Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences (RPTS)

101.  Introduction to Recreation and Parks. (1-0). Credit 1. Development of recreation movement with broad treatment of the role of parks and recreation in modern society; interlinkages of recreation with other uses of natural resources; basic concepts of recreation.

201.  (PHED 1336) Foundations of Recreation and Parks. (3-0). Credit 3. Development of theoretical foundations of recreation and leisure; professional philosophy, present status, prospects for the future and the role of parks and recreation in modern society.

209.  Park and Tourism Operations. (2-2). Credit 3. Planning, execution and supervision of field maintenance and operations.

291.  Research. Credit 1 to 3. Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in recreation park and tourism sciences. Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

300. Supervised Field Studies. Credit 3. Survey and application of principles of recreation and parks; selected aspects of park and recreation management in an operational setting under the supervision of an approved agency; preparation and presentation of a comprehensive analysis of a specific problem; offered on an individual basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: RPTS 307; 12 hours of credit in recreation and parks.

301.  Leisure and Outdoor Recreation in American Culture. (3-0). Credit 3. Introduction to the fundamental concepts of leisure and outdoor recreation and how they influence us as individuals, groups and society; critical factors such as self, family, lifespan, ecology, health, work patterns, communications, diversity, popular culture, and consumption are studied in relationship to past, present and future leisure patterns.

302. Applications of Tourism Principles. (3-1). Credit 3.  Tourism principles applied at local, regional and international levels; examination of the scale, scope and organization of the industry including marketing destinations and experiences; issues related to the economic, technological and political aspects of tourism.

304. Administration of Recreation Resource Agencies. (3-0). Credit 3. Contemporary issues and related administrative practices associated with the provision of recreation services and settings; addresses principles associated with recreation resource agency administration; personnel and customer-related administrative issues in recreation resource agencies; concepts and principles relevant to commercial and non-profit recreation resource agencies. Prerequisites: RPTS 201 and RPTS 209; RENR 201.

307.  Methods of Environmental Interpretation. (2-2). Credit 3. Communication processes and practices between resource managers and publics using or affected by natural, cultural and tourism resource places; principles and techniques of gathering, analyzing and disseminating information through various media, such as exhibits, presentations, publications and programs.*

308. Foundations of Community and Community Change. (3-0). Credit 3. Examines the many facets of community change: types of developments and sources of change, strategies and methods of assessing change, resource identification and mobilization, and outcome implications for policy making.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

311.  Planning and Implementation of Events and Programs. (3-0). Credit 3. Planning, operations, administration and evaluation; includes creation and implementation of programs and special events with budgeting, operational and venue logistics, marketing, fund raising, hospitality training and participant satisfaction. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.*

316.  Recreational Management of Wildlands. (3-0). Credit 3. Management and recreational use of wild and wilderness areas and multiple use management areas; systems and techniques for dealing with management problems in outdoor recreation. Prerequisite: RPTS 307 or approval of instructor.*

320.  Event Management and Operations I. (3-0). Credit 3. Principles and applications for effective planning and management of events; planning, promotion, operational logistics, sponsorship and evaluation. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

321.  Event Management and Operations II. (3-0). Credit 3. Advanced principles and applications of event management, including practical knowledge relating to contracting, media, fund raising, compliance and oversight, risk management, site logistics, sponsorships and vendor management. Prerequisites: RPTS 320 and RENR 201 or equivalent; junior or senior classification.

331.  Tourism Marketing. (3-0). Credit 3. Application of basic tourism marketing principles and concepts in government, business, and social-cause contexts; situation analysis and operational evaluation; decision making in terms of product, place, price, and channel of distribution mixes for tourism attractions and services. Prerequisite: RPTS 202 or approval of instructor.

336.  Recreation Research and Analysis. (3-0). Credit 3. Introduction to current recreation research emphasizing specialized research methodology, adaptive techniques and methods of research review useful to the recreation professional; analysis of the methods of problems identification, formulation and solution. Prerequisites: RENR 201 and STAT 201 or equivalents; all mathematics requirements satisfied.*

340. Recreation, Parks and Diverse Populations. (3-0). Credit 3. Review of major judicial decisions and civil rights laws on provision and distribution of recreation and park services in society; the influence of age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, religion and gender on individual’s preferences for particular recreation opportunities and experiences; implications of individual differences for the provision of recreation services.*

360.  Ecotourism: Principles and Practices. (3-0). Credit 3. Principles and practices related to ecotourism; analyzes outcomes of ecotourism for conservation and development; ecotourism as a strategy to protect culture and the physical environment. Prerequisite: RPTS 202.

370.  Youth Development Organizations and Services. (3-0). Credit 3. Changing views of adolescence and youth culture in the United States; developmental assets and principles of developing positive youth development supports, opportunities and services; mentoring and staff development for youth serving agencies; goals, program emphases, administrative methods and membership of major youth serving organizations.

372.  Youth Development Practice. (3-0). Credit 3. Application of youth development ideals in community settings; principles and practices of community youth development and existing youth development models; local community efforts related to community youth development. Prerequisite: RPTS 370.

374.  Administration of Programs and Services for Youth. (3-0). Credit 3. Overview of topics germane to organization of youth programs; administration and leadership; institutional and organizational structures; administrative and strategic planning; working with volunteer advisory groups; marketing and financing fiscal and human resources. Prerequisite: RPTS 370.

401.  Tourism and Recreation Enterprises. (3-0). Credit 3. Market and financial feasibility analysis; resource characteristics, location and market aspects of tourism and recreation enterprises. Prerequisites: 3 hours economics and 3 hours management.*

402. Park Planning and Design. (3-2). Credit 4. Classification of areas according to primary function, location and clientele served; basic park planning principles involving scale, circulation, function and spatial relationships; methodology for establishing planning goals, objectives and planning strategies. Prerequisites: RPTS 201 and RENR 201 or equivalents; junior classification.*

403.  Financing and Marketing Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources. (3-2). Credit 4. Public
sources of funding for facility development and of approaches to marketing recreation, park, and tourism services; applying knowledge to case study situations. Prerequisites: RPTS 311; junior or senior classification.

408. Community Development and the Landgrant System. (3-0). Credit 3. Introduction to the scope, function and mission of the landgrant system in higher education and it’s relationship to community development. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

420.  Natural Resource Law. (3-0). Credit 3. Basic legal relationships and issues involved in the management, development and allocation of natural resources; includes federal, state and local statutes, administrative rules and judicial decisions; alternative dispute resolution theories and techniques. Cross-listed with RENR 420.

423.  Resort and Tourism Management. (3-0). Credit 3. Managing tourism businesses; organization, complexity and scope of tourism systems; tourism issues related to distribution, operations and sustainability; managing tourism in different environments; roles of technology and information technology; future of tourism. Prerequisite: RPTS 202.*

426.  Tourism Impacts. (3-0). Credit 3. Consequences and impacts of various kinds of tourism development for host communities and regions; read and evaluate case studies from Texas, other areas in the United States and internationally; economic, environmental, social, cultural and political impacts associated with tourism proposals, project development, tourist activity, industry expansion and industry decline. Prerequisite: RPTS 202 or approval of instructor.

441.  Tourism Experience. (3-0). Credit 3. Theoretical foundation of tourism experiences from an interdisciplinary perspective, including the role of humans, nature/landscapes, built environments and technologies in staging tourism-experiences; draws implications for the design/planning, management and marketing of tourism venues such as events, festivals, museums, hotels/resorts, cruise ships, cities, theme parks, and websites. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.*

445.  Sustainability in International Tourism. (3-0). Credit 3. International tourism with a focus on the diversity of tourism practices and policies around the world and approaches scholars use to study tourism planning, management, marketing, sustainability and impacts; includes a required internationalfield trip during spring break. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.*

446. Information Technology Adoption and Use in Recreation, Park and Tourism Organizations. (3-0). Credit 3. Theories of technology adoption and diffusion in recreation, park and tourism organizations; use of technology for knowledge management, benchmarking, and collaboration within leisure and tourism organizations. Prerequisite: RENR 201.

460.  Nature, Values, and Protected Areas. (3-0). Credit 3. Writing-intensive discussion of the ways  in  which  protected  areas  reflect  human  values  about  nature;  identify  stakeholders  in  and around  protected  areas,  exploring  how  interests  either  conflict  or  coincide;  evaluate  social,  economic, cultural, and ecological trade-offs of different approaches to conservation. Prerequisite: RPTS 307 or RPTS 316; or 9 hours of credit in natural resource courses. Cross-listed with RENR 460.*

476.  Leadership for Outdoor Recreation. (3-0). Credit 3. Leadership principles related to outdoor recreation; classroom instruction and experiential learning; skills training through field trips; risk management planning, environmental education, group facilitation, and trip planning. Prerequisite: RPTS 370.

481.  Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1. Preparation and presentation by students of papers reviewing recreation literature or reporting on current recreation developments. Required of all recreation and park majors.
Prerequisite: Senior classification in recreation and parks.

484.  Internship. Credit 1 to 6. Practical experience working in a professional recreation, park or tourism setting. Offered on an individual basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

485.  Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4 each semester. For individual research by advanced undergraduates upon a broad range of subjects not included in established courses. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of department head.

489.  Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4. Selected topics in an identified field of recreation and parks. May be repeated for credit.*

491.  Research. Credit 1 to 3. Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in recreation park and tourism sciences. Registration in multiple sections of this course are possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

*Field trips required for which departmental fees may be assessed to cover costs

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