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RPT 110 : Activity Director Training

Prerequisites: None
Description: Training designed to prepare participants for the role of activity director at health care facilities.
Units: 3

RPT 120 : Critical Thinking and the Leisure Experience

Prerequisites: Introduction to basic concepts and principles of critical thinking. Subject matter includes identifying, differentiating, constructing, and evaluating arguments; recognizing fallacies; and applying formal and informal reasoning to the leisure experience.
Description:
Units: 3

RPT 152 : Aquatic Sports

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Development of skills and techniques in aquatic related sports and leisure activities. May be repeated for a total of 12 units. Extra fee may be required.
Units: 3

RPT 152 : Beginning Sailing

Prerequisites: None
Description: Development of skills and techniques in small boat sailing. Repair and maintenance of wood and fiberglass hulls; rigging, sails, and accessories. May be repeated for a total of 12 units.
Units: 3

RPT 160 : Recreation and Leisure Alternative Activities

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Focus is on selected new and alternative leisure opportunities and resources. May be repeated for a total of 4 units when topics vary. Extra fee may be required.
Units: 1-2

RPT 160 : Beginning Rock Climbing

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to rock climbing and belay in both indoor and outdoor settings. Topics include knot tying, rope handling, hazards, equipment use and care, climbing techniques, anchor building, leave-no-trace climbing. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 160 : Inclusive Shared Outdoor Adventures

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to inclusion principles, activities, adaptive equipment, techniques, trip planning. Collaboration of students with and without disabilities working together so all have positive shared cycling, kayaking, and sailing experiences. Specialized adaptive recreation equipment provided. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RPT 160 : Introduction to Back Country Skiing

Prerequisites: Ability to continuously run one mile.
Description: Introduction to cross country and telemark ski equipment, techniques, snow characteristics, hazards, trip planning for back country skiing away from ski areas. Includes ski trip and overnight stay in Yosemite National Park. CR/NC grading only. Extra course fee.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

RPT 160 : Lake and Sea Kayaking

Prerequisites: Must be able to swim 25 yards.
Description: Understanding basic theory, strokes, safety practices and skills development in lake and sea kayaking. Topics include strokes, boat handling, hazards, capsize recovery, trip planning and wildlife observation. May be repeated for 3 units for degree credit.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

RPT 160 : Small Boat Sailing

Prerequisites: None
Description: Basic sailing theory, safety practices and development of skills and techniques in small boat sailing; knots, rigging, boat handling, docking and capsize recovery. Students must take a basic swim test (wearing a life jacket) prior to the first class. (CR/NC grading only.) May be repeated for 3 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 160 : Women's Backpacking

Prerequisites: None
Description: Personal adventure programming philosophy, leadership, and outdoor recreation skills for women, through readings, planning and participating in hiking and backpacking trips. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RPT 200 : Foundations of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Prerequisites: None
Description: Recreation, parks, and tourism as a profession; exploration of careers in private, public, and nonprofit sectors; introduction to theory, history, and literature in the field; examination of issues and trends and their implications to the leisure service delivery system.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RPT 205 : Enlightened and Sustainable Travel

Prerequisites: None
Description: Culturally sensitive, low impact travel and tourism by individuals that engages travellers, protects the global environment and benefits local communities. Assessment of the adverse/beneficial impacts of travel. Development of trip plan incorporating enlightened travel principles and sustainable tourism goals.
Units: 3

RPT 220 : Leisure Lifestyle Development

Prerequisites: None
Description: Overview of leisure: with emphasis on how the optimal leisure experience can contribute to one's total well-being, acquiring leisure activity skills/techniques, methods of evaluating and enriching one's personal leisure. Not open to recreation majors.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 225 : Information Technology in Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Prerequisites: RPT 200 or consent of instructor.
Description: Development of knowledge and skills with information technology and communications in recreation, parks and tourism. Application of word processing, e-presentation, spreadsheet, digital image manipulation and specialized software used in the profession.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 230 : Growth Through Adventure

Prerequisites: None
Description: Development of values and understanding of self through outdoor adventure activities. Influences of culture, history, fears, and myths on outdoor adventure activities. Introduction to selected outdoor skills. Survey of selected outdoor adventure activities in the Bay Area and Northern California. Extra fee required.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 240 : Leisure and Contemporary Society

Prerequisites: None
Description: A critical behavioral and social analysis of the impact of contemporary and future leisure trends related to technology, aging, polyphasing, activity patterns, resources, etc., and their implications for human health, happiness, and quality of life.
General Education:
Units: 3

RPT 300 : Leadership in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Leadership theory, supervision, interpersonal relationships and group dynamics in recreation, parks, and tourism settings. Influence of ethics. Leadership competencies in planning, safety/risk management, problem solving and evaluation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 330 : Arts and Crafts for Leisure

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Arts and crafts skills for recreational and clinical/therapeutic purposes; the development of creativity and self-expression in community programs, resources for materials, leadership skills, and equipment use and maintenance are covered. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 340 : Conference, Event Planning, and Management

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Organizing, planning, and managing conferences, conventions, and special events: site and faculty selection, scheduling, programming and theme development, exhibit management, registration, and over-all meeting services.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 350 : Leadership in University Union/Student Activities Programs

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised leadership field experience in a university union/student activities program. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 1-3

RPT 358 : Advanced Sailing Theory and Practice

Prerequisites: RPT 152 or equivalent and consent of instructor.
Description: Advanced sailing techniques, competitive sailing, regattas, rule interpretations and supervised experiences including participation in ICCSA regattas. Guest lectures on rule interpretations, tactics, and navigations. May be repeated for a total of 12 units. Extra fee may be added.
Units: 3

RPT 360 : Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Prerequisites: RPT 400 and consent of instructor.
Description: Advanced students serve under individual faculty supervision in organizing and conducting outdoor recreation programs. Open only to majors and minors in recreation. May be repeated twice on advisement.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 365 : White Water Raft Guiding

Prerequisites: RPT 160 or previous white water experience; ability to swim 100 yards and tread water for 5 minutes; CPR and First Aid.
Description: Skills of white water raft guiding. River hydraulics, water reading, raft maneuvering, equipment care and maintenance, environmental ethics, safety and emergency procedures, trip planning and organization. Classwork, 1 unit; laboratory, 2 units. Extra fee required. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3

RPT 370 : Principles of Nonprofit Administration

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Principles of nonprofit agency administration. Understanding of philosophical, historical, and social context; volunteer movement, funding, governance, organization, and management of nonprofit agencies; trends; professional development and employment opportunities. This course is offered as RPT 370 and P A 370. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RPT 380 : Developmental Play Processes

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Concepts and issues related to play, recreation, and leisure; learning and human development throughout the life span; gender and cultural differences; materials and environments; benefits and barriers; engineering and facilitating experiences; and activity adaptation. Classwork, 2 units; Laboratory, 1 unit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Stress, Work, and Leisure
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 390 : Leisure Travel and Tourism

Prerequisites: RPT 200 or HTM 110.
Description: Investigation into scope and nature of international and domestic travel and tourism industry, trends, tourist motivations, perceptions, consumer behavior, travel facilitators, plans, development, promotion, costing events, travel attractions. This course is offered as RPT 390 and HTM 390. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 400 : Programming in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; RPT majors have enrollment priority.
Description: Theory and process of program assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation in public and private venues to enhance individual and community life quality. Needs and interests of people, settings, and leisure activities. Program marketing and community outreach.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 410 : Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation

Prerequisites: RPT 200 or consent of instructor.
Description: Universal access, design and inclusion in community and clinical settings. Disabling conditions and implications for leadership, activity adaptation, and programming. Enabling legislation, regulatory agents, and practices relevant to inclusivity and human rights. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RPT 430 : Ecology of Outdoor Recreation

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Parks and outdoor recreation. Conservation of resources, appreciation, use and misuse of the natural environment.
Units: 3

RPT 440 : Urban Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Urban recreation needs, issues, and services; socio-political, ethnographic, and demographic influences on recreation, parks, and related human service organizations; successful leadership, programming, administrative, and planning principles for urban leisure services.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RPT 445 : Recreation Therapy and the Expressive Arts

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Expressive arts and their use in a therapeutic recreation setting: art, music, movement and dance, poetry, and drama therapy.
Units: 3

RPT 460 : Recreation Destination Resorts

Prerequisites: RPT/HTM 390 or consent of instructor.
Description: Leisure experiences provided by resorts, theme parks, campgrounds, hotels, and activity specific centers. Fundamentals of establishing, administrating, promoting, and working in recreation resorts.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 470 : Care Break: Alternative Spring Break Service

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Introduces concepts of volunteerism, civic engagement, citizenship, stewardship, and community leadership using service learning experiences. Students think critically about concepts through lectures, discussions, selected readings on issues related to community and service. Mandatory 40-hour spring break service learning experience. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3

RPT 500 : Organization and Administration of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Prerequisites: RPT 200, 225 or consent of instructor.
Description: Principles and practices in organizational structure, human resources administration, supervision, budgeting and financial management, and analysis of recreation, parks, and tourism organizations. Trends, technology applications, and case studies.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 520 : Parks and Outdoor Recreation Resources

Prerequisites: RPT 200 or consent of instructor.
Description: Park operations and regulatory compliance at municipal, county, state, and federal levels; resource acquisition and financing; facility planning, design, and maintenance; environmental issues; ethics; interrelationship between environment and visitor experience; and risk management.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RPT 540 : Start-Up and Sustainable Operations of Tourism, Event and Recreation Enterprises

Prerequisites: RPT 390/HTM 390 or consent of instructor.
Description: Start-up and administration of tourism, event and commercial recreation enterprises; industry trends; consumer behavior with implications for entrepreneurs and managers; managing and marketing principles applied to industry; development of enterprise plan; assessment of financial feasibility. Paired with RPT 840. Students who have taken RPT 840 may not take RPT 540 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

RPT 550 : Planning and Evaluation of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Prerequisites: RPT 500.
Description: Planning and evaluation concepts, principles and applications to recreation, parks, and tourism; strategic planning models/processes; assessment of organization vision, mission, goals, programs, facilities, marketing, and financials; demographic, environment, and social analysis; needs-assessment techniques and data analysis.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RPT 560 : Current Practices in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services

Prerequisites: RPT 200 or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Focus on new or updated technology, procedures, or methods; e.g., systems analysis, leisure education, tourism, legal implications, specific professional practices in parks, recreation, and leisure services. May be repeated for a total of 9 units when topics vary.
Units: 1-3

RPT 560 : Current Practices in Youth Human Service Nonprofits

Prerequisites: RPT/PA 370 and RPT/PA 570.
Description: Field experience in current practice, procedure and management techniques of nonprofit youth and human service organizations. Organizational strategies, day-to-day operations, programs and services. Minimum 250 hours field experience in Bay Area nonprofit are required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 560 : Leisure Services Conference

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Current and innovative techniques and trends in parks, recreation, leisure, and human services. Legislation, professional issues, and technical information affecting the field is presented by recognized leaders/professionals in the field. Registration required for the 23 day conference or two one-day conferences--minimum 15 hours contact time.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 560 : Professional Development Workshop

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Current programming and management techniques applicable to the park, recreation, leisure, and human service professions. Presentations made by professionals recognized in their fields of expertise. Registration required for approved workshops.
Units: 1

RPT 570 : Developing and Managing Resources in Nonprofit Agencies

Prerequisites: RPT 370 or consent of instructor.
Description: Framework for the administration of nonprofit agencies through volunteer recruitment, selection, and management. Principles of philanthropy and fundraising applied to management of nonprofit agencies. This course is offered as RPT 570 and P A 570. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 605 : Ecotourism Principles and Practices

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Nature-based, low impact tourism to preserve the environment and local communities. Assessment of adverse and beneficial tourism impacts on global environment, indigenous cultures and economy. Ecotourism market, providers, eco-resorts, community settings and regulators. The balance between promoting versus limiting ecotourism.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Preservation of a Livable Environment
  • Segment III Cluster - Exploring the Future: Next 20 Years
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 640 : Recreational Use of National Parks and Protected Areas

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to concepts of conservation and preservation of national parks and other ecosystem units, and managing visitor use. Emphasis on history, management principles, and current issues. National parks will be the primary focus, selected international protected areas will be included. This course is offered as RPT 640 and ENVS 640. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 650 : Facilitating Leisure Wellness

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Examination of concepts, processes, and applications related to leisure and wellness. Origin, development, and expression of leisure in individual behavior and its relationship to facilitating wellness.
Units: 3

RPT 660 GW : Professionalism in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism - GWAR

Prerequisites: RPT 200, 300, 400, and 500; internship eligibility; ENG 214 or equivalent with grade of C or better.
Description: Current issues and practices in recreation, park, and tourism. Oral and written communications in the profession. (ABC/NC grading only).
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RPT 670 : Advanced Conference, Event Planning, and Management

Prerequisites: RPT 340 or consent of instructor.
Description: Application of advanced techniques for planning and managing conventions, trade shows, festivals, expositions, and other special events. Event strategic planning and marketing, ROI, and risk management. This course is offered as RPT 670 and HTM 670. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

RPT 680 : Directed Field Experience in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Prerequisites: Internship eligibility and consent of instructor.
Description: Directed field experience in program planning, supervision, and evaluation under direct supervision of qualified professional personnel. Understanding of leadership and group dynamics, programming, communication and writing skills, and application of current technology. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 6
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 690 : Directed Management Experience in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Prerequisites: Internship eligibility and consent of instructor.
Description: Directed management experience in facility, personnel, and fiscal management under direct supervision of qualified personnel. Understanding of legal and legislative foundations, and ethical principles and practices related to recreation, parks and tourism agencies. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 9
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: In-depth, individual, or group study projects in areas of personal/professional recreation and leisure interest under the guidance of a faculty member. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 1-3

RPT 700 : Orientation and Professional Development in Recreation and Leisure Service

Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Orientation to the recreation, parks, and tourism discipline; literature in the field; research writing; current issues and trends; comprehensive self-assessment professional skills and competencies.
Units: 3

RPT 720 : Developing Collaborative Leaders in Leisure Services

Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Examination and development of leadership behaviors and principles associated with creating and/or guiding a leisure service organization's efforts to develop collaborative leaders. Emphasis on creating an organizational environment with a diverse work force where shared leadership is valued and practiced.
Units: 3

RPT 730 : Foundations of Leisure

Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Interrelated concepts of time, work, and leisure and their impact on the leisure services profession and selected contemporary and future issues. Selected readings in cultural, historical, philosophical, behavioral, and social scientific literature related to the above.
Units: 3

RPT 740 : Leisure and Aging

Prerequisites: None
Description: Trends, concepts, challenges of aging related to leisure. Focuses on issues of lifespan, retirement, changing roles, and lifestyle adjustment. Applications and implications for leisure service delivery in a variety of clinical, custodial/long-term care, and community organizational settings.
Units: 3

RPT 744 : Nonprofits, Public Policy and Society

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with P A 744. For course description, see P A 744. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

RPT 810 : Research Methods in Recreation and Leisure Studies

Prerequisites: RPT 700 and RPT 730 or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to general research approaches, design, and methodology, with emphasis on research design and methods used in recreation and leisure studies. Review of pertinent literature. Gain practical experience with graduate level resources at SFSU.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

RPT 840 : Startup and Sustainable Operations of Tourism, Event and Recreation Enterprises

Prerequisites: RPT/HTM 390 or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with RPT 540. See RPT 540 for course description. Students who have taken RPT 540 may not take RPT 840 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

RPT 850 : Human Resources Development in Leisure Studies

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and classified graduate status.
Description: Seminar in supervision including volunteer management, situational leadership: coaching and counseling personnel, performance appraisal, and personnel management systems.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

RPT 862 : Management of Leisure Services

Prerequisites: RPT 500 or RPT 550 or equivalents, graduate status, and consent of instructor.
Description: Organization and management of services in public and private leisure service agencies. Legal issues, fiscal resources, management trends, political issues, community involvement, organizational effectiveness, and current problems and issues affecting leisure service agencies. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

RPT 870 : Evaluation of Professional Growth and Leadership in Recreation and Leisure Services

Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Refinement of professional development plan developed in RPT 700. Mentor new graduate student, assist with conduct of self-assessment, leadership and professional skills inventory, and development of career goals plan.
Units: 1

RPT 880 : Trends and Issues in Leisure Services

Prerequisites: RPT 700, RPT 720, and RPT 730 or consent of instructor.
Description: Intensive study of selected problems in recreation. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

RPT 890 : Internship

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Field experience in recreation in a medical, paramedical, or institutional setting under the supervision of specialists in recreation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 890 : Internship

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Field experience in recreation in a medical, paramedical, or institutional setting under the supervision of specialists in recreation.
Units: 4

RPT 891 : Independent Research

Prerequisites: graduate adviser approval and RPT 710.
Description: Independent, original research investigation supervised by a graduate adviser. Continuous enrollment required for all students while completing the master's thesis. Does not count toward the 33-unit master's degree requirements. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1-3

RPT 895 : Applied Research Project

Prerequisites: RPT 880 or RPTA 202 or concurrent enrollment. Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: An in-depth examination of an issue/problem within recreation, parks, and/or tourism. Supervised by committee chair and culminates in an applied research project and professional paper. (CR/NR grading; RP allowed)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 896 : Directed Reading in Leisure Studies

Prerequisites: Culminating Experience approval and RPT 880 or RPTA 202 concurrent enrollment.
Description: Directed readings focused on integrating leadership, management, theory, and research with issues/problems in recreation, parks, and/or tourism. Supervised by committee chair and culminates in the written comprehensive examination. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: RPT 880 or RPTA 202 or concurrent enrollment, consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Research on a topic within recreation, parks, and/or tourism resulting in a significant literature review, methodology, and data analysis. Supervised by committee chair and culminates in a thesis. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

RPT 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate coordinator and supervising faculty member.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the college. Open only to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
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