Recreation,Tourism & Sports Management
2013 -- Introduction to Recreation, Tourism & Sport
Management -- 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.
General Education: Core --
Application & Integration of Knowledge.
2103 -- Leadership & Diversity in RTSM -- 3 credit
Students will examine and practice leadership techniques
and group dynamics in RTSM programming. Application of these
techniques and concepts will be examined specific to minority
status, gender, youth at risk, senior citizens, and people with
disabilities. Prerequisite: RTSM
2403 -- Principles of Tourism -- 3 credit
Survey of travel and tourism in the United States with focus on
terminology, demographics, financial significance, and trends.
Prerequisite: RTSM 2013.
Course rotation: Fall. General
Education: Intermediate -- Communication;
Intermediate -- Engaged Local & Global Citizenship.
2603 -- Principles of Sport Management -- 3 credit
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 -- 3
Management and design principles applied to park,
recreation, and sport areas and facilities. Emphasis on
operational efficiency, quality service, fiscal responsibility, and
maintenance management. Additional emphasis on physical
accessibility of facilities.
Prerequisite: RTSM 2013.
3303 -- Recreation Programming -- 3 credit
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. Prerequisites: ENGL 1023 and
RTSM 2013. General
Education: Intermediate -- Inquiry & Analysis;
Intermediate -- Application & Integration of Knowledge.
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.
Course rotation: Fall.
3513 -- Outdoor Recreation Management -- 3 credit
Examines the outdoor recreation movement in America and
its impact on natural resources. Reviews relationships
between changing public demand and the many agencies involved in
supplying outdoor recreation. Concepts and methods of outdoor
recreation planning and management explored with emphasis on
visitor and wildlife management. Current issues relative to
recreation provision are identified and debated.
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.
3613 -- Research & Evaluation in RTSM -- 3 credit
Overview of research and evaluation methods as applied to
recreation, tourism, and sport management services. Topics
will include needs assessment and program and service
evaluation. Prerequisite: RTSM
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.
3901 -- Pre-internship Seminar -- 1 credit
Review of philosophy and professional ethics of
recreation, tourism, and sport management. Self assessment of
student's strengths, limitations, and career aspirations.
Preparation of reference files, letters, and resumes.
Identification of and application to program-approved
agencies for completion of internship.
Prerequisites: RTSM 2103, RTSM 2403, RTSM
2603,and RTSM 3303.
4102 -- Senior RTSM Seminar -- 2 credit
Integration of knowledge, theory, and methods from coursework 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
Prerequisite: Senior standing
or instructor's permission.
4203 -- Park & Open Space Planning & Design -- 3
This course will familiarize students will the basic
principles of planning and design of outdoor recreation and park
facilities. The course reviews the importance of an
environmental and social ethic in planning and design, the process
and products, and how planning and design of a place can influence
people. Students should complete the course having gained
knowledge that will help them to contribute to a planning or design
process and be able to critically examine various types of plans
4303 -- Professional Event Management -- 3 credit
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. General
Education: Mastery -- Engaged Local & Global
Citizenship; Mastery -- Application & Integration of
4403 -- Tourism Destination Management -- 3 credit
This course examines the functions of community tourism
management. Examines management strategies and methods to
fund, operate, and promote a tourism destination to meet the needs
of the community, local service providers, and potential
visitors. Includes consideration of environmental and
resource requirements as well as tourism's social and cultural
ramifications. Prerequisite: RTSM
4503 -- Adventure-Based Recreation -- 3 credit
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
4603 -- Athletic Administration -- 3 credit
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
Presentation and discussion of relevant issues in Recreation,
Tourism & Sport Management.
4903 -- RTSM Internship -- 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 an RTSM program
supervisor. Grading: Credit/No Credit.
Prerequisites: RTSM 3901, senior
standing, and program coordinator's permission.
General Education: Mastery --
Communication; Mastery -- Inquiry & Analysis.