Recreation, Parks and Tourism 432

RCPT 432: Research and Technology Applications in Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Prerequisites: RCPT 210 and RCPT 313

Credit Hours: (3) Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory

Prepares students for research and evaluation in recreation, parks and tourism. Computer skills and/or applicable technology will be used to conduct a research project during the semester. Instruction is related to applied research projects including statistical analysis and how computer applications can be used to enhance assessment, management, evaluation and program delivery.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both RCPT 336 and RCPT 436.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course is divided into three major content areas: research principles, computer applications, and applied research. Students will learn and practice computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, and RecWare) as a means of enhancing assessment, management, evaluation and program delivery. Research principles and statistical analysis will be taught in class and practiced through an applied research project. All students will pass human subject training as part of the course.

Course Topics:

·  Research ethics

·  Literature reviews

·  Quantitative and qualitative theories

·  Samples and research design

·  Variables and measurement

·  Data collection

·  Statistical analysis of quantitative and qualitative data

·  Writing reports and visually presenting data


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Instruction will occur through lectures, computer instruction, and applied research projects. Students will be expected to function in small groups to complete assignments. Ethical research principles will be reinforced throughout the course.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.  Apply basic principles of research and data analysis related to recreation, parks and tourism.
2.  Apply current computer technology to professional practice.
3.  Apply current ethical principles in the conduct of research.
4.  Utilize the tools of professional communication.


Assessment Measures

Grades will be determined by quizzes/exams, technology applications, research projects, group evaluations, and human subjects training.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Revised 2013

Reviewed February 2005        Edward Udd, Chair

Revised November 2008         Edward Udd, Chair