Undergraduate Program Goals

Key Learning Goals or Outcomes for RPTM Majors, by Option Area

Commercial/Community Recreation Management Option

Students who complete an undergraduate major in RPTM with a Commercial/Community Recreation Management Option will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Assess social, environmental, political and economic benefits and demerits of tourism development.
  • Develop a comprehensive recreation and tourism business plan taking into consideration an understanding of the strategic management process and how that process applies to the for-profit recreation industry.
  • Develop strategic management decisions for non-profit and for-profit recreation/tourism organizations grounded in the analysis of market, financial, legal and political environment.
  • Present their ideas in writing and in public speaking in a manner that conveys professional competence and technical expertise.

Therapeutic Recreation Option*

* Effective April 26, 2010, new students will not be admitted into the Therapeutic Recreation option as this option is being discontinued.

Students who complete an undergraduate major in RPTM with a Therapeutic Recreation Option will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Assess participants’ leisure-related knowledge and skills to determine appropriate interventions and/or participation in recreation activities.
  • Develop appropriate treatment plans including goals, objectives and evaluation in conjunction with other health disciplines to maximize client potential in a least restrictive environment.
  • Implement recreation treatment and interventions, using information gathered in the assessment process, which will address treatment goals and have meaning to the client.
  • Evaluate provision and administration of recreation services to people with disabilities in a variety of clinical and community settings.

Outdoor Recreation Option

Students who complete an undergraduate major in RPTM with an Outdoor Recreation Option will have demonstrated the ability to:

Environmental Interpretation Track

  • Show awareness of the history, professional resources and best practices in the field of environmental interpretation.
  • Access sources of information and materials for environmental education content and methods.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the philosophy, history, content resources, and current methodology trends in the field of environmental education.

Adventure Programming Track

  • Show familiarity with outdoor leadership principles and begin to develop skills in decision-making, judgment, program design, and group facilitation.
  • Plan, organize, implement and evaluate outdoor experiential education programs.

Park Management Track

  • Provide input into the planning and design of indoor and outdoor recreation and park facilities, and the ability of operate such facilities in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner.
  • Acquire and effectively manage fiscal and human resources in the operation of a public-sector recreation and park agency.

Golf Management Option

Students who complete an undergraduate major in RPTM with a Professional Golf Management Option will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Assess leadership and management principles including customer service, interpersonal skills, business communication, conflict resolution, time management, negotiating, project management, marketing, and community relations.
  • Evaluate basic concepts of financial and managerial accounting, along with accounting rules and techniques associated with business transactions and financial statements.
  • Show how to manage human resources including employment law, job descriptions and performance standards, evaluating and improving employee performance, recruiting and employee training programs, employee benefit programs, and contracts.
  • Develop basic food and beverage principles including ordering and inventory control, labor costs, calculating menu prices, health regulations and permits, and licensing and liability laws.
  • Implement principles and preferences of teaching including club design and fitting; ball flight laws, recruiting and retaining clients; utilizing technology for teaching and club fitting; analyzing, communicating, correcting, and coaching; developing junior golf programs; and applying the rules of golf.
  • Assess retail management including advertising and branding strategies, market and competition, sales forecast and inventory budgets, merchandise assortment plan, vendor selection, open-to-buy plan, performance measurements, inventory software applications, inventory control, and display techniques.