of society and how it is influenced by cultural traditions,
social values, and psychosocial experiences. Emphasis is placed
on how sport managers are immersed in the soci-cultural milieu, with
sport as the focus. Course includes the examination of changing
attitudes, behaviors, and trends in the world of sport.
RSM 432 Research and Evaluation in Recreation and Sport Management
(3) (Prereq: RSM 390 or RSM 369). Systematic, structured
problem-solving for decision making in recreation and sport management
services. Research techniques/evaluation procedures; quantitative,
qualitative methodologies; deductive, inductive reasoning (computer
RSM 438 Recreation for Active Aging (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101 or
SOC 101 or SOC 102). This course introduces the students
to recreation activities and techniques for working with senior adults. Topics
include procedures for programming, implementation, and evaluation
of recreation activities that serve senior adults.
RSM 456 Recreation Administration (3) (Prereq: RSM 390). Administrative
policies and organizational management of recreation services, financial
and personnel practices, public relations (computer usage).
RSM 482 Special Topics in Recreation and Sport (3) (Prereq:
RSM 389). Topics of special interest in contemporary
recreation and sport management. Reading, research, and application
of selected subject(s).
RSM 492 Campground Administration (3) (Prereq: RSM 390). Basic
concepts of campgrounds and management. Topics include administration
and organizational structure, business management, insurance for special
groups or special camps, day camping, residence camping, recreational
vehicle camping, campground facility design and maintenance, special
event planning, and camp appraisals.
RSM 494 Area and Facility Management in Recreation and Sport
(3) (Prereq: RSM 320 or RSM 390). Basic consideration
in planning, construction, design, risk management, and maintenance
of sport and recreation areas, facilities, and buildings.
RSM 496 Internship in Recreation and Sport Management (12) (Prereq:
senior standing and completion of all RSM required courses; successful
completion of internship application and exit exam; to be taken semester
prior to graduation). Twelve-week/480 hour full-time
supervised experience in recreation or sport at a cooperative and approved
RSM 499 Directed Undergraduate Research (1-6) (Prereq: RSM 432
or permission of instructor). Using the scientific method,
directed undergraduate research on a recreation or sport management topic
to be developed by the student and instructor.