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RPK 90 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 95 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 96 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 97 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 98 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 99 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 100 - Introduction to Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies
Includes history and philosophy of the Recreation and Parks movement. Discusses the theory of leisure and play. Analyzes leisure service delivery systems and career opportunities. Emphasizes the commercial, non-profit and public sectors, Armed Forces, therapeutic recreation as well as volunteer service.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 102 - Outdoor Recreation in the Appalachian Ecosystem
Highlights the diverse biological environment in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Focuses on the unique geology and geography of the region. Covers protection of the regionals natural resources and the watershed related to outdoor recreation activities and trail projects.
2 credits. Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
RPK 103 - Preparation for Wilderness Adventure
Covers the background knowledge needed to be prepared for a trip in the wilderness. Examines what to do in a planned and an unplanned extended wilderness experience. Focuses on what items to pack and the skills needed to ensure a successful outing.
2 credits. Laboratory 2 hours per week.
1 credits
RPK 105 - Trail Planning and Design
Introduces trail planning concepts including location assessment, planning, documenting and diagramming the trail. Covers basic elements of the layout and initial design of the trail. Presents the basic concepts of planning trailheads and river access areas and project marketing.
Lecture 2 hours per week. 2 credits.
2 credits
RPK 107 - Trail Maintenance and Design I
Covers introductory concepts for a trail project including the approval process, the establishment of a trailhead, and the components of a sustainable trail. Features construction methods for small property in addition to hiking trails and biking trails. Examines strategies for maintenance of established trails.
3 Credits. Lecture 2 hours per week. Lab hours 2 hours per week. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 108 - Trail Maintenance and Design II
Examines advanced concepts focusing on multi-use and backcountry trails, bridge construction, erosion control and drainage, conservation ethics and surface options. Emphasize blueways, hiking, biking and ATV trails. Covers maintenance strategies for established backcountry and multi-use trails.
3 Credits. Lecture 2 hours per week. Lab 2 hours per week. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 120 - Outdoor Recreation
Includes history and philosophy of conservation, preservation, and the development of outdoor recreation in the United States. Emphasizes development of practical skills in planning, instructing, and managing outdoor recreation programs and facilities, including youth resident camps, R.V. campgrounds, as well as resources in the urban setting.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 121 - Fundamentals of Camp Management
Includes the history and philosophy of the residential/day camp movement in the United States. Examines camp industry trends regarding specialty camps, camp organizations, programming and operation standards, marketing, insurance, risk management, administration, staffing, training and certification and improving professional requirements through national certification.
Lecture 3 hours per week/
3 credits
RPK 125 - Resource Interpretation and Education
Includes overview of the history of the outdoor education movement. Concentrates on the basic knowledge and skills necessary to design, implement and present interpretive programs and develop outdoor educational tools. Includes design and construction of interpretive displays using varied materials and forms of presentation media (print, audio-visual, and computer software). Students will be required to create and present an interpretive program or outdoors education instruction tool. Prerequisite: ENG 111 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in a SPD course.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 131 - Kayaking
Introduces kayaking techniques, water classification, conditioning, safety and destination planning. Includes field experience involving kayaking in multiple environments; flat water, ocean and whitewater (may require overnight stay). Prerequisite: Ability to swim.
Laboratory 2 hours per week.
1 credits
RPK 135 - Program Planning
Includes principles of program planning in the recreation setting. Analyzes participants' needs and demands, as well as social, physical, and psychological characteristics. Explains how to organize and lead programs. Includes a leadership practicum. Prerequisite: Completion of concurrent enrollment in RPK Leadership & Supervision.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 140 - Land Use Ethics
Examines the impacts of human activity on the outdoor environment, specifically lands used for backpacking, hiking, and camping. Addresses the history and philosophy of the Leave No Trace movement, regarding sustainable backcountry and "at-home" practices, visitor demands and resource management challenges.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
RPK 141 - Leadership and Supervision
Introduces leadership and supervision in the leisure services industry. Assesses leadership styles, traits and leadership theories and provides the opportunity for students to assess their own individual styles. Addresses group dynamics, conflict, and issue relating specifically to leadership of volunteers. Includes a leadership practicum.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 146 - Recreation Facilities Management & Design
Introduces concepts of facilities planning, site analysis, planning and zoning strategies, landscape design. Emphasizes the creation and maintenance of "people-space". Presents issues regarding community development, needs assessment, facility planning and design, geographic use patterns and demographics. Includes field experience. Prerequisite: Advanced standing.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 150 - Mountain Biking
Teaches the sport of mountain biking, equipment, techniques, basic bicycle repair, and trail safety and etiquette, trail conflict management, trail development and destination planning.
Laboratory 2 hours per week.
1 credits
RPK 151 - Orienteering
Introduces orienteering, compass and GPS use, topography, and geocaching as a sport. Teaches map reading, using a compass, decision-making and team work.
Laboratory 2 hours per week.
1 credits
RPK 152 - Sports First Aid & Safety
Focuses on the introduction to first aid protocols causes, signs and symptoms of injury for coaches, injury prevention, preseason physicals, fitness screenings, and conditioning programs and return to play guidelines, injury prevention and risk management, as well as the design and implementation of a medical emergency plan.
Laboratory 2 hours per week.
1 credits
RPK 160 - Wilderness First Aid
Examines the role of outdoor professionals in wilderness medicine and the response, care and rescue of outdoor participants in non-urban environments. Provides intensive, in-depth training in the areas of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, patient assessment system, body systems, environmental injuries/ conditions, anaphylaxis, lifting/moving/extrication, patient carries, and backcountry medicine.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
2 credits
RPK 170 - Recreational Backpacking
Presents backpacking skills including destination selection, route planning, gear selection and preparation (individual and group), trip safety and permitting requirements, packing techniques, wilderness medicine and backcountry protocols, food selection and cooking techniques and clothing selection. Presents land use ethic of Leave No Trace, permitting requirements and outdoor skills.
Laboratory 4 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
1 credits
RPK 171 - Canoeing
Introduces the history of canoeing, paddling techniques, safety, water conditions and trip planning related to canoe operation in a river, lake or ocean environment. Prerequisite: Ability to swim.
Laboratory 4 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
1 credits
RPK 175 - Rock Climbing
Covers fundamentals of rock climbing, belay skills, gear and hardware specific to sport climbing. Presents climbing techniques, climbing and climb site safety, knots, and equipment care and maintenance.
Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
1 credits
RPK 180 - Youth Sports Administration
Prepares coaching professionals to develop and implement emotionally and physically healthful youth sports programs. Includes an analysis of the youth sports program planning process including: philosophy development, learning styles and outcomes, managing parents and players, skills development, risk management, financial planning and strategic partnerships and sports event management.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 190 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 193 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
RPK 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 196 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 197 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 201 - Recreation and Parks Management
Examines organization and management of recreation and park agencies. Discusses theories and principles of management, organizational behavior, budget preparation, hiring preparation, hiring practices and personnel management, documentation and presentation. Examines software specific to recreation facility and program management.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 202 - Leisure Studies Practicum
Examines the organization and management of recreation and parks agencies through hands-on experience in an internship placement within a leisure services agency. Develops students' personal and professional needs and interests by working within a professional setting. Prerequisite: RPK 201 and 2.5 GPA.
Laboratory 2 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 210 - Principles and Psychology of Coaching
Provides an analysis of volunteer coaching and the coaching profession planning process including; philosophy development, learning styles and outcomes, managing parents and players, skills development, risk management, financial planning, drugs and eating disorders in sport and physical training.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 220 - Ecotourism and Sustainable Practices
Examines the impacts of visitor behavior and ecotourism on natural resources and the management of ecotourism facilities and destinations(governmental and non-governmental), national and international guidelines for ecotourism, and the response to the increasing growth of ecotourism and eco-travel in the U.S. and abroad and the resulting need for sustainable tourism practices.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
4 credits
RPK 230 - Wilderness Medicine
Examines the role of outdoor professional in wilderness medicine and the response, care and rescue of outdoor participants in non-urban environments. An intensive 72 hour Wilderness First Responder(WFR) course which provides in-depth training in the areas of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, patient assessment, circulatory system, respiratory system, lifting, moving and extrication, fractures, stable injuries, nervous-system, wounds, burns, principles of trauma, spine injuries, emergency childbirth, toxins, bites, stings, altitude/diving, hypo/ hyperthermia, near drowning, frostbite, lightning, allergies, anaphylaxis, medical and legal issues, search and rescue and personal preparedness.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
4 credits
RPK 255 - Leisure Services for Persons with Disabilities
Provides historical perspective as well as current theory and practice regarding the delivery of leisure services to people with disabilities. Introduces competencies needed to design, implement and direct leisure experiences for people of all abilities. Strategies for identifying and removing physical and programmatic barriers are discussed. Examines disability legislation, universal design principles, assistive technology, adaption techniques and leadership skills. Prerequisite: Advanced standing.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 265 - Risk Management
Discusses the law and liability as they relate to the delivery of leisure services. Teaches practitioners legal principles necessary to analyze programs and facilities with respect to safety, emergency preparedness, and accident reporting protocols. Review hiring procedures, ADA compliance, national (CPSC, ASTM, OSHA) and professional standards (NRPA, ACA), certification and training standards (CPRP, CTRS), supervision and the role of maintenance and insurance. Uses case law and national compliance standards to illustrate legal principles. Prerequisite: Advanced standing.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RPK 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 293 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
RPK 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 296 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-6 credits
RPK 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RPK 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits