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Recreation Program Planning

Course Code: THRT 1201
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 5 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course examines the theories and strategies used in the organization and delivery of leisure and recreation programs and services. Students will apply the total program planning process including: needs assessment, program design, implementation strategies and leadership and evaluation of recreation programs.

Course Content

 The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

Leisure and recreation programming in contemporary society

  • Contemporary views of leisure and recreation
  • Philosophy of programming and customer service
  • Defining leisure and recreation service
  • Describing leisure and recreation personnel

Strategies used in the delivery of leisure and recreation service

  • Social planning
  • Community development
  • Social marketing
  • Social action

Customer leisure behaviour

  • The relationship between the customer and the programmer
  • Factors influencing customer decision making
  • Behavioural science and their application to leisure
  • Lifestyle variables and their impact on leisure and recreation

Needs Identification and Assessment

  • Differentiate between leisure needs, wants and values
  • Process of needs assessment
  • Needs assessment tools and techniques
  • Need typologies

Program Design

  • Program theories and models: Kraus, Tillman, Edginton & Hanson
  • Determining goals and objectives for program development, program promotion and financial strategies
  • Common characteristics of goal and objective writing
  • Program areas: arts, literary, aquatics, sports, athletics, outdoor recreation, social recreation, self-improvement, wellness, travel, volunteer
  • Program formats: drop-in, club, class, special event, workshop, tournament

Implementation Strategies

  • Budget – various types, importance
  • Resource attainment and strategies to acquire resources
  • Pricing a program or service
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Risk management and safety
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Leadership roles and responsibilities

Program Evaluation

  • Formative and summative evaluation
  • Key concepts of evaluation
  • Evaluation methods including: direct and indirect observation, surveys or questionnaires, interviews, standardized instruments and record documentation

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Small group work
  • Demonstrations and practice
  • Community visits and experiences

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.  Typical means of evaluation will include a combination of written assignments, presentations and testing.

This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. discuss the role of leisure and recreation  programming in contemporary society
  2. explain theories and strategies used in the organization and delivery of leisure services
  3. analyze leisure behaviour and factors that influence leisure decision making
  4. describe  the process of needs assessment as it applies to recreation and leisure program planning
  5. design a plan including program goals and objectives
  6. discuss implementation strategies including concepts of budgeting, resource attainment, marketing, leadership
  7. discuss methods of program evaluation

course prerequisites

THRT 1102

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.