RPTA - QC Course List

RPTA Core Courses

111 Introduction to Leisure Services. (3) Examines the purpose and function of leisure services delivered by governmental, non-profit, and private agencies. For major and minor, course is prerequisite to all upper division courses. (articulates with Black Hawk College HPE 211)

199 Fieldwork in Leisure Services. (1, repeatable to 2) A minimum of 100 clock hours work experience per credit hour in up to three approved park or recreation agencies. An orientation to the leisure service profession. Prerequisite: prior consent of departmental adviser. Graded S/U only.

230 Leadership in Leisure Services. (3) A study of the theory, principles, and processes of leadership in delivery of leisure services. Laboratory involved. (articulates with Black Hawk College HPE 215)

235 (formerly RPTA 332) Programming Principles & Applications in Leisure Services. (3) Explores the purpose and functions of programs, planning principles, objectives, organizational behavior, and evaluation. Translation of a program plan into practical situations. Prerequisites: RPTA 111; upper division status or consent of instructor. Field observations required.

322 Administration of Leisure Services I. (3) Provides basis for understanding administrative process related to delivery of leisure services. Explores administration/management theory, communication, marketing, and public relations. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: RPTA 111; upper division status or consent of instructor.

323 Administration of Leisure Services II (3) Provides the basis for understanding administrative processes related to the delivery of leisure services. Explores fiscal management, human resources management, and legal issues related to leisure services. Prerequisite: RPTA 322 and upper division status, or consent of the instructor.

376 Perspectives in Outdoor Recreation. (3) Examines 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. Prerequisites: upper division status or consent of instructor.

397 Research and Evaluation in Leisure Services. (3) Introduces basic concepts and procedures for design and implementation of evaluative research in practical settings. Prerequisites: RPTA 111, Stat 171, and junior standing.

398 Internship Seminar. (1) Assists students to determine personal goals and objectives, conduct survey and apply to various agencies before making final selection for location of internship. Prerequisite: RPTA majors of junior or senior standing; RPTA minors by petition.

399 Issues in Leisure Services. (1) Explores the roles and responsibilities attributable to the developing professional, with a focus on service and environmental stewardship. Prerequisites: RPTA 111, 322, 332, and 376.

482 Facility Management. (3) Explores problems, principles, and techniques of management, design, and operation of selected park and recreation facilities. Special emphasis on swimming pools, tennis, racquetball, golf, ice skating, and community center activities. Consideration given to factors affecting energy conservation and reducing operational costs. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor. Field trip fee.

499 Internship in Leisure Services. (3) 12 s.h. to be taken concurrently. Laboratory field experience provides for practical application of knowledge and theory in a professional setting. Student acquires experience in all phases of leisure service delivery with highly qualified personnel in a selected agency with university faculty supervision. Cannot apply to minor except by petition. Prerequisites: upper division status or consent of instructor; approval of departmental committee

RPTA Professional Elective Courses

270 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations. (3) The course will introduce the history, mission, programs, and staffing of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and focus on the role they have in meeting the needs of youth and adults, including those of under-represented groups, in society.

362 Tourism. (3) Examines the principles, practices, and philosophy of the travel industry. No course prerequisite for nonmajors. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.

366 Commercial Recreation. (3) Examines the diversity of commercial recreation enterprises; also general trends and personal attributes associated with a career in commercial recreation. No course prerequisite for nonmajors. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor.

422 Advanced Administration of Leisure Services. (3) Investigates advanced concepts and processes related to the administration of leisure services, including marketing applications and the management of human and fiscal resources. Prerequisites: RPTA 322 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.

424 Fund Raising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services. (3) A study of the principles and practices associated with fundraising and utilization of volunteers in public as well as private nonprofit leisure service organizations. Prerequisite: RPTA 322. 

428 Youth and Leisure Services. (3) A study of the theories, principles, and practices related to youth and leisure including social trends and issues, youth development, youth services agencies, program planning and evaluation, behavior management, leadership, and public relations. Prerequisites: RPTA 230 and 332.

430 Principles of Recreational Sports. (3) The role of sport as a developmental tool by organizations such as local government, youth, and family nonprofit organizations, universities, corporations, military bases, and specialized amateur athletic organizations. Emphasis is placed on various instructional and competitive program delivery models. Prerequisites RPTA 111, 230, and 332.

448 Interpretation of Cultural and Environmental Resources. (3) Develops basic understanding of interpretation of natural, environmental, and cultural resources. Includes philosophy and techniques. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor. Field trip fee required.

450 Traveling Workshop. (1–3, repeatable to 6) Opportunity for students to observe the operations of a variety of leisure service agencies and to discuss on-location the trends, problems, and techniques in leisure service delivery. Prerequisite: upper division status or consent of instructor. Lab fee.

461 Conference and Convention Planning and Management. (3) Prepares students for positions as planners and managers of conferences and conventions at resorts, hotels, cruise ships, camps, universities, or other private or municipal convention centers. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.

467 Special Event Planning and Management. (3) The application of methods and techniques to plan, implement, and evaluate successful community special events. Content includes selection of event theme and coordination of set up, staff, finance, promotion, partnerships, and operations and evaluation. Prerequisite: RPTA 332.

470 American Humanics Management Institute: Nonprofit Youth and Human Service Organizations. (0) This course is an intensive experience, held at the American Humanics Management Institute, where students will participate in meetings and workshops designed to provide professional educational sessions and interactive case studies for students pursuing certification. Prerequisite: RPTA 270. Graded S/U only.

460 Community Tourism Development. (3) Provides essentials for successful development of a local tourism economy including organizing, planning, developing, and operation. Prerequisites: RPTA 362 and upper division status, or permission from instructor.

490 Independent Study. (1–3, repeatable to 8) Research projects or independent study not covered in other courses. Credit assigned according to the nature and scope of project. Prerequisites: upper division status or consent of instructor; written description of proposal including justification, objectives, and procedures must be submitted to department chairperson prior to enrollment; permission of department chairperson required.


RPTA Therapeutic Recreation Courses
(Required for TR students, can serve as RPTA professional electives for non-TR students)

251 Inclusive Leisure Services for Persons with Disabilities. (3) Study of the medical, social, and cultural factors that affect the participation in leisure services of persons who have disabilities as they participate in inclusive leisure services that promote personal development Volunteer experience required.

351 Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Evaluation. (3) Examines leisure and recreation assessment techniques, instruments, and testing protocols utilized in therapeutic recreation treatment and intervention. Prerequisite: RPTA 251 and upper division status, or consent of instructor.

451 Principles of Therapeutic Recreation. (3) Principles of program planning for special populations in clinical, residential, and community-based settings. Prerequisites: RPTA 251; upper division status or consent of instructor.

453 Clinical Therapeutic Recreation Processes. (3) Applies related clinical processes in therapeutic recreation service for persons with developmental, mental, emotional, social, physical, and chemical disabilities or impairments. Prerequisites: RPTA 251; upper division status or consent of instructor.

454 Management of Therapeutic Recreation. (3) Management of therapeutic recreation services including organization dynamics of health care institutions, quality assurance, finance and reimbursement, budgeting, clinical supervision, risk management, accreditation standards, certification, and professional ethics. Prerequisites: RPTA 251, 351, and 451; upper division status or consent of instructor.