Recreation, Parks and Tourism 112

RCPT 112: Activity Leadership and Analysis

Prerequisites: Major in RCPT

Credit Hours: (3)

Survey of recreation activities through the fun of participation and practice of acceptable leadership techniques in play situations. Effects of outside dynamic forces on various recreation activities.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

This course covers topics that are important in the major areas of individual leadership of activities and small group dynamics. Some of the specific topics discussed include the physical, social, cognitive, emotional, and administrative aspects of activity leadership. Other topics are the theories of play, communication skills, planning lengthy activity presentations, small group interaction, and small group dynamics.


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

The course will address the theoretical and technical aspects of individual and small group activity leadership.  Students will be tested upon conclusion of this material. The class will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge by presenting activities both individually and with a small group. These activities will be presented to their peers for individuals who are not enrolled in the class.

The students will be conducting an activity presentation of approximately two to three hours for an outside clientele. This presentation will be a collective effort of the class. This experience will enhance the knowledge and skills gained through the class.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Summarize the social, psychological, physical, emotional, and intellectual aspects of recreational activities and the inter-relationship of these factors.
2. Demonstrate skills and knowledge necessary to lead and/or facilitate activities for groups.
3. Develop group cohesion through recreation participation.
4. Demonstrate a repertoire of recreation activities for different age groups with different interests.
5. Adapt activities so all individuals can fully participate in those activities, regardless of physical or mental capabilities.


Assessment Measures

Assessment of the student's success in this course is based on the grades for five unannounced take home quizzes, two tests, individual presentations, written analyses of presentations, group presentation, and attendance/participation in class discussions and activities.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Revised 2013

February 2005 Reviewed by Edward Udd, Chair

May, 2011