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Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM)

RPTM 356 Programming in Recreation Services (3) Translating agency philosophy and policy into understanding of organization, management, implementation, and evaluation of programming in recreation services.

RPTM 356 Programming in Recreation Services (3)

This course is designed to provide students with information and practical experience required to successfully design, promote, implement, and evaluate programs and special events in community, campus, or commercial contexts. There are several course objectives, including: (a) increasing students' knowledge of key concepts in program planning and an understanding how they impact programming decisions; (b) increasing students' knowledge of decision factors involved in analyzing and designing a recreation program or special event; and (c) increasing students' skills associated with key management functions required to implement a recreational program or special event. Students are required to work in teams to design, promote, implement and evaluate a special event that will benefit participants and the sponsoring agency.

Main Topics Typically Included in the Course:
* Programming concepts, including programmer, program contexts, benefits-based programming, programming approaches, comprehensive programming cycle, and program formats
* Management structures, including organization of teams into committee structures with clear roles, responsibilities, and reporting structure
* Program design, including program concept, program purpose, goals and objectives, and development of themed events
* Situation analysis, including analysis of internal and external factors/ resources, potential participants' needs and interests, and program-related research
* Budget development and sponsorship, including direct fixed and variable costs associated with event, differential pricing, and sponsorship
* Promotion, including purposes for promotion, types of promotional tools, and development of a promotional plan
* Event logistics, including development of a schedule of events, equipment and supplies, volunteers and staffing, registration, site layout, and event logistics
* Risk management, including safety check, policies and procedures, staff/volunteer orientation, and overall risk management plan.
* Program evaluation, including summative and formative, process and outcome evaluation

This is a required course for majors in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management. Students from other majors may enroll in this course, providing they have met the pre-requisites. 

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2005
Prerequisite: or concurrent:RPTM 101, RPTM 236 ; fifth-semester standing

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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