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Combining business and leisure

Being in a program that allows you to earn two different degrees means you get to choose from a wide variety of courses. In your first year, you'll take a mixture of introductory courses in Management, Economics, Sociology and Social Anthropology (SoSA), Leisure Studies, and Health and Human Performance. In subsequent years, the required Leisure Studies and Management courses become more specialized, while opportunities open up for other electives.

When you study Recreation Management at Dal, your courses will provide you with not only the theories of leisure studies and health promotion, but also the business skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage recreation programs and facilities.

The 14-week internship in the final year of the program takes you out of the classroom and provides you with hands-on work experience to enhance your studies.

HAHP 1000
Introduction to Health, Health Promotion and Health Professions

In this class, you'll examine the theories, research, politics, and practices that have helped to define health and health promotion as an umbrella for health-related activities. It offers a historical perspective of health and health care, and focuses on current international, national, and local issues.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.

LEIS 2361
Program Planning

Designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs is vital to enhancing the quality of life for individuals, groups and communities. This class gives you an overview of the principles of program planning, various program planning models, and examples of programs that are pertinent to leisure services and health education/promotion. It also delves into such issues as targeting specific populations; scanning for needs and assets; partnering; managing stakeholder relationships; and evaluation.

Cross-listed: HPRO/HEED 2361

Prerequisites: LEIS 1127

LEIS 2296
Leadership and Group Dynamics

This course will focus primarily on the function of leadership and the process of small group dynamics, as applied to recreation and health education service delivery. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of individual and group goals in health related settings. In addition, effective leadership of individuals and groups within a community, through direct experience and observation, will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: LEIS 1127 or HPRO 1195 Restricted to Health Promotion and Recreation students.
Exclusions: LEIS 3296

LEIS 3370
Recreation Facility Design and Operations Management

In this class, you'll look at the role of the manager in the effective operation of recreation physical facilities and environmental resources. You will discover new and emerging trends in facility design, and explore the management process in relation to the planning and construction of indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, parks, playgrounds, and pools.

The class also focuses on the management skills needed to run recreational facilities: organizational structure and staffing; facility operations; maintenance, control, and security; risk management and litigation; equipment procurement; and inventory control.

Prerequisites: LEIS 1127, LEIS 2127, LEIS/HPRO/HEED 2361, INFO 1601, MGMT 2303, MGMT 2304

MGMT 2401
Introduction to Marketing

The objective of this class is to familiarize you with marketing’s mode of inquiry — or the way marketers look at the world. As a marketer, you should be able to:

        - ask the right questions about markets
        - organize data into relevant information
        - discover market opportunities
        - set goals
        - create a marketing plan that includes clear target markets, as well as
          product, price, distribution and communication strategies
        - implement and control a marketing program

The class will also train you in a number of skills that are necessary for higher-level classes and career advancement (for example, case analysis and analytical report writing).

Prerequisites: MGMT 1000, MGMT 1001, ECON 1101 and ECON 1102

MGMT 3602
Professional Communication Skills

This class will introduce you to the broad range of written and oral communication skills needed by managers, including how to adapt a document or presentation for a particular audience and purpose; how to select an effective method of organization; how to make effective use of graphics; and how to work as part of a collaborative project team. You'll have the opportunity to practice your communication skills and techniques in pairs and small groups, and by giving formal presentations before the whole class.

Prerequisites: MGMT/ENVI 1700.06
Exclusions: (COMM 1701.03 and COMM 1702.03) or (LIBS 1002.03 and LIBS 1003.03) or (INFO 1002.03 and INFO 1003.03) or (MGMT 1002.03 and MGMT 1003.03)