RECR 5850 Proseminar in Leisure Services Management

Proseminar in Leisure Service Management

University of North Texas
Recreation 5850, Fall Semester 1998
Tuesdays - 6:30 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
Room 219 - PEB
Instructor: John R. Collins, jr.

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
or by Appointment: 565-3422, PEB - Room 210-Q


Americans with Disabilities Compliance

The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal laws and regulations. The designated liaison of the Department is Dr. Chwee Lye Chng, Physical Education building, Room 209, 565-2651. Copies of the Department of KHPR ADA Compliance Document are available in the Chair’s Office, Physical Education Building, Room 209. Copies of the College of Education ADA Compliance Document are available in the Dean’s Office, Matthews Hall, Room 214. The student has the responsibility of informing the course instructor of any disabling conditions that will require modifications and avoid discrimination.  

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Students have the right to expect their grades will be kept confidential. During this class it may be necessary for you to pass your assignments forward to the instructor or it may be necessary for the instructor to call your name and then return graded material to you by passing it across the room. The instructor, under the reasonable assumption guidelines, assumes students are collecting only their own materials. Every attempt will be made to keep your information confidential. Your signature indicates that you understand and agree to pass materials to and from the instructor via other students. Should you choose not to sign, you will have to personally meet with the instructor to submit and receive assigned material. Neither your course grades nor grades for any assignment will be posted in a way that could result in your being identified by other students or faculty members.  Academic Dishonesty Cheating will not be tolerated in the class. You are not to receive information from another student or give information to another student during a test or quiz. You are to use only your memory during examinations. Students caught cheating during an examination will be charged under the University's Code of Student Conduct. Among other punishments, students found guilty run the risk of having their score changed to a zero, receiving a grade of "F" for the course, and/or dismissal from the University.



      The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the trends, issues, and concerns facing the recreation and leisure services profession.  Students will select a leisure service organization for a case study analysis and examine the issues impacting that specific organization.  Current trends, issues, and concerns center around societal changes, financing, partnerships, youth-at-risk, and consumer services.



Required Reading

    Havitz, M.E. 1995. Models of Change in Municipal Parks and Recreation: A Book of Innovative Case Studies. State College, PA.  Venture Publishing, Inc.


Performance Evaluation

  • Assignment 1 requires the student to select critique each case study in terms of approach, solution, and outcome.
  • Assignment 2 requires the student to prepare a critical analysis for each site visit made.
  • Assignment 3 requires the students to identify a problem/issue facing the organization used in the site visit and prepare a research report on the issue.

Point Totals (Percent)

20% Assignment 1 - case study critiques
30% Assignment 2 - site visit critiques
40% Assignment 3 - issues research paper
10% Assignment 4 - presentation

Grading Assignments

A = 100-90 Excellent - Indicates exceptional achievement. Discussed relationships thoroughly, relates evidence supporting or refuting viewpoints of text.

B = 89-80 Good - Indicates extensive achievement. Discussed relationships and viewpoints requested. Use of course material is obvious.

C = 79-70 Satisfactory - Indicates acceptable achievement. Answered all questions, etc. Use of course material is apparent.

D = 69-60 Fair - Indicates minimal achievement. Responded inconsistently. Use of course material not obvious.

F = 59-00 Unsatisfactory - Indicates inadequate achievement. Did not, in general, meet the assignment criteria or did not complete the assignment.

 NOTE: The grading scale represents a preliminary cutoff between grades, with the final determination dependent upon the overall class performance.Class Policies The course will be governed by all policies described in the Faculty Handbook, the Student Guidebook, and the Undergraduate Catalog of the University of North Texas.

Make-up exams will not be given. Students with scheduling difficulties must make arrangements with the instructor prior to the exam. Valid proof of any accepted absence must be provided within 7 days after returning to class to be credited accordingly. Assignments turned in after the due date without prior approval will be subjected to a full grade reduction for each 24 hours beyond the due date. Assignments must be typed and follow a consistent style (a word processor software program is recommended). Professional "quality" for each of the assignments is the standard. A deduction in grading will occur for sloppiness, grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors. All examinations are to be returned to the instructor before leaving the classroom.

Course Calendar

The assigned readings will prepare you for the material to be presented in the lectures.  It is expected that you will have read these before class.  Please bring the syllabus to class each session to record any changes in topic or assignment.

Tues, 9-1 Overview, Requirements, Structure, Policies, and Assignments  
Tues, 9-8 Richardson Park and Recreation Commission meeting at 7:00 p.m. Chapter 1
Tues, 9-15 Neighborhood Revitalization Chapter 13
Tues, 9-22 NRPA Conference - NO CLASS   
Tues, 9-29 Self-Reliant Neighborhood 
Indiana Sports Corporation and Its Partnerships
Chapter 14 
Chapter 9
Tues, 10-6 Night Moves 
Contracting of Maintenance Services
Chapter 15 
Chapter 4
Tues, 10-13 StoneWorks Climbing Gym - Carrollton  
Tues, 10-20 Bachman Recreation Center - Dallas  
Tues, 10-27 SuperDrome - Frisco  
Tues, 11-3 Texas Motor Speedway - Alliance  
Tues, 11-10 Downtown Recreation Opportunities for Youth 
Private Management of Public Golf Courses
Chapter 16
Chapter 5
Tues, 11-17 The Ballpark at Arlington -Arlington  
Tues, 11-24 Lincoln Center Ice Arena
Reinventing Recreation Programming
Chapter 1
Chapter 11
Tues, 12-1 Delegation of Authority
A Comprehensive, Nonprofit Recreation Facility
Chapter 12
Chapter 2
Tues, 12-8 Open Schedule for reading assignment  
Tues, 12-15 PRESENTATIONS 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  

      NOTE: The schedule on this page is tentative and could be subject to change.