College of Allied Health and Nursing
Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services
213 Highland Center N
Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services graduate students may develop a recreation core within the Cross-disciplinary Studies Master of Science degree program. For more information on this program, please refer to the Cross-disciplinary Studies program.
RPLS 540 (3) Therapeutic Recreation Assessment
Students will learn about and gain experience with assessment as it is practiced in therapeutic recreation settings. The course focuses on the basics of assessment, the four most frequently utilized information gathering techniques, and commonly used assessment instruments.
RPLS 547 (3) Therapeutic Recreation Process
This course details the Therapeutic Recreation process: assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation in relation to individual treatment programs in Therapeutic Recreation Service. Emphasis is on interpreting assessment data, writing measurable goals and objectives, implementing an actual program, and documenting program results in terms currently used in human service settings.
Prerequisite: RPLS 274
RPLS 550 (3) Therapeutic Recreation Techniques
This course is designed to teach a wide variety of interventions and facilitation techniques used in therapeutic recreation programs to give the student knowledge, practice, and ability in the implementation of leisure and recreation programs for persons with special needs.
Prerequisite: RPLS 274 and 447
RPLS 562 (2) Readings in RPLS
Exploring topics and authors in the field of recreation, parks, and leisure services, analyzing and synthesizing the information.
RPLS 565 (3) Event Management
This course introduces students to special event planning, development, budgeting, promotion, and evaluation. The use, recruitment, evaluation and recognition of volunteers as well as fund raising strategies are discussed and employed.
Prerequisite: RPLS 377
RPLS 571 (3) Research Design in RPLS
This course guides the student through the survey process, including the creation and implementation of a questionnaire. The data collected are then analyzed and a formal report, including a review of literature, is prepared. Computer skills are emphasized.
Prerequisite: COMS 100
RPLS 573 (3) Administration of Leisure Time Programs
Development of approaches in staffing, planning, organization, coordination, evaluation, and directing programs and personnel.
RPLS 575 (3) Public Land Use Policies
Traces the history of public lands in the United States, their acquisition and disposal. Congressional charges to executive agencies managing national lands and state and local government responsibilities for managing non-federal public lands. Attention is given to international oceanic resources and how the international community will manage these resources.
RPLS 578 (3) Review of Outdoor Recreation Research
This course examines major topics of social science research aimed at learning the preferences, attitudes, behaviors, experiences and benefits of visitors to outdoor recreation areas.
RPLS 579 (3) Wildland Recreation Management
This course introduces students to some basic natural resource and visitor management techniques in outdoor recreation settings. Topics such as interpretation and environmental education, visitor management and ecosystem management are among those discussed.
RPLS 581 (3) Park Systems & Planning
Traces the history of the parks movement in the United States, selected legislation establishing parks, and the enactment of funding legislation. The importance of public participation, planning and political strategies are stressed.
RPLS 582 (3) Leisure and Older Adults
Leisure as an integral aspect of successful aging is the focus of this course which includes: leisure in relation to physical, intellectual, social, and psychological aspects of aging and successful leisure programming in community based settings and in long term care.
RPLS 583 (3) Legal Processes in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services
This course consists of an overview of legislation that directly or indirectly affects recreation, parks, and leisure services past and present, public and private. Students will become participants in the process at several points during the semester.
RPLS 585 (1-3) Selected Topics
RPLS 589 (3) Advancement of the Therapeutic Recreation Profession
This course is designed to develop student's ability to function as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and practice critical thinking, writing, and oral skills related to treatment decisions, ethical issues, progressional issues, and health care delivery systems. Prerequisite: RPLS 274 and 547; EDFN 235 Human Development
RPLS 590 (2-4) Workshop
RPLS 591 (1-6) In-Service
Special offering for recreation, parks, and leisure services personnel in a variety of service-oriented areas.
RPLS 610 (2) Programming Leisure Time Activities
Planning leisure-time programs to meet the contemporary needs of a variety of client groups. Students will develop their personal and professional philosophy towards provision of leisure services. Various planning techniques incorporating concepts of building community coalitions and emphasizing collaboration and synergism will be emphasized.
RPLS 620 (3) Field Research Project
Research pursued within a recreation, parks, and leisure services agency or program.
RPLS 677 (1-6) Individual Study
Opportunity for advanced independent study and research designed by student and faculty advisor.
RPLS 691 (1-6) In-Service
RPLS 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper
RPLS 697 (1-6) Internship
Field experience focused on development of competencies in recreation, parks, and leisure service settings. For majors only.
RPLS 699 (3-6) Thesis