Recreation and Tourism Management

Diploma
Recreation and Tourism Management

Program Overview

People today or hungry for authentic experiences. They want to live large and connect with a community, both at home and on their travels. Sask Polytech's revamped and reimagined Recreation and Tourism Management (RTM) diploma program gives you the knowledge and skills you need to create, deliver and manage these experiences.

What sets the RTM program apart is that we develop managers and leaders--energetic, passionate people who want to make a difference in the industry. Our grads are community leaders, industry innovators, social entrepreneurs and change-makers.

The RTM program prepares you to join their ranks with applied learning in:

  • basic business and computer skills
  • cultural and community-based learning
  • environmental sustainability
  • leadership and management skills
  • 195 hours applied, practical learning
  • fund development and partnerships
  • group tours, guiding and local capital
  • municipal tourism management
  • outdoor programming
  • program and event planning
  • sport management

Keep It Real

The revamped RTM curriculum puts even more emphasis on applied learning opportunities, including an innovative service industry lab, Indigenous knowledge sharing, seasonal camps and onsite learning at Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

Small Classes, Lifelong Friends

With average class sizes of 20-25 students, you'll enjoy a personalized learning experience and one-on-one time with instructors. The close relationships you build here will provide a solid foundation for growing your professional network.

2 + 2 Diploma to Degree

Use your RTM diploma to ladder into degree programs at Athabasca University, Langara College, Royal Roads University, University of Regina or Vancouver Island University.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Our well-rounded curriculum lets you take your career in many directions--recreation, tourism, sports, leisure development, facility management, special events and more. Look for management and administrative opportunities with municipal leisure departments, regional tourism associations, community development organizations, sport organizations, health districts, fitness facilities, provincial/national parks and more. The choice of career opportunities is tailor-made for go-getters who love the active lifestyle and want to play a bigger role in local economic and social development.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
"Manager Sport, Recreation and Culture"Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Service Directors (0513)$35,400 - $115,100
Tourism CoordinatorProfessional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations (1123)$31,200 - $95,000
Community Development ConsultantBusiness Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants (4163)$40,400 - $130,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September


Length:

69 weeks


Year 1 - 31 weeks; Year 2 - 34 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 Note:

  • Students will need to have experience with basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office prior to entering the program.
  • The program delivers several courses in off site and camp settings. These courses require overnight stays.

Alternative Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative 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 Alternative Admission.



ACCUPLACER©

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 243 Reading
  • 241 Writing
  • 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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2021/22 Academic Year

Year 1 - $6,630

International Students

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMP 174
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 1
1
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You will study the basic features of Excel. You will learn to create workbooks, format spreadsheet elements, manipulate multiple worksheets, create simple charts and use simple formulas and functions.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 117, COAP 138, COAP 197, COAP 344, COMP 120, COMP 174CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
COMP 175
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2
1
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You will study the intermediate features of Excel. Using the skills and knowledge you acquired in COMP 174 (Introduction to Excel 1), you will learn to use more advanced spreadsheet functions, create and modify several chart types, and perform data manipulation.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 172 or COMP 174
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 344, COMP 175CE, COMP 284
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
LEAD 180
Leadership and Group Dynamics
3
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You will be introduced to the concepts of leadership and group dynamics and learn the theory of leadership, ethics and professionalism. Your studies will include information on group processes and their practical application. You will also learn about decision making and the collaborative process, conducting meetings, and leading discussion groups.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): LEAD 180CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MKTG 170
Marketing in Recreation and Tourism
4
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You will learn 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. You will also study the elements of digital reputation management.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): MKTG 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PE 181
Personal Health and Wellness in Communities
3
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You will learn about fitness and 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 in the community. 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): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
RSCH 200
Research Literacy
3
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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: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): THRC 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
RT 170
Introduction to Recreation and Tourism Management
3
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You will study the various agencies and organizations that make up the recreation and tourism industry and their impact on community development. You will also have an opportunity to interact with various agencies and learn about opportunities for employment in this sector.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): REC 286
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
RT 185
Program Planning 1
3
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Your studies will focus on strategies used to plan and deliver leisure services in communities. You will learn about the relationship between community planning and strategic development.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
RT 202
Diversity and Cultural Foundations
4
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You will examine 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. Your studies will also include Saskatchewan’s First Nations and Metis history and culture and an opportunity to participate in a culture camp.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
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): Lecture/Lab, Online
ENVR 151
Environmental Sustainability
3
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You will study ways to link ecological concerns to individual and community decision making. Your studies will include issues related to sustainability and options that recreation and community organizations could use to reduce environmental impact.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENVR 145, ENVR 151CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MGMT 106
Organizational Management
4
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You will learn about management concepts, processes and techniques. You will focus on the components of management including planning, organizing, leading and controlling. You will identify social and environmental issues affecting managers in today’s environment. You will work through the process of recruitment, screening, training and recognition of volunteer management programs. You will discuss the various board structures and their operating processes.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MGMT 204
Community Facility Management
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 and have the opportunity to engage in a facility symposium.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
RT 172
Service Industry Operations Lab
3
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You will evaluate relevant Recreation and Tourism service organizations in a specific region. Your studies will focus the role positive service plays in the success of an organization or service.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
RT 186
Inclusive Leisure
3
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You will explore the concepts of universal design as they apply to the delivery of recreation and leisure services. Your studies will also include content on the role of advocacy in supporting leisure participation.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): THRC 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
RT 187
Program Planning 2
3
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Building on the theory studied in Program Planning 1, you will apply a social planning model to an actual situation. Your studies will also include Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC) Service Best program certification.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): RT 185
Equivalent Course(s): TOUR 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 202
Organizational Accounting
4
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You will be introduced to fundamental accounting concepts used in the public sector, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. You will learn the value of information presented in an organization's financial statements and examine cost concepts, allocations, and budgeting processes to direct the decision-making of these types of organizations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 201
Fund Development and Partnerships
3
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You will study the various forms of fund development practices in the recreation, community development and tourism industry. You will learn how to seek corporate sponsorship, write funding applications and understand the importance of establishing and nurturing partnerships.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
CAMP 280
Programming Lab 1
6
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You will learn the skills needed to plan and lead outdoor education/recreational activities. Your studies will include planning outdoor programs with minimal environmental impact is emphasized through sustainability activities.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online, Prior Learning
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): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PR 281
Community Public Relations
3
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You will learn the basics of 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): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
RT 200
Event Planning and Facilitation
3
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You will study the process involved in establishing 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): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
RT 289
Community Development
3
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You will be studying 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): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BLAW 282
Law and Risk Management for Managers
3
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You will study the Canadian legal system as it applies to recreation and tourism. 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: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): LAW 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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 seasonally appropriate environment. You will work within an organizational structure that will ensure camp standards are established and maintained. You will implement a process to ensure a fair and equitable allocation of resources.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 105.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online, Prior Learning
CAPL 200
Career Development
2
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You will research agencies in the recreation and tourism industry to select a practicum that meets career goals. You will also create an employability presence that includes the development of a resume and cover letter and the opportunity to participate in mock job interviews.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): SEM 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
RT 203
Event Management Lab
1
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You will become familiar with the process involved in establishing festivals and special events. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of establishing and maintaining contracts.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): RT 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
RT 204
Business Planning for Service Oriented Operations
4
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You will learn how to develop a sustainable business plan. Your studies will include the importance of understanding feasibility, strategic planning and the steps that are to be taken to develop a sustainable business plan for their recreation or tourism industry. You will apply these steps to a simple business plan which could be utilized in a new or existing business plan from an entrepreneurial perspective.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
RT 205
Group Tours Guiding Skills, and Local Capital
4
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You will study the components of low-risk group tours and guiding opportunities. You will have an opportunity to practice specific skills related to delivering these events. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive certification from OCC/STEC.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
TOUR 287
Municipal Tourism Administration
3
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You will study the concept of community based tourism focusing on the impact of a visitor economy. Your studies will include local tourism potential, the community tourism planning process, and ongoing operations and roles in community tourism management.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
PRAC 293
Recreation and Tourism Practicum
10
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You will have the opportunity to apply the theory and the experience gained in this program through a practical experience. You will use the skills and knowledge to work as a front-line employee in the field of recreation, community development and tourism.
Credit Units: 10
Course Hours: 150.0
Equivalent Course(s): WORK 145
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Prior Learning

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.  See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.


Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

 30 credit units may be granted towards: Bachelor of Management (3 yr PD), Bachelor of Management (4 yr PD), Bachelor of Management (4 yr PD) with major, Bachelor of Commerce (PD), Bachelor of Commerce (PD) with major, Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations (PD)

60 credit units may be granted towards: Bachelor of Professional Arts-Human Services (BPA-HRSV), and Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance, Law, and Management (BPA-GLM)
Royal Roads University agrees to facilitate the block transfer of student(s) from SaskPolytech with appropriate prerequisite qualifications into the third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management degree.
Block Transfer of 60 credit units into the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Studies - Sport and Recreation Management Major.
Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer of 60 credits toward a Bachelor of Tourism Management degree.
Sask Polytech graduates with 2.33 GPA, (including 6 credits of first year university-transferable English or Communications courses with a minimum grade of C) may be admitted directly into the third year of the Langara College Bachelor of Recreation Management Degree program (BRM)

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