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SRA 332 v2: Outdoor Recreation
University of Mississippi

3 credit hours


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Instructor name:

David Waddell

Instructor Information:

David has taught at Ole Miss for seven years following a twenty-five-year career leading recreation programs for churches and retirement communities.


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The University of Mississippi, Department of Outreach,
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826


Roles and responsibilities of local, state, and federal governments in providing appropriate locations, facilities, programs, and leadership.


Required Textbook:

textbook cover

Outdoor Recreation: Enrichment for a Lifetime (4th edition).

Cordes and Hudson, Sagamore

ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-57167-777-8

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.


Upon completing this course, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the evolution, organization, complexity, and scope of outdoor recreation.

The goals of SRA 332 are to help you:


This course consists of 18 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Introduction Introduction to the course and explanation of the activity assignments Introduce Yourself! discussion board

Chapter 1

Quiz, Journal


Chapter 2

Written assignments, Journal


Chapter 3



Chapter 4

Written assignments, Journal

Chapter 5
Written assignments
Chapter 6 Written assignments, Journal
Course Exam 1

Proctored exam covering lessons 1-6.

NOTE: all lesson work must be submitted before you apply for this exam.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Attached lesson material


Chapter 14


Chapter 12


Chapter 13
Written assignments
Chapter 16 Written assignments
Major Assignments 1 & 2 Major Assignments 1 & 2 due

Team Building Initiative Game Leadership Assignment, Resource Tours and Evaluations Assignment

Course Exam 2

Proctored exam covering lessons 7-11.

NOTE: all lesson work must be submitted before you apply for this exam.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Chapter 7 Quiz

Chapter 8

Written assignments


Chapter 9

Written assignments


Chapter 10

Written assignment
Chapter 11


Attached lesson material
Written assignment
Attached lesson material Written assignment
Major Assignment 3
Major Assignment 3 due

Legislative Act PowerPoint Presentation and Video

Final Exam
Proctored exam covering lessons 12-18.

NOTE: all lesson work must be submitted AND GRADED before you apply for this exam.

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit



90-100 A 60-69 D
80-89 B 59 or less F
70-79 C


The grading format is as follows:

Exams = 30%
Lesson assignments = 30%
Major activity assignments = 40%



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Communication will be via email. Please monitor your email inbox on a regular basis. A full mail box does not exclude you from the responsibilities stated in the email. Emails where the information may be found in the syllabus, schedule, or the World Wide Web will not receive a reply. The instructor will not respond to class needs via social media. Use proper grammar and professional etiquette in email correspondence.

Online Attendance Verification: The University requires that online students show active virtual participation as a substitute for physical presence. Active participation is evaluated by submission of a graded assignment within the first two weeks of the course. Simply logging in to Blackboard does not count. For iStudy, you can show engagement by taking the syllabus quiz. You will be dropped from the class if you fail to take the quiz by the end of the second week after enrollment.

Videos: The course contains at least one video, so you'll need speakers or headphones and the download capacity to watch short videos. The final major assignment requires you to video yourself giving a presentation, upload that video, and submit the powerpoint and link, so you'll need a recording device (camera, phone, tablet, etc) and a (free) youtube account.


Team Building Initiative Game Leadership ñ You will prepare an outline of a Team Building experience. Principles of leadership utilized should include icebreaker activities, minimizing inhibitions, building trust, debriefing, and other issues that will be discussed in class. Assignment is due before you can schedule Course Exam 2 and will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Resource Tours and Evaluations - A visit should be made during the semester to each of the three classifications of resource areas; land resources, land mass, and water resources and should be evaluated according to the number of recreation opportunities available (20 points per classification), conservation and preservation techniques in operation (20 points per classification), and any concerns the administrators of the area have for the future (20 points per classification). Photos of your tour should be taken personally and placed in the paper to document the issues above as a part of the Evaluation. Improper identification of resource area results in a zero for that portion of the assignment. Cite all references in APA style whether in print or interview of personnel. (Photos and citing worth 20 points). Assignment is due before you can schedule Course Exam 2 and will be submitted through SafeAssign.

Legislative Act PowerPoint Presentation - For this assignment, you will submit a video showing you giving a five minute presentation covering governmental (Federal, State, or Local) legislation involving natural resources. The presentation should cover the history behind the act becoming necessary, the process of how the act came to place, and the impact the act has on our world today. The PowerPoint Slides for the presentation will be due with presentation notes included in the note section and the YouTube video link on the last page. A separate sheet should be attached with a minimum of four references posted on Microsoft Word in APA style. Evaluation will be based on the quality of the references, the organization of the materials to cover the points mentioned above, and the appearance of the PowerPoint slides. You should dress for the presentation as you would for a job interview. This assignment is due before you can schedule your final exam.


The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. Students must also contact Student Disability Services at 662 - 915 - 7128 so that office can:

  1. provide you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students

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Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer submitted questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi.

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