Recreation, Parks and Tourism 350

RCPT 350: Commercial Recreation

Prerequisites: RCPT 112, and RCPT 210 or permission of instructor or chair

Credit Hours: (3)

Introduction to the fundamentals and principles of commercial recreation as a field of service including delivery of goods, services, amenities, facilities, entrepreneurship, and trends in commercial recreation, parks and tourism.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

This course introduces the student to the variety of businesses which provide recreation and leisure services for profit. A classification of the types of businesses within commercial recreation helps students assimilate the variety of offerings in the profit area of leisure services. Topics discussed include the free enterprise system, travel/tourism, hospitality, entertainment, retail stores, entrepreneurship, types of business ownership, marketing commercial leisure services, and legal liability of commercial leisure service organizations. Students are asked to develop a written paper researching a problem or current issue facing commercial recreation, parks and tourism.


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

The course will provide an overview of topics thus establishing a base upon which the detailed information will be shared. The primary means of sharing the information for class is by lecturing, although video-tapes, field trips, and case studies are used to enhance discussion. The course is designed to establish an environment where students are encouraged to ask questions, pursue more detailed research into topics, and to discuss the readings to gain a more complete understanding of the course content.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course, the student will:

1. Identify the variety of commercial recreation businesses
2. Compile management techniques needed to be a successful employee in commercial recreation
3. Predict the trends and future directions that will influence commercial recreation, parks and tourism
4. Compare those knowledges and understandings of the role and function of commercial recreation, parks and tourism in relationship to public service departments
5. Describe the infinite resources available for the commercial recreation industry.


Assessment Measures

Assessment of the student's success in this course is based on the grades for their major tests, six biweekly quizzes, written research paper, and paper presentations to the class.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Reviewed February 2005 Edward Udd, Chair

March, 2010