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Recreation and Community Development

Diploma
Recreation and Community Development

Program Overview

Leadership, volunteerism, social awareness—these are characteristics shared by people working in recreation and community development. It’s a growth industry, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic's new Recreation and Community Development program will help turn your passion into a dynamic career.

Be a recreation director, manager of sport, recreation and culture, community development officer, facility manager or special events manager. Your skills are in demand in rural and urban communities.


Recreation and Community Development (formerly Recreation and Tourism Management) is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus. The comprehensive curriculum is relevant to real world trends, thanks to strong support from the industry. You’ll learn:

  • event planning
  • communication and computer skills
  • community and economic development
  • environmental sustainability
  • management skills
  • leadership skills
  • legal aspects
  • camp practices

With average class sizes of 20-25 students, you’ll enjoy a personalized learning experience and one-on-one time with instructors. You’ll gain both industry-specific knowledge and core management skills.

Get Real

The program provides a variety of opportunities for you to apply what you’ve learned in practical labs and projects, in work experiences and in volunteer opportunities. You’ll develop the professional skills you need to help build active, healthy, sustainable communities.

How Many Programs Have ‘Camp’ on the Curriculum?

We have our own outdoor camp on the north side of Candle Lake. You and your classmates will spend one week at Fall Camp and another week at Winter Camp planning outdoor programs and leading outdoor education and recreational activities. It’s a great environment for building your cultural, environmental and community development skills.

Start Building Your Network

Start building your network with student membership in industry associations, including Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA), Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA) and Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Practitioners (SARP).

Turn Your Diploma into a Degree

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is your ladder into the Sport and Recreation Studies program at the University of Regina, the Business Administration program at Husson University/University of Fredericton in New Brunswick, the Global Tourism Management program at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. and the Tourism Management program at Vancouver Island University.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, look for management and administrative opportunities in the public sector: municipal leisure departments, regional community development organizations, health districts, fitness facilities and national parks.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
"Manager Sport, Recreation and Culture"Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Service Directors (513)$21,300 - $69,400
Special Events ManagerConference and Event Planners (1226)$30,500 - $94,500
Community Development ConsultantBusiness Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants (4163)$37,400 - $111,400

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September 2015 and every second year

Length: 65 weeks

Year 1 - 31 weeks; Year 2 - 34 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum of 60% in each of the following subjects: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, and Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or Foundations of Math 30 or a passing grade in Pre-Calculus 30*
  • English Language Requirement

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum 60% in a 30 level mathematics

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 75 Arithmetic
  • 65 Reading
  • 65 Sentence
  • 4 WritePlacer

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 2 (2016/17) - $6,900

International Students

Saskatoon

Year 1 (33 weeks) - TBD

Year 2 (34 weeks) - TBD

Courses

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 170
Financial Accounting
3
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You will learn how to apply accounting principles for non-profit organizations and service industries. The bookkeeping cycle (journal, ledger, trial balance and financial statements) for a service firm will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ACCT 122, ACCT 191, BKPG 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COAP 177
Computer Applications in Recreation
3
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You will study computer fundamentals designed to increase computer literacy and expose you to a range of technologies used in organizations. Emphasis will be placed on using spreadsheets and using publishing software to create charts and newsletters.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 295
Business and Technical Writing
3
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You will receive instruction and practice in written communication skills needed as a professional. You will review grammar and the mechanics of writing, study and practice research skills and technique, and produce examples of business and technical writing.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 120, COMM 262
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
LEAD 180
Leadership and Group Dynamics
3
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You will be introduced to the concepts of leadership and group dynamics. You will be introduced to the theory of leadership, ethics and professionalism. The course will focus on group processes and their practical application including the collaborative process, conducting meetings, and leading discussion groups and decision making.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group
MKTG 170
Introduction to Marketing
3
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You will focus on the role, concepts and principles of marketing in a competitive environment. You will learn the importance of developing a marketing plan that includes a satisfactory marketing mix (product, price, place and promotion). You will understand the role of a marketer with respect to assessing customer needs.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MKTG 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab
PSYC 184
Introductory Psychology
3
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You will be provided with an introduction to the field of psychology. The course is structured to provide you with an increased awareness of human behavior. Included in the course is a general introduction to psychology including theories of learning, cognition, and motivation.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): PSYC 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
RSCH 200
Research Literacy
2
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You will be introduced to basic research and its relationship to operational decision making. You will review data collection, types of research, pose simple research questions and design surveys.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 35.0
Equivalent Course(s): THRC 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RT 170
Introduction to Recreation and Community Development
2
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You will examine various fields of recreation and review significant organizations to help you understand the diversity of employment opportunities that exist in industry. You will focus on understanding philosophies and benefits associated with recreation. You will study an overview of knowledge, skills and abilities that the recreation and community development based industries require.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 35.0
Equivalent Course(s): REC 286
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
RT 185
Program Planning 1
3
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You will focus on strategies used to plan and deliver leisure services in communities. You will receive a comprehensive overview of community planning and strategic development.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 200
Managerial Accounting
3
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You will focus on the accounting cycle for municipal organizations and/or a not-for-profit. This includes some financial analysis, budgeting for operating revenues and expenses. Reading income statements and analyzing balance sheets will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 170
Equivalent Course(s): BKPG 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
COM 113
Interpersonal Communications
3
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You will acquire knowledge and practice in interpersonal communications, focusing on effective verbal and non-verbal communication, listening and responding skills, giving and receiving constructive feedback and problem solving. You will apply these techniques to the delivery of effective oral presentations. You will examine the demonstration of a professional image through your interpersonal, presentation and social media communications.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENVR 151
Environmental Sustainability
3
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You will study ways to link ecological concerns to individual and community decision making. A key focus will be to work in a small group on issues related to sustainability. Options that recreation and community organizations could use to reduce environmental impact will be explored and strategies will be developed.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENVR 145
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MGMT 203
Committees, Boards and Volunteer Management
2
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You will explore issues and challenges related to working with boards and committees. You will prepare yourself to implement effective strategies to manage volunteers.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
RT 186
Inclusive Leisure
3
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You will focus on defining the concept of inclusive leisure as the norm for the delivery of leisure services embracing the diversity of all people, including persons with physical, cognitive and sensory limitations or disabilities. The exploration of attitudes, benefits, barriers and adaptations will emphasize the importance of inclusive leisure services to societal wellness.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): THRC 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
RT 187
Program Planning 2
3
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Building on the theory studied in Program Planning 1, you will be given the opportunity to apply a social planning model in an actual situation. You will take the Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC) Service Best program as a means of the skill development in effective customer relations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): RT 185
Equivalent Course(s): TOUR 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
RT 191
Introduction to Microeconomics
3
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You will become familiar with how consumption and production decisions are made in a market economy. You will study the applications of supply and demand analysis, the theory of consumer behaviour and the impact of government regulations and intervention on market performance. You will study the basic theory of the firm under perfect competition, monopoly and monopolistic competition and the principles of oligopoly.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ECON 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
RT 202
Diversity and Cultural Foundations
3
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You will receive an introduction to the impact of cultural diversity in Saskatchewan and Canada. You will review the immigration process and the implications for recreation and community development. You will explore cultural values and the importance of understanding various cultures while working in recreation and leadership fields. Understanding Saskatchewan’s First Nations and Metis history and culture will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SOCI 170
Sociology
3
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You will be introduced to the field of sociology. The focus will be on patterns of social behavior and the relation of the individual to society. The social forces influencing behavior will also be examined. Topics include socialization, culture, family, deviance, economics, social change, population, and sociological perspectives.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): SOCI 282
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

Year 2 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 182
Introduction to Management
3
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You will receive an introduction to management concepts, processes and techniques. You will focus on the components of management including planning, organizing, leading and controlling.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 120, ADMN 126
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
ADMN 201
Fund Development and Partnerships
2
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You will study grant development and the importance of developing an effective proposal. You will examine fundraising from non-profit, and private sector perspectives. You will learn the importance of partnership between organizations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CAMP 280
Programming Lab
6
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This course provides an introduction to the skills needed to plan and lead outdoor education/recreational activities. Planning outdoor programs with minimal environmental impact is emphasized through sustainability activities.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 95.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lab/Practical
LEAD 200
Applied Leadership
3
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Your studies will further develop your group processing skills and will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the importance of having a working leadership philosophy. You will focus on the problem solving process, controversy and conflict and managing change.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MGMT 204
Introduction to Recreation Facilities
3
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You will examine facility policies and procedures, maintenance practices, daily operations and facility design. You will study the operation and management of facilities.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PE 181
Personal Health and Wellness in Communities
3
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You will be provided with information on fitness/wellness as a lifestyle within the recreation field. Your studies will focus on the dynamics of fitness/wellness and its relationship to different target groups. You will also develop an overall understanding of how a fitness program is designed.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PR 281
Community Public Relations
3
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You will receive instruction in basic public relations theory and practice including public relations writing and media relations. You will learn about the nature of publicity and use basic public relations tools such as news releases, interviews, press conferences, e-newsletters and social media.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
RT 289
Community Development
3
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You will be introduced to the concept and models of community development. You will discuss the concept of social capital and explore asset mapping to help mobilize individuals and organizations to make connections and build capacity.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
RT 292
Outdoor Programming
3
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You will examine the philosophy, development and management of outdoor programs in relation to various ages, cultures and environments. Your studies will focus on planning, developing, delivering and evaluating outdoor programs, the environmental impact the programs cause and methods that can be used to minimize recreation user impact and risk.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BLAW 282
Law and Risk Management for Managers
2
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You will be introduced to the Canadian legal system. You will discuss the legal framework for recreation and will review negligence, liability, contract law, and risk management. Case studies are used to help the student understand how to avoid negligence and liability and provide safe environments.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 35.0
Equivalent Course(s): LAW 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CAMP 281
Outdoor Programming Lab
7
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The course provides an opportunity for you to develop your leadership and group management skills as you apply the program planning and community development process in a winter environment. You will work within an organizational structure that will ensure camp standards are established and maintained. You implement a process to ensure a fair and equitable allocation of resources.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 110.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lab/Practical
PE 282
Sports Management
3
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Your studies will focus on the sport delivery system. You will discuss the impact and benefits of sport; and address topical issues of moral reasoning, ethics, racism, abuse, equity, screening, and others in sport.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
PRAC 293
Practicum
8
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You will have the opportunity to apply the theory taught in the program. You will develop the skills needed to work as a front-line employee in the professions of recreation and community leadership.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Equivalent Course(s): WORK 145
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Clinical/Practicum-Individual
RT 171
Economic Development
3
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You will study the concepts economic development as it applies to community growth. You will discuss how communities work with government, and private sectors to build strong communities, industries, and markets.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
RT 200
Event Management
3
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You will become familiar with the process involved in planning and managing festivals and special events. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of establishing and maintaining contracts.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
RT 201
Feasibility Studies
2
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You will be introduced to the feasibility stage of planning for the development of community facilities. The course content includes defining feasibility studies, the rationale for feasibility studies, the sequence of steps that a study follows, and how terms of reference for contracts are established. You will study how to analyze information and develop recommendations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
TOUR 287
Community Tourism Management
3
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This course will introduce you to the Community Tourism Planning model and the needs of the community.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


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Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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