Recreation and Parks (RPK)

RPK 100 - Introduction to Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies

Course Description

Effective: 2017-01-01

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

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to have the student gain an understanding of the scope and status of the leisure services profession.

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RPK 102 - Outdoor Recreation in the Appalachian Ecosystem

Course Description

Effective: 2013-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

To provide the student with general exposure to the delicate biological environment that exists in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and the effects that recreational activities and related projects have on the Appalachian Ecosystem.

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RPK 103 - Preparation for Wilderness Adventure

Course Description

Effective: 2013-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

To provide the student who is planning on participating in wilderness activities, such as backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, etc., with the basic skills and knowledge to properly prepare for the experience.

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RPK 105 - Trail Planning and Design

Course Description

Effective: 2013-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

To provide the student who is interested in participating in a trail building project with an introductory overview of the necessary requirements that one needs to consider and execute before building a trail.

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RPK 107 - Trail Maintenance and Design I

Course Description

Effective: 2013-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

To provide the student who wants to get involved either as a volunteer or to seek employment in trail building projects with a knowledge and understanding of the many steps that need to be taken from the beginning to the completion of a successful trail building project.

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RPK 108 - Trail Maintenance and Design II

Course Description

Effective: 2013-05-01

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

General Course Purpose

To provide the student who wants to get involved either as a volunteer or to seek employment in trail building projects with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the many requirements that need to be considered and how to meet and execute these requirements in a knowledgeable and orderly way in order to have a successful project.

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RPK 135 - Program Planning

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

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.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To provide the student who is planning a career in Recreation Management with an understanding of how to develop the necessary facilities, equipment, records and reports involved in recreation programming, and to gain skills and knowledge in leadership for recreation services.

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