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2012 - 2013

BS in Recreation Management:
Experience Management Emphasis
(64 hours*)


The Discipline

The Experience Management emphasis is comprised of a 21-credit Experience Management core and two specialization tracks—Venue and Event Management, and Youth and Community Development. Majors will select one of these tracks and complete a minimum of 9 credit hours in the chosen track. Students will also complete 31 credits of management classes.

Venue and Event Management applies leadership and management expertise as well as experience staging skills to recreation activities and events. Venues are the locale in which recreation experiences and events occur.

The focus of the Youth and Community Development track is studying the environmental, societal, and psychological influences recreation experiences can have on communities and their citizens across the lifespan. Effective recreation experiences are intentionally designed to foster positive community environments and citizen interactions as well as contribute to positive youth development.

Career Opportunities

The Experience Management emphasis prepares students to provide recreation experiences to diverse populations and manage a variety of recreation venues: public, private, or nonprofit. Varied career opportunities exist and include planning corporate and community events and festivals; managing community recreation venues (e.g., pools, sports fields, ice sheets); directing youth sports; managing departments within sporting arenas, conference centers, expo centers, performing arts facilities; directing youth-serving agencies; and directing and managing military recreation programs and venues.

General Information

Students are advised to take Stat 121 to fulfill their Languages of Learning general education requirement.


Program Requirements    |    View MAP

  1. Complete the following prerequisite management courses:
  2. Complete the following Recreation Management Core courses:
      RECM 404 : Principles of Recreation Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      RECM 404 : Principles of Recreation Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: I SYS 100 & I SYS 102 & ECON 110 & ACC 200 & BUS M 201 & BUS M 241 & RECM 300
      DESCRIPTION: Overview of theories, philosophies, and rationale for recreation, experience, and venue management.
      NOTE: If you are taking this course to satisfy the Nonprofit Management minor requirement, you do not need to have the prerequisites completed.

      Course Outcomes


      RECM 420 : Events and Experience Management. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      RECM 420 : Events and Experience Management. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: I SYS 100 & I SYS 102 & ECON 110 & ACC 200 & BUS M 201 & BUS M 241 & RECM 300
      DESCRIPTION: Equipping students with a variety of program planning methods and skills, emphasizing designing and implementing recreation programs and experiences; the fundamental concepts of event planning.

      Course Outcomes


      RECM 430 : Venue Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      RECM 430 : Venue Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: I SYS 100 & I SYS 102 & ECON 110 & ACC 200 & BUS M 201 & BUS M 241 & RECM 300
      DESCRIPTION: Understanding aspects of venue management (crowd management, capital improvement, booking, rental rates, housekeeping, event coordination, promotion, contracts, signage, second experience, press relations, box office, etc.); applying to public and private recreation venues.

      Course Outcomes


      RECM 486 : Risk Management in Recreation. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      RECM 486 : Risk Management in Recreation. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: RECM 404 & RECM 420 & RECM 430 & I SYS 201 & M COM 320
      DESCRIPTION: Overview of the legal process, legal issues, and risk management considerations regarding the jurisprudence to U.S. civil law as they relate to recreational experiences and venues.

      Course Outcomes


      RECM 487 : Evaluation for Recreation Managers. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      RECM 487 : Evaluation for Recreation Managers. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: RECM 404 & RECM 420 & RECM 430 & I SYS 201 & M COM 320
      DESCRIPTION: Acquiring and applying evaluation knowledge and skills to manage quality and effectiveness of recreation services and experiences.

      Course Outcomes


      RECM 490 : Senior Capstone. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: RECM 486 & RECM 487 & ORG B 321 & BUS M 361 & BUS M 390 & MANEC 387
      DESCRIPTION: Synthesizing business and recreation coursework applying to case analysis solving problems for recreation, venue, and experience organizations; developing business plans and establishing nonprofit organization plans; encouraging innovation.

      Course Outcomes


      RECM 496R : Senior Internship. (.5-12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: RECM 486 & RECM 487 & ORG B 321 & BUS M 361 & BUS M 390 & MANEC 387
      DESCRIPTION: Full-time work experience in a recreation or therapeutic recreation agency under the supervision of a recreation or venue management professional or a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. Applying academic skills and knowledge to solve problems and stimulate innovation.

      Course Outcomes


        Note: 3 hours of RecM 496R are required.

  3. Complete the following Management Core courses:
      BUS M 361 : Introduction to Supply Chain and Operations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      BUS M 361 : Introduction to Supply Chain and Operations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Acceptance into the Marriott School.
      DESCRIPTION: Managing and designing processes and people along the value chain.

      Course Outcomes


      BUS M 390 : Ethics for Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      BUS M 390 : Ethics for Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Premanagement and Management 1 cores and full acceptance into the Marriott School upper-division major.
      DESCRIPTION: Analyzing ethical dilemmas and understanding ethical theories as they apply to decision making in management.

      Course Outcomes


      I SYS 201 : Introduction to Management Information Systems. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      I SYS 201 : Introduction to Management Information Systems. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: I Sys 100 or concurrent enrollment during 1st block of I Sys 201 registration.
      RECOMMENDED: I Sys 101.
      DESCRIPTION: Using technology to solve business problems. Hands-on spreadsheet, database, and Internet software in a business context.

      Course Outcomes


      MANEC 387 : Economics of Strategy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      MANEC 387 : Economics of Strategy. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Major or strategy minor status.
      DESCRIPTION: Economic tools influencing the success of strategy (creation and appropriation of value) emphasizing application of economic theory to management of practice.

      Course Outcomes


      M COM 320 : Communication in Organizational Settings. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      M COM 320 : Communication in Organizational Settings. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: GE First-Year Writing requirement. To be taken before senior year. Not for freshmen.
      DESCRIPTION: Developing written and oral communications for professional organizations, including composing and designing employment communications. Incorporates oral presentations.
      NOTE: Fulfills GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication requirement.

      Course Outcomes
                
      : Honors Communication in Organizational Settings.
      Course Outcomes



      ORG B 321 : Organizational Effectiveness. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ORG B 321 : Organizational Effectiveness. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: For Marriott School of Management majors only.
      DESCRIPTION: Theories and concepts for creating effective organizations, e.g., individual, group, and organizational processes and human resource functions, including selection, compensation, and performance management.

      Course Outcomes


  4. Complete one of the following tracks:

    Venue and Event Management
    1. Complete 9 hours from the following:

    Youth and Community Development
    1. Complete 9 hours from the following:
        RECM 223R : Outdoor Skills Leadership. (2:2:4)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        RECM 223R : Outdoor Skills Leadership. (2:2:4)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        DESCRIPTION: In-depth approach to leadership skills in selected outdoor specialty areas, including camping, hiking and survival, basic backpacking, winter camping, mountain biking, fly-fishing, sailing, river recreation, rock climbing, family outdoor recreation, and outdoor therapeutic recreation skills.

        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Camping Skills.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Basic Backpacking.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Fly Fishing.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Wilderness Trek.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Winter Camping.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Hiking and Survival.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Mountain Biking.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Family Outdoor Recreation.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Sailing.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : River Recreation.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation Skills.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Rock Climbing.
        Course Outcomes
                  
        : Ski Instructor.
        Course Outcomes



        RECM 301 : Family Recreation. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        RECM 301 : Family Recreation. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        DESCRIPTION: Exploring the role of family recreation in building successful families.

        Course Outcomes


        RECM 306 : Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        RECM 306 : Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter; Spring
        DESCRIPTION: Leading in nonprofit organizations using effective administrative practices; financial issues; history and development of nonprofits; organizational structure; membership requirements, fund raising, and marketing.

        Course Outcomes


        RECM 344 : Youth Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        RECM 344 : Youth Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        DESCRIPTION: Basic youth development and leadership theories applied to understanding adolescents' behavior, programming healthy developmental activities, and providing meaningful learning experiences through recreation.

        Course Outcomes


        RECM 421 : Experiential and Outdoor Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        RECM 421 : Experiential and Outdoor Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
        PREREQUISITE: RECM 404 & RECM 420 & RECM 430
        DESCRIPTION: Utilizing experiential and outdoor education practices to facilitate outcome-based programs for diverse populations.

        Course Outcomes


        RECM 489 : Careers in Recreation. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        RECM 489 : Careers in Recreation. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
        PREREQUISITE: RECM 404 & RECM 420 & RECM 430
        DESCRIPTION: Exploring careers available in recreation, experience, and venue management, therapeutic recreation, and nonprofit organizations.
        NOTE: Fee.

        Course Outcomes


        RECM 497R : Special Topics and Research. (.5-4:ARR:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        RECM 497R : Special Topics and Research. (.5-4:ARR:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: Instructor's consent.
        DESCRIPTION: Special topics, mentored research, and learning experiences, including attending professional conferences, Study Abroad participation, and other learning experiences.

        Course Outcomes


      • Note: Only one registration of RecM 223R can be counted toward graduation requirements.


*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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