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Courses - September 2021

Level 1

Course Details

College Reading & Writing Skills
COMM1085

Description:

This course introduces students to the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse a variety of texts and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising to produce writing that meets the expectations of selected audiences and purposes. The course prepares students for college-level writing tasks, research, and documentation by asking them to produce clear, informed, and purposeful documents relevant to both academic and professional contexts.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Safety in the Workplace
OHS1320

Description:

This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of general Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Developmental Psychology
PSYC1040

Description:

This course combines the numerous theories of human growth and development, as well as practical application of the material as it relates to the human services field. It includes physical, social, intellectual, emotional and behavioural development from the contest of both family and community. The course also examines unusual and abnormal development or behavioural patterns. One hour weekly seminars provide a human services related perspective to the material, each one focusing on a specific phase of the life span. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Group Dynamics for Recreation
REC1060

Description:

This course is designed to provide the learner with the practical knowledge skills and abilities necessary to be proficient at oral communication. The course, facilitated through a co-operative learning approach, provides the learner with exposure to appropriate listening techniques, speaking interpersonal, intrapersonal, small group, and conflict management applications. The course will increase the student's awareness and understanding of public speaking (making a speech, presentations), and conflict resolution (mediation, negotiation, debate), all necessary tools and techniques to be an effective recreation and leisure practitioner.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Healthy Lifestyles Throughout the Lifespan
REC1120

Description:

This course will challenge learners to develop an appreciation of the value of healthy living for individuals throughout the lifespan, groups and communities. Learners will gain an understanding of the emerging importance of utilizing the vitality approach in recreation and leisure service program delivery and will research and assess intentional recreation and leisure healthy lifestyle strategies. Through an interprofessional delivery model lens, learners will observe, describe, and apply contribution of recreation and leisure services to healthy lifestyles throughout the lifespan.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Introduction to Field of Recreation and Leisure
REC1130

Description:

With a view to introducing learners to the field, this course will explore the scope and diversity within the field of recreation and leisure services through practical and classroom experience. Learners will interpret philosophies and theories of recreation, leisure, play and wellness from a historic and emerging perspective. The intentional facilitation of recreation and leisure services as a part of a healthy lifestyle for individuals through the life cycle, and of varying needs, abilities and interests, will be examined. Through integrated experiences, learners will discover the personal, social, economic and environmental value and benefits of the public, nonprofit and commercial sectors and will create a portfolio that chronicles their discoveries.

  • Hours: 88
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course Details

Field Placement II (Recreation & Leisure Services)
FPLT1270

Description:

Situated in community agencies, students will strengthen their appreciation of the diverse nature of recreation and leisure services field. Working with diverse groups in the community, they will assess needs, interests and abilities in order to develop, implement and evaluate inclusive programs and events. Through guided exploration and reflective seminars, students will identify the fundamental elements of professional practice and relate those elements to personal performance in the field.

  • Hours: 127
  • Credits: 5
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Dynamics Of Leadership
REC1080

Description:

This course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge, skills and practical applications required to lead or facilitate leisure activities. Leadership is an exciting component of the recreation practitioner's role. Learners are encouraged to integrate concepts and models of leadership theory with practical applications in the field of recreation. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Program Planning
REC1090

Description:

The students will gain an appreciation for the necessity of clear and complete planning for a recreation and leisure services organization. The importance of consumer involvement in needs assessments, the organization of administrative functions in order to carry out the plan, and the evaluation of data for analysis, policy making and program modification will be studied. The emphasis of this course is on a servant leadership approach to programming.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Volunteerism in Recreation & Leisure
REC1140

Description:

Volunteers are essential to leadership and service in the recreation and leisure field. Through this course, learners will gain a thorough understanding of volunteerism, volunteer management and interprofessional practice as it relates to volunteer engagement. Integrated curriculum coupled with community engagement will provide learners with the opportunity to define, analyse and apply a volunteer involvement model with not-for-profit agencies.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Inclusive and Therapeutic Recreation
REC2150

Description:

This course includes both the philosophical and theoretical foundations of inclusive and therapeutic recreation services, including concepts and models of service delivery. Content includes individuals and groups dealing with various challenges related to disabilities, impairments and handicaps. Emphasis will be placed on populations experiencing economic and social disadvantages. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Level 3

Course Details

Field Placement III (Recreation and Leisure Services)
FPLT2300

Description:

Situated in community agencies, learners will broaden their scope of practice and deepen their professional practice skills through field placement. Through guided reflections of their experiences and review of their portfolios, learners will create plans for expanding their professional practice through community involvement and engagement. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.

  • Hours: 176
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites: FPLT1270 OR REC1150
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Special Event and Festival Planning
REC2100

Description:

The dynamic field of special event and festival management will be covered in this course. Topics include needs assessment and community research; event administration (human resources; finances; leadership); event co-ordination (contracts; on-site co-ordination; special services); marketing and sponsorship; risk management and legal issues; and event implementation and evaluation. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Leisure Education in Recreation and Therapeutic Settings
REC2160

Description:

This course invites students to consider how recreation and leisure can be used as a therapeutic tool for promoting health and wellness. Students will promote the benefits and values of recreation, leisure, and healthy active living and recommend inclusive programs, events, and services for all individuals and groups in therapeutic settings. They will develop inclusive programs for diverse populations, articulate the reasoning for these programs and defend their therapeutic benefits for individuals, groups and communities. In addition, they will become familiar with the inter-professional nature of working in therapeutic settings and the process of referral to other related professionals.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Community Research and Planning
REC2170

Description:

Community research and planning have emerged as increasingly important areas of focus in the field of recreation and leisure services. Through an integrative learning framework, learners will strengthen their theoretical knowledge of research and planning while uncovering applications in community settings. Through discussion, debate, and analysis, this course will emphasize the importance of evidence based practices and collaborative and inter-professional relations.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Program Design and Development
REC2180

Description:

This course provides opportunity for learners to explore population focused program design and development. Through case studies and workshops, learners will review, and critique models of program design through a lens of community needs and accountability. In addition, learners will develop and defend innovative program designs that respond to community assets and needs. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Level 4

Course Details

Field Placement IV (Recreation and Leisure Services)
FPLT2310

Description:

Building on previous field placement experiences, students will integrate theory and research through consolidated practices of inclusive recreation, leisure and wellness programs and events for individuals, groups and communities through direct leadership and community development strategies. Working as a member of a team, students will initiate ideas for service delivery, program development and event management, defend decisions, and create a plan for implementation. They will advocate for and promote the benefits and values of sustainable and inclusive recreation, leisure and healthy active living.

  • Hours: 176
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites: FPLT2300 OR REC2190
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Community Development
REC2010

Description:

This course gives students an appreciation of the process of community development. Students will investigate the concept of community development and the roles of community development practitioners. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Applied Facilitation
REC2020

Description:

The course is designed to identify the skills, knowledge and abilities required to effectively facilitate recreation and leisure services. The role of facilitators in the process of community development and in volunteer management will be investigated. Students will have an opportunity to analyze their strengths and limitations as it relates to facilitation. This course will be offered through hybrid delivery with some classes on-line and some in-class.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Advanced Therapeutic Practices in Recreation
REC2200

Description:

This course will provide the learner with the opportunity to explore the conceptual elements of health, wellness, quality of life, and leisure-related concepts in therapeutic practices in recreation. Models related to therapeutic recreation service provision and accountability will be investigated as will program and activity design tools. The course will focus on client assessment and the recreation practitioner’s role on the inter-professional care team. Learners will be encouraged to integrate concepts and models through situated learning experiences. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: REC2160
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Community Evaluation and Service Enhancement
REC2210

Description:

In this course the principles of community evaluation, the content areas and the processes will be explored through situated and integrative learning. The course will provide the learners with both a theoretical framework and practical guidelines for conducting evidence based evaluations. An emphasis will be placed on the importance of collaborative and inter-professional practice as well as individual, group and community accountability. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program outcomes

  1. Develop, implement and evaluate inclusive recreation, leisure and wellness programs and events for individuals, groups and communities which respond to assessed needs, interests, abilities and that use available resources and incorporate best practices.
  2. Apply administrative and customer service skills to support the delivery of recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services.
  3. Analyze, develop and implement marketing strategies to reach diverse individuals, groups and communities for programs, events, services and facilities using current communication technologies.
  4. Contribute to the development of fiscally sustainable and responsible recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services using current and relevant principles and practices of business, finance and social entrepreneurship.
  5. Supervise, lead and support the development of staff and volunteers involved with recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services.
  6. Apply safety and accessibility practices to the efficient operation and administration of recreation and leisure facilities and settings.
  7. Promote the benefits and values of recreation, leisure and healthy active living and recommend inclusive programs, events and services to individuals and groups.
  8. Apply community development strategies which engage citizens and community partners while advocating for healthy communities.
  9. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development as a recreation and leisure services professional.