Recreation and Leisure Services Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2019

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 03, 2019
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
RLS
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Tuition is unavailable at this time

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

RECR 146
Units/ Hours: 60

This course will teach the student about the community recreation, leisure, and wellness opportunities available to diverse target populations and how to support increased participation in such activities. Physical activity will be investigated where strategies to encourage clients to lead an active lifestyle will be developed and practiced. Additionally, the elementary components of a training session will be introduced and the skills to demonstrate and teach safe stretching techniques will be practiced.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

RECR 22
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will trace the evolution of leisure philosophy and thinking from ancient to modern time. It will explore community development and trace the historical evolution of leisure and recreation service delivery in a Canadian context. It will examine key sectors of the fitness leisure and recreation field including non-profit, private sector and governmental service delivery It will explore current, emerging trends, and career options in the field of fitness, leisure and Recreation.

HLTH 299
Units/ Hours: 45

This introductory course will expose the students to principles in health promotion including individual and community health and wellness.

HLTH 355
Units/ Hours: 30

This introductory course will expose the student to basic biology of the human body.

COMP 268
Units/ Hours: 45

With the convergence of computers, telecommunications, and other technologies, it is important that students have exposure to a variety of technologies in the context of both professional and personal applications. In its broadest sense, this course's emphasis on technology will focus on the use of appropriate technologies to enhance productivity, solve problems more effectively, and manage information better. Implicit in this is the need to continue learning and coping with new technologies and uses as they emerge, such as the "CLASS" Recreation and Leisure registration program.

SOCI 233
Units/ Hours: 45

Human development across the lifespan will be studied by exploring the interrelationship between biological, psychological and sociocultural influences from conception to end of life. Upon completion of the course, learners will have an understanding of individual development, in addition to the impact of lifespan development on families and communities. Learners will have the opportunity to follow an individual's development throughout the lifespan, using a variety of biopsychosocial factors.

Semester 2

RECR 147
Units/ Hours: 60

This introductory course will expose the student to coaching and leadership principles that foster personal/group change and improvement. Principles such as ethics, developmental stage, boundaries, planning, nutrition and team leadership will be explored.

Pre-Requisites
COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 304
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will introduce the student to group fitness instruction. Concepts such as: components of a fitness class, musicality, safety and client centered focus will be emphasized.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 302
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will expose the student to health promotion principles as they apply to community practice. Elements such as professional practice, interdisciplinary teamwork, accountability, client- centered care, sustainability and scope of practice will be explored.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 356
Units/ Hours: 30

This introductory course will expose the student to basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. Application to physical activity and exercise will be explored.

Pre-Requisites
RECR 24
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will be introduced to the process of creating, planning, implementing, and evaluating recreation, fitness and leisure programs and events (tournaments). Students will be able to assess need, develop goals and objectives, apply principles of lifespan development, provide leadership, develop a budget, and understand sound risk management practices.

BUSN 198
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will discuss the variety of employment options and capacities available to a recreation and fitness professional, (other than being an employee), with an emphasis on an approach to self-employment and managing a small firm in the Canadian business environment. It is designed to develop an understanding of planning the start-up of a business, its ongoing management and strategies for customer service and growth. Students develop an understanding of the legal forms of business ownership, the importance of financial analysis as a success indicator for the business, appropriate marketing tactics for promoting small business, and administrative supports unique to the chosen professional field.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 3

RECR 84
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is aimed at introducing the student to principles and practices relating to the planning, operation, and management of safe, effective, and efficient recreation facilities including facility design, legislative standards and requirements, maintenance, scheduling, energy conservation, licensing and risk management. It will also introduce the student to business concepts around entrepreneurship and small business planning. Students will explore issues such as market research, business planning, competition analysis, financing and accounting, bankruptcy and ownership options. Students will also explore federal, provincial, and municipal regulations and support for small business operations.

FLPL 82
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will enable students to assume responsibility for finalizing their fourth-semester field practice experience. Based on the mission statement and learning outcomes they have set in their personalized planning paper, students will explore a variety of field practice settings, select a preferred setting, negotiate an appropriate set of field practice responsibilities, obtain the approval of their field practice setting from faculty, secure written confirmation of acceptance and WCB coverage by the agency or organization of their choice. In addition, students will identify and, through workshops, explore a variety of issues specific to their setting and to professional deportment during their field practice experience.

RECR 101
Units/ Hours: 45

The principle purpose of this course is to provide the student with exposure to a wide range of special populations including those with physical and developmental challenges, with psychological, social, emotional and behavioural issues and with cognitive problems. While attention will be paid to the underlying medical condition or factors, the primary focus of the course will be on how the recreationist can enable maximum qualitative participation in programs and events for all of these groups. Critical attention will be paid to children and youth, adults, seniors, immigrant and multicultural populations and institutionalized or incarcerated individuals. Emphasis will be placed on such issues as assessment and charting, interdisciplinary therapeutic planning, activity limitations and adaptation, facility accessibility and equipment modifications, integration, advocacy and public education and awareness.

RECR 23
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will introduce the student to administrative and management structures in recreation settings, and include a detailed study of budgeting, accounting and purchasing, organizational structures, management systems, fundraising and grantsmanship.

RECR 28
Units/ Hours: 45

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the concept of marketing recreation programs and activities and teaching/ learning will be cross referenced to the Computer Applications course. Students will be exposed to the elements and process of developing a successful recreational marketing plan. They will also become familiar with flyer and brochure development, dealing with the media, public and community relations and customer service.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 4

FLPL 216
Units/ Hours: 30

Students engaged in Field Practice must be enrolled in Integrated Seminar. This course is an opportunity for students to receive an additional 2 hours per week of supervision that is supplementary to Field Practice and Evaluation expectations. The student will debrief and analyze their competencies with Faculty/Peers as they relate to their placement learning experiences.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 55
Units/ Hours: 490

The fourth-semester block field practice experience enables recreation leadership students to integrate and complement their classroom knowledge with a practical learning experience in a recreation setting of their choice. It is viewed as an integral, core component of the program's curriculum. Successful completion of the course is determined by the implementation of an appropriate field practice experience. This experience is based on the learning goals and enabling objectives as documented in the students' field practice planning paper and evaluated by their agency and faculty supervisors.

Pre-Requisites