Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences (RPTS)

201. (PHED 1336) Foundations of Recreation, Parks and Tourism. (3-0). Credit 3.
This course will provide students with an understanding of the development of theoretical foundations of recreation, leisure and tourism; professional philosophy, present status, prospects for the future and the role of parks, recreation and tourism in modern society; overview of careers related to these branches of the experience industry.
209. Park and Tourism Operations. (2-2). Credit 3. Planning, execution and supervision of field maintenance and operations.
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. Application of Tourism Principles. (3-0). 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. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
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 Development. (3-0).
Credit 3. Analysis of the elements comprising a community, community assessment techniques and community development processes engaged by stakeholders and residents to improve living conditions; definitions and principles
associated with community development. 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: Junior or senior classification.*
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: RPTS 311.
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, sponsorship and vendor management. Prerequisites: RPTS 311 and RPTS 320.
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 302 and junior or senior classification.
336. Research and Analysis in Recreation and Tourism. (3-0).
Credit 3. Examination of current tourism and recreation research emphasizing specialized research methodology, adaptive techniques and methods of research useful to the recreation and tourism 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, Tourism and Diverse Populations. (3-0). Credit 3. Review of major judicial decisions and civil rights laws on provision and distribution of leisure services in society; influence of age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, religion and gender on individual’s preferences for particular experiences; implications of individual differences for the provision of services. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.*
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 302.
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.
371. Understanding and Developing Effective Skills for Youth Development. (3-0). Credit 3. Development of skills needed to effectively work with youth; issues such as youth participation, conflict resolution, youth-adult collaboration, leadership development, youth empowerment and youth voice; connection of theoretical concepts to practice. Prerequisites: RPTS 370 and junior or senior classification.
401. Tourism and Recreation Enterprises. (3-2). Credit 4. Market and financial feasibility analysis; resource characteristics, location and market aspects of tourism and recreation enterprises; sources of funding for facility development; approaches to marketing recreation, park and tourism services; applying knowledge to case study situations. Prerequisites: RPTS 304 or RPTS 423 and senior classification.*
402. Park Planning and Design. (2-2). Credit 3. 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 304 or RPTS 423; senior classification.
408. Community Development and Supporting Institutions. (3-0). Credit 3. Scope, function and mission of domestic and international organizations that support community development efforts. Prerequisites: RPTS 308 or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification.
423. Tourism Management. (3-0). Credit 3. Management issues and tools related to the travel and tourism industry; history, planning, operations, leading, directing and controlling tourism businesses; complexity and scope of tourism systems; issues related to ethics and sustainability; managing tourism in different environments; roles of technology and information technology; future of tourism. Prerequisite: RPTS 302.*
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 302.
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 international field 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.*
474. Management of Programs and Services for Youth. (3-2). Credit 4. Organizational behavior, administration and management of public, non-profit and commercial youth programs and agencies; strategic planning, marketing, financial resource development, budgeting and fiscal management; contemporary issues facing youth development field; international perspective on youth agencies. Prerequisite: RPTS 304, RPTS 370 and RPTS 371.
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.
478. Youth Development Practice. (3-0). Credit 3. Application of youth development philosophy in community settings; principles and practices of community youth development and existing youth development models; local efforts related to community youth development. Prerequisite: RPTS 370, RPTS 371 and junior or senior classification.
481. Seminar. (1-0). Credit 1. Development of knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the recreation, park and tourism fields; focus on career preparation and job search strategies, professionalism, networking and opportunities for advanced education. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
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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