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Course : Foundations in Recreation, Leisure & Sport

Course Number
KNES 2003
Section Number
Fall 2021
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Description

     This course introduces students to the general principles and practices in the recreation and leisure segment of the sport industry. Students will gain a general understanding and appreciation of career options that they will be prepared for as they complete the Sport and Leisure Studies major. The course will examine history, philosophy, theory, professional standards, basic management principles and concepts, industry trends and best practices.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Course Competencies

Satisfactory completion of the course will document that students have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Gain knowledge of the history of sport & leisure.
  2. Gain knowledge of professional standards within the sport and leisure industry.
  3. Gain knowledge of career and professional opportunities through the sport and leisure service field.  
  4. Develop a professional philosophy for working in the field of sport and leisure studies.
  5. Gain knowledge about trends and best practices used in the field of sport and leisure studies. 

Class Meeting Information

This course is a fully online course using MSUTexas Desire to Learn (D2L) platform. Students are expected to check in a minimum of three (3) days each week to be able to stay up to date on presentations, available material and assignments. Additionally YouTube, ZOOM and/or Flipgrid will be used in this course as well for some presentations/lectures/assignments. 

There are four (4) scheduled virtual class meetings via ZOOM that students are highly encouraged to attend. Dates for these ZOOM meetings are (links will be provided prior to the scheduled meeting on the news link in D2L) Wednesday, August 25 @ 1:00 PM, Wednesday, September 15 @ 10:30 AM, Wednesday, October 13 @ 7:00 PM, Wednesday, November 3 @ 9:00 AM. 

Required Course Materials 

Textbook: Tapps, T., & Wells. M. S. (2019) Introduction to recreation and leisure (3rd Ed). Chicago, IL., Human Kinetics. 

Course Materials: Access to a personal computer with Microsoft Software, high speed Internet and the ability to access D2L (the MSUTexas Online Learning System, and Smart phone, I Pad or similar technology for Flipgrid assignments. 

Technology: All students must have internet access and be able to: send and receive e-mail, create, send and receive Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher or PowerPoint documents; use Google documents, sites & slides, use Desire 2 Learn portal through MSUTexas portal, download/use Flipgrid and ZOOM meeting platform for class assignments/meetings & presentations, post to discussion boards, appropriately use internet links and online websites such as Google Docs, Sites, Slides, etc. 


Assignment Overview and Grading Criteria

Due dates will be shared in D2L or in class. All assignments unless otherwise stated in the individual instructions are required to be submitted as a Word document. Any submissions in a different format will be returned to the student and not graded until it is submitted in the correct format. This could cause the student to incur the 5 point deduction per day for late submissions. Any assignment can be submitted before the due date. Late assignments will have a minimum automatic 5 point deduction for each day late. Do not wait until the last minute on any of your work!! 

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