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Please see the section on Course Description Symbols and Terms in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management Course Offerings

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Orientation to leisure in terms of personal and social growth, leisure and recreational planning, leisure time management, fitness and health enhancement, stress management, constructive use of leisure, and the development of personal leisure values. Designed for non-majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly RECR 180. (008787)
Introduction to basic camp management, outdoor-related skills, and outdoor leadership in a back-country environment. Exposure to the logistical planning process, risk management, environmental awareness/education, outdoor recreation programming, and psycho-social leadership skills. This course is applicable to all disciplines dealing with the management of people in a wilderness setting. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Formerly RECR 185. (008789)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 198. (008794)
First professional preparation course for majors and minors. Prerequisite to all upper-division required recreation courses for majors and minors. Sociology and social psychology of leisure. History of leisure in Western cultures. Philosophical foundations of leisure studies. Introduction to the principal journals and professional literature. Ethics and foundations of professional practice. Introduction to the principal professional organizations. Career and course of study planning. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 200. (008779)
Familiarization with the capabilities, limitations, and recreation management applications of computers. The basic operation, functions, and vocabulary of computers is examined. Word processing, electronic spreadsheet, and database/file management software packages is introduced. 1 hour lecture. Formerly RECR 201. (008780)
The role of citizens in influencing natural resources policy. Integrative study of factors influencing wildlife, timber, range, water, air, mineral, and recreation resources, including resource scarcity, societal structure, economic influences, and institutional policies. Focus on public involvement in natural resources planning and decision-making. Survey of basic principles of multiple-use natural resource management. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly RECR 210. (021245)
Theory and process of program planning, construction, operation, and evaluation as applicable to a variety of agencies and communities. Exposure to several types of programs serving different age groups, interests, and needs within a range of environments. Recruitment, use, and supervision of volunteers. Exploration of program areas in depth: social, cultural, physical, mental, and special events. Consideration of practical application. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 220. (008781)
Resources and needs for outdoor recreation: managing people and natural resources to provide quality outdoor recreation experiences. Study of historic, social, political, economic, and environmental factors influencing natural resources recreation at federal, state, and local levels. Survey of conflicts in natural resource land use. Required field trip. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 240. (008782)
Overview of the hospitality industry and its core businesses, including hotels and resorts, restaurants, clubs, theme parks, and cruise lines. Review of current issues and trends affecting various segments of the hospitality industry. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 250. (008783)
A study of the characteristics and needs of diverse populations, specifically related to the delivery of inclusive leisure services. In-depth discussion of personal and societal attitudes, stereotypes, cultural competencies, legislation, accessibility, and program modification. Learning experiences include volunteer work, guest speakers, and wheelchair experience. This course is applicable to all disciplines dealing with diverse populations. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 260. (008785)
Overview of the private sector of leisure services, including current trends in commercial recreation, employee recreation, the resort and hospitality industry, and recreation travel and tourism. The social, economic, and environmental significance of tourism and private sector recreation is examined. Selected recreation specialty businesses and tourism service providers are explored. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 270. (008808)
Prerequisites: RHPM 200; one course chosen from RHPM 220, RHPM 240, RHPM 250, or RHPM 260. Open to Recreation majors only.
Applications of science in recreation and parks management, including needs assessment and evaluation methods. Interpretation of research literature. Use of computers for data management and analysis. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 300. (008817)
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of RHPM 200, or faculty permission.
Study of the nature, scope, status, and historical development of professional leadership in recreation, parks, and special groups. Types, responsibilities, and criteria for positions. Professional preparation of personnel. Examination of professional body of knowledge, group dynamics, and theories of leadership. Competence, skills, and techniques of the supervisor and other professional personnel stressed. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 301. (008822)
Prerequisites: RHPM 200, RHPM 220.
Introduction to event management fundamentals and overview of the event industry. Topics include strategic planning, logistics, operations, financial management, risk management, and sustainability in event operations. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly RECR 323. (008801)
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of RHPM 200, or faculty permission.
Purpose, types, organization for scheduling, budget, recruitment, training, supervision, appraisal, tasks, tools, equipment, vegetation, OSHA, safety, and methods of maintenance. Design to minimize maintenance and vandalism. Review of special facilities: pools, golf courses, ball fields, camps, lakes, marinas, ski areas, state and federal recreation areas, etc. Field visits required. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 342. (008804)
Prerequisite: RHPM 250.
Organization, administration, and management of food service in the Food Service/Hospitality industry. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 350. (008805)
Prerequisite: RHPM 250.
This course is designed to provide students with an in depth understanding of the internal operations of hotels and resorts. The course covers the operation and management of resorts and hotels. The organization, duties, and administration of hotel front office. Examines the various jobs in the lodging front office, and procedures for registering, accounting for, and checking out of guests. Additional focus is on the organization, duties, and administration of hotel reservations, night audit, service quality, pricing and inventory management, and uniformed services departments. As a result of completing this course, students have real world knowledge, understanding, and skills that will facilitate their entry and early success in the resort and lodging industry. Some field trips are required in this course. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 354. (008806)
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of RHPM 200, or faculty permission.
Methods and skills to effectively provide recreation services for elders in a variety of settings; current issues and problems involved in providing leisure and recreation services for the elders; examination of the value of recreation activities in the lives of elders with regard to relatives and friends as well as oneself; resources for providing leisure programs and pre-retirement planning. Requires out-of-class activity with senior programs. Helpful to all disciplines working with senior citizens. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 360. (004440)
Prerequisites: RHPM 200, concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of one course chosen from RHPM 220, RHPM 240, RHPM 250, or RHPM 260.
Comprehensive knowledge of managing customer service in recreation, park, hospitality, and tourism operations. Methods for identifying customer service expectations; developing a service culture within a recreation or hospitality organization; setting quality standards; developing policies, procedures, and systems to assure quality customer service; managing personnel for quality customer service; developing techniques to minimize customer service problems; resolving customer complaints; and measuring customer satisfaction. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 371. (015805)
This course provides students with the opportunity to become involved in service to recreation and leisure agencies and organizations. Integrated learning is coupled with service in a collaborative relationship with a variety of civic and regional service agencies and organizations. Students are involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating selected service learning projects. 2 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. Formerly RECR 390. (021722)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 2 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 398. (008823)
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. Formerly RECR 399. (008824)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement, RHPM 200, RHPM 301; one course chosen from RHPM 220, RHPM 240, RHPM 250, or RHPM 260; senior standing.
Management of parks and/or recreation operations and agencies. Legalities, policies, practices, procedures, principles, and theory related to planning, organizing, staffing, training, motivating, controlling, evaluating, financing, and managing resources in parks, recreation, and leisure services. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. Formerly RECR 400. (008838)
Prerequisites: RHPM 200, RHPM 220, RHPM 300 (for RECR majors only); ACCT 201, NFSC 230 (for NFSC majors only); or faculty permission.
Management approaches to budget and finance in recreation and park agencies and businesses; budget preparations, forecasting, accounting techniques, and capital acquisition. Review of revenue options, capital funding, and revenue sources included. 3 hours discussion. Formerly RECR 420. (008829)
Prerequisites: RHPM 200, RHPM 220, RHPM 300, or faculty permission.
Introduction to marketing concepts; application of promotion in recreation, hospitality, and parks through the development of promotional materials for programs, organizations, and events. Creation of program, organization, and business promotional strategies, including message design, promotion creation, and evaluation. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 422. (008832)
Prerequisites: Junior standing.
Introduction to the study of law applicable to the management of recreation resources in providing valuable recreational experiences for clientele of public and commercial recreation programs and facilities. Examines general legal principles, legal aspects of provision of services by the private sector, contracts and contracting for recreation and park services, legal authority and methods in resource-based recreation areas, and legal liability in parks, recreation, and athletic programs. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 428. (008818)
Prerequisites: Junior standing.
Theoretical and applied concepts of citizen involvement in policy and management decisions for both public and private sectors of recreation resource management. Discussion of legal mandates, agency/organization credibility, applied methods for obtaining citizen input, and case studies. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 441. (008839)
Prerequisites: Junior standing.
Theory and application of environmental interpretation services to visitors in natural and cultural resource settings. Communication of environmental information to general public via audio-visual presentations, conducted trips, exhibits, nature trails, publications, and visitor centers. 4 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 444. (008840)
Prerequisites: RHPM 240, RHPM 300, or faculty permission.
Managing the interactions between natural resources and users to produce outdoor recreation. The outdoor recreation production function. Carrying capacity, limits of acceptable change, competition, and complementarity among recreation uses and between recreation uses and other resource uses. Methods for monitoring recreational impacts, and approaches to managing resource quality and recreational opportunities. Required field trip. 3 hours discussion. Formerly RECR 446. (008843)
Prerequisite: GEOS 130 or SCED 343 or equivalent.
This course is also offered as EDCI 448 .
Experiential-oriented survey of methods and materials for teaching environmental concepts in schools, communities, nature centers, camps, and parks. Exposure to history, theory, philosophy, and goals of environmental education programs. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 448. (002778)
Prerequisite: RHPM 354 or faculty permission.
This course provides information in understanding hotel management, especially hotel development and operations This course helps students to understand how hotel performances are evaluated. Internet research is utilized and students prepare to understand current issues in the hotel industry. Some field trips on certain dates may be require in this class. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 452. (008848)
Prerequisite: RHPM 260.
An in-depth exploration of special populations, including individuals with disabilities and diseases. Content focuses on etiology, prognosis, symptomatic conditions, and recreation therapy prescription. Medical terminology and pharmacology as it relates to recreation therapy are discussed. Appropriate for allied health professionals. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 460. (008854)
Prerequisite: RHPM 260.
Application of knowledge and skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating recreation programs for diverse populations. Course topics include volunteer management, marketing, public relations, funding, risk management, evaluation, and problem-solving. Requires out-of-class activity. Applicable to all human service fields. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 466. (008835)
Prerequisite: RHPM 260 or faculty permission.
Study and practical application of individual and group leisure counseling techniques (students will counsel their peers). Other topics include communication skills, leisure assessments, leisure resources, leisure education activities, and applications of leisure counseling for special populations. Applicable for all leisure service professionals and human service disciplines. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 468. (008856)
Prerequisite: RHPM 250.
Overview of meetings and conferences and their major components. Topics include site selection, meeting design, financial management, marketing, operations, meeting technology, contracting and risk management, and sustainability with conferences and meetings. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 470. (008810)
Prerequisites: Junior standing.
Exploration of the role and scope of professional associations and affinity organizations. Topics include mission and values, organizational structures, board governance, typical association divisions, member services, and employment opportunities. Students gain experience in special event planning and the development of member benefits. Partnerships with campus or area organizations provide opportunities to apply the class material. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 474. (015806)
Prerequisites: RHPM 270, junior standing, or faculty permission.
Students investigate and analyze the concept of "ecotourism." Ecotourism is first defined and then studied for its potential benefits and pitfalls. The contexts of natural resources, cultural complexities, socio-economic capacities, and institutional structures are discussed. Case studies from around the globe are analyzed. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 475. (015875)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is directed fieldwork for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. Formerly RECR 489. (008819)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 1 hour lecture. Formerly RECR 498. (008868)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. Formerly RECR 499. (008869)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission, acceptance in the Honors in the Major program.
The student, in conference/seminar with a faculty member, will define a research problem, develop a research proposal, conduct the research, and submit a written report on the project. This will entail developing competence in a research methodology appropriate to the field of recreation and the student's interests, review of the literature, collecting data, and acceptance of a prospectus for a senior paper. This review will carry forward to RECR 510H, where Honors students will refine their research and present their paper. This course fulfills 50 percent of the requirements for Honors in the Major. 3 hours seminar. Formerly RECR 499H. (008870)
Prerequisite: RHPM 323.
Experiential course offering students hands-on experience with aspects of planning and implementation of an event, including design, marketing, staffing, operations, risk management, and evaluation. 3 hours laboratory. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. Formerly RECR 523. (021262)
Prerequisites: RHPM 420 (may be taken concurrently).
Management of private and commercial recreation programs, areas, and facilities. Considers planning, organizing, financing, staffing, operation, evaluation, facility use, and operational effectiveness and efficiency. Explores a broad range of private and commercial operations. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 524. (008830)
Prerequisite: RHPM 452 or faculty permission.
This is a capstone course designed to focus on the responsibilities of executive committee members and the general manager of a hotel. This course draws on concepts from the hotel operations such as lodging planning and design, marketing, finance, security, and management trends. Various case studies in hospitality are evaluated and discussed. Some field trips are required in this course. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 558. (008853)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Synthesis of tourism as an industry, including its history and growth. Analysis of career potentials and requirements. Role of multi-national business and domestic and international tourism. Study of tourism in selected destinations. 3 hours seminar. Formerly RECR 579. (015895)
Prerequisites: Junior standing and faculty permission.
Preparation for internship field assignment in ensuing semester: resume and job inquiry letter writing, community and agency traditions, mores, environments and expectations, interview methods, problem-solving, human relations, attitudes, communication skills, positive learning and contributing. Leads to and requires securing of an internship to complete course requirements. 1 hour lecture. Formerly RECR 584. (008849)
Prerequisites: Senior standing, cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and faculty permission.
Preparation for merit internship field assignment in international area in ensuing semester: resume and job inquiry letter writing, community and agency environments, traditions, mores and expectations, interview methods, problem-solving, human relations, attitudes and communication skills, positive learning and contributing. Leads to and requires the securing of an internship to complete the course requirements. 1 hour lecture. Formerly RECR 585. (008863)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Corequisite: RHPM 589 or RHPM 589M.
Pre-assignment preparation for internship experience and post-assignment analysis of the 14 weeks of full-time experience in a recreation, parks, hospitality, therapeutic, or special group operation, business, or agency. 1 hour seminar. Formerly RECR 586. (008864)
Prerequisites: Cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and faculty permission.
Corequisite: RHPM 589M.
Pre-assignment preparation for merit internship experience and post-assignment analysis of the 14 weeks of full-time experience in a recreation, parks, hospitality, therapeutic, or special group operation, business, or agency. 1 hour seminar. Credit/no credit grading. Formerly RECR 587. (008865)
Prerequisites: Junior standing, RHPM 200, RHPM 201, RHPM 220, RHPM 584; one of the following RHPM 240, RHPM 250, or RHPM 270; RHPM 260 for Recreation Therapy students; cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher; faculty permission.
Supervised, full-time 14 weeks of practical work or leadership experience, including application of curricular knowledge and skills, study of agency applications and resources, and public and/or private service offerings. Internship field placement must be approved by faculty advisor. 36 hours supervision. Credit/no credit grading. Formerly RECR 589. (008866)
Prerequisites: Junior standing, RHPM 200, RHPM 201, RHPM 220, RHPM 584; and one of the following RHPM 240, RHPM 250, or RHPM 270; RHPM 260 for Recreation Therapy students; GPA of 3.0 or higher; faculty permission.
Supervised, full-time 14 weeks of practical work or leadership experience, including application of curricular knowledge and skills, study of agency applications and resources and public and/or private service offerings. Internship field placement must be approved by faculty advisor. 36 hours supervision. Credit/no credit grading. Formerly RECR 589M. (008867)
Foundations of theory and the professional organization of the field of recreation. Exploration of the social, psychological, cultural, economic, physical, and environmental determinants of leisure behavior. Critical analysis of the growing body of research and literature in the field. 3 hours lecture. Formerly RECR 611. (008873)
Prerequisite: RHPM 611.
A critical examination of selected theories, current research, methods, and professional practice in management of leisure services in public, commercial, and non-profit settings. Examination of current relevant literature. Student research and in-depth presentations required. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. Formerly RECR 642. (008879)
A critical examination of selected theories, current research, methods, and professional practice in leadership for recreation and organizational settings. Examination of current, relevant literature. Student research and in-depth presentations required. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. Formerly RECR 645. (008882)
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-4.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Supervised field experience in a selected agency congruent with the student's major emphasis. Periodic conferences, and evaluation sessions with student, agency personnel, and University faculty. Student reports are required. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Formerly RECR 689. (008885)
This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Research is supervised by a faculty member and is separate from the thesis or project. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly RECR 697. (008886)
This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Project requirements include development of a project directly related to the candidate's area of professional specialization; writing of the support document which defines the purpose of the project, describes the development process, and presents other related information. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. Formerly RECR 699P. (008895)
This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Thesis requirements include systematic study of a significant problem; writing of the thesis, which identifies the problem, summarizes related research, describes the methodology used, and presents findings and conclusions. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. Formerly RECR 699T. (008893)
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