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Courses - September 2024

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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Placement and Career Readiness
ETR1250

Description:

The course will cover the practical aspects of securing a placement in the recreation and sport services field. This course provides students with the required tools in the job application process to be career ready and prepare for their first work integrated learning experience. The student will examine strategies for accessing available supports and opportunities related to the job search, cover letter and resume creation, and interviewing skills. Successful completion of this course is a requirement for starting Field Placement within the recreation and sport services program.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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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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Introduction to Recreation and Sports Contexts
REC1230

Description:

This course will introduce students to the scope and diversity within the field of recreation and sport services. Students will identify and describe areas within the field through the exploration of local, provincial, and national best practices that frame and inform these sectors. Through integrated experiences, students will explore and defend the personal, social, economic, and environmental benefits of various recreation and sport services. The diversity of career options will be explored and related to their development as a professional.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Recreation and Sport Participation Across the Lifespan
REC1240

Description:

This course will introduce students to concepts related to healthy living for individuals, groups, and communities. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the benefits of holistic healthy lifestyles and the assumptions related to health and wellness over the course of an individuals’ lifespan will be discussed. In addition, students will identify opportunities for promoting and implementing sport, recreation, and wellness initiatives. Students will examine their own personal relationship with health and understand how they can enhance and support their own wellness.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Inclusion and Access in Recreation and Sport
REC1250

Description:

This course will identify the foundations of inclusion and access in recreation and sport programs and services exploring how these principles impact feelings of belonging and contribute to meaningful community building and engagement. Students will explain, compare, and apply the principles of offering welcoming, accessible, and inclusive programs and services that meet the shifting recreation and sport needs of current and future participants. Students will also examine how societal attitudes and unconscious bias have shaped approaches to access and inclusion, which has historically established barriers and constraints to full participation.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Foundations of Recreation and Sport Administration
REC1260

Description:

This course will introduce students to the administrative functions needed for recreation and sport organizations to operate successfully. Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge of core administration practices, including the fundamentals of customer service and effective communication. Through classroom experiences, students will examine the use of technology, policies and procedures, and process efficiencies in the implementation of recreation and sport programs, events, and services.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course details

Finance in Recreation and Sport
FIN1120

Description:

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of financial management activities in recreation and sport to support decision-making and planning with an aim to strengthen organizations. Students will recommend fees and charges for recreation and sport services with an understanding of market value. Students will examine revenue generation strategies and learn key principles of sustaining fiscally responsible recreation and sport organizations. Budget and business plan development, as well as fund diversification will be explored.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Field Placement I (Recreation and Sport Administration)
FPLT1600

Description:

Situated in community agencies, students will strengthen their appreciation of the diverse nature of the recreation and sport services field. Working with community-based organizations/agencies, students will assess needs, interests, and abilities in order to develop, implement, and evaluate inclusive programs, experiences and/or 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
  • Pre-Requisites: OHS1320
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Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Program Planning
REC1270

Description:

This course explores the foundational elements of program planning in recreation and sport services. Through active learning experiences, students will utilize assessment tools to design and implement an innovative and inclusive sport, physical activity, or recreation program. They will analyze revenue generation strategies while creating detailed program budgets and will discuss funding options to promote sustainable program delivery. Students will also examine how a variety of marketing mediums, including but not limited to current social media platforms, could be utilized to successfully promote programs.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Sport for Development
REC1280

Description:

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of sport in promoting social change and development. Students will learn about the principles and practices of sport for development, including how sport can be used to address social and health issues, promote education and gender equality, and support peace-building efforts. This course will introduce different approaches to sport for development, including community-based programs, international development initiatives, and sport diplomacy. Students will build on the principles of inclusion and learn about the importance of respecting diversity, promoting cultural understanding, and creating safe and inclusive environments for all participants.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Recreation and Sport Organizations and Governance
REC1290

Description:

The course will introduce the concept of governance and its role in shaping the structure and management of recreation and sport organizations. Students will learn about the various types of organizations in the recreation and sport field, including national governing bodies, grassroots organizations, and professional leagues. Students will learn about the different governance models used in the field including, self-governance, government oversight, and membership-based governance. Students will learn how to identify effective strategies and policies to manage resources and achieve organizational goals.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: REC1260
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Electives: General Education
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Level 3

Course details

Field Placement II (Recreation and Sport Administration)
FPLT2540

Description:

This course will provide an opportunity for students to diversify their experience as a recreation and sport student and aspiring professional. Placed within community agencies/organizations, students will apply and expand their skills, knowledge and understanding of the scope of professional practice. Through field placement experiences and reflective seminars, students will analyze their contributions to the work of their agency and their role as a member of the team.

  • Hours: 176
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites: FPLT1600
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Foundations of People and Culture Management in Recreation and Sport
REC2240

Description:

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage people and culture in the recreation and sport field. Students will learn about the different aspects of people and culture management, including recruitment, training and development, performance management, and employee/volunteer engagement. Students will learn how to identify and evaluate organizational needs, develop and implement effective HR strategies and policies, and provide effective leadership and communication to achieve organizational goals. The course will explore the principles of organizational behaviour and how they apply to the recreation and sport field. They will also learn about the importance of motivation, job satisfaction, and employee/volunteer well-being in creating a positive and productive environment.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Recreation and Sport Events
REC2250

Description:

This course will examine the processes and foundational elements involved in the planning and execution of recreation and sport special events. Through integrated experiences students will analyze required components of a successful event including, venue selection and essentials, event operations, risk management, revenue generation, understanding customer experiences, marketing, sponsorship, and accessibility. Students will interpret information and gain experience in the creative use of recreation assets needed to design and lead recreation and sport special events.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Evaluation in Recreation and Sport Organizations
REC2260

Description:

This course will emphasize the importance of evaluation and assessment in the management practices and operations within recreation and sport services. Students will apply skills such as collecting, analysing, and interpreting data to establish key findings and develop recommendations to support recreation and sport service provisions. Best practices and approaches to community engagement and evaluation will be examined.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Leadership and Team Dynamics
REC2270

Description:

This course will introduce students to the importance of working in groups and will challenge students to explore leadership styles and the leader's role in motivating others. Students will assess their personal leadership styles to understand how they can apply effective strategies and techniques to build and manage successful teams. Students will learn practical aspects of team management including how to identify and evaluate team goals, develop, and implement effective strategies to achieve them, and provide constructive feedback and support to team members. In addition, the course will explore the role of leadership and team dynamics in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in recreation and sport services.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Electives: General Education
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Level 4

Course details

Field Placement III (Recreation and Sport Administration)
FPLT2550

Description:

This course will support students to consolidate theory and practice as emerging professionals. Paired with a community agency/organization, students will demonstrate initiative to make meaningful contributions and demonstrate core competencies, integrating knowledge and understanding of the recreation and sport services field, diverse populations, and inclusive services. Through field placement experiences and reflective seminars students will establish their professional profile and articulate future career goals.

  • Hours: 176
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites: FPLT2540
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League and Tournament Management
REC2280

Description:

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the principles and practices involved in the management of leagues and tournaments. Students are introduced to the operation of sport leagues and tournaments and examine the various types and levels of sport leagues that exist based on participant age, ability, and competitiveness. Student will become familiar with topics related to league and tournament management, including scheduling, rules, registration, officiating, communication, and marketing. Students will gain an understanding of the principles and practices involved in managing planning, organizing and executing successful leagues and tournaments.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Recreation and Sport
REC2290

Description:

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify, develop, and launch innovative ideas in the recreation and sport field. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of key principles and will learn practical aspects of starting and running a successful recreation and sport business, including market research, business planning, funding, and marketing. Students will learn how to identify and evaluate market opportunities, develop a business plan, and secure funding to launch and grow their ventures. Students will explore the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in addressing current and emerging challenges in the recreation and sport field, including, sustainability, accessibility, and inclusivity.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Coaching Sport and Physical Activity
REC2300

Description:

This course will address the principles of coaching theory in a range of sport and physical activity contexts. Students will deepen their understanding of the design and delivery of physical activity programs in sport, exercise, and health and wellness environments. Students will gain an appreciation of the diversity and complexity of the teaching and coaching process in sport and physical activity.Students will learn about the key principles of coaching, as well as the techniques and strategies used to develop and enhance individual and team performance. This course will highlight the role of coaching in promoting lifelong physical activity and wellness, including the importance of creating safe and inclusive environments that promote participation and enjoyment.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Recreation and Sport Facility Operations
REC2310

Description:

This course will highlight various recreation and sport facilities integrating students' understanding of how they operate and the role they play in communities. Students will examine key principles and practices and will assess the functionality of both indoor and outdoor recreation and sport environments. Factors including design, maintenance and operations, risk management, and accessibility will be evaluated for the purpose of analyzing how recreation and sport can utilize places and spaces to benefit members of the community.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Electives: General Education
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Program outcomes

  1. Use computer applications to effectively manage and support recreation and sport organizational operations.
  2. Develop and implement marketing tools using digital and social media strategies to increase brand awareness for recreation and sport organizations, programs, events, services and facilities.
  3. Comply with relevant regulations, policies, procedures, safety and accessibility standards, to ensure the efficient operation and administration of recreation and sport organizations.
  4. Guide staff and volunteer development, using leadership strategies, to support their engagement and improve motivation in the recreation and sport organization.
  5. Support fiscally responsible planning of recreation and sport programs, events and services, using basic financial management approaches.
  6. Plan, organize, and deliver recreation and sport programs, tournaments, or community events that respond to needs, interests, and abilities, engage participants, and promote the health and wellness of individuals, groups, and communities.
  7. Provide clear program, event, and service-management communication to employees and participants to ensure successful delivery, and customer satisfaction.
  8. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development as a recreation and sport professional to contribute to a positive work environment.
  9. Conduct and present research to support the evaluation and enhancement of recreation and sport programs, events, and organizational practices.