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SRA 200 v1: Park and Recreation Program Leadership
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
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

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


Planning and leadership techniques for conducting organized park and recreation programs for all age groups.


Required Textbook:

textbook cover

Jordan, D. (2007). Leadership in Leisure Services: Making A Difference (3rd Ed.).

State College, PA: Venture.

textbook cover

John Maxwell (1993). Developing the Leader Within You

Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville.

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


Objectives include (but are not limited to):

Course Objectives
To provide the student and pre-professional with a strong foundation in the understanding and application of leadership processes in leisure service management and delivery. The student will:

  1. Be able to identify the benefits and significance of recreation/leisure in society. (COAPRT 7.01b)
  2. Develop an understanding of organizational leadership theories, styles, and techniques. (COAPRT 7.01c)
  3. Develop the ability to organize and conduct recreation and leisure programs and services. (COAPRT 7.01b)
  4. Develop and improve the studentís ability to communicate with others through a variety of channels. (COAPRT 7.01b)
  5. Learn the role of recreation and about the agencies that provide opportunities for leisure and recreation in the community. (COAPRT 7.01a)
  6. Acquire a basic understanding of human psycho-social factors and their relationship to the effective leadership of groups and individuals. (COAPRT 7.01c)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will find comfort in a leadership role of a group of peers.
  2. The student will successfully plan and facilitate recreational activities in individual, partnership, and group roles.
  3. The student will correctly define leadership and be able to explain its nuances and contexts.
  4. The student will apply his or her knowledge of leadership in various roles outside the classroom, including volunteer and observer roles in parks and recreation organizations, programs, and events.
  5. The student will plan a quality recreation program and compile a list of activities to use as references after course completion.
  6. The student will gain a greater understanding of him or herself as an individual and leader of others in organized park and recreation programs.


This course consists of 19 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 to the course and explanation of the activity assignments Introduce Yourself! discussion board

Chapter 12 in Jordan: Leadership in Leisure Services

Written assignment, Quiz


Chapter 1 in Jordan: Leadership in Leisure Services

Written assignment, Journal, Quiz


Chapter 2 in Jordan: Leadership in Leisure Services

Written assignment, Quiz


Chapter 1 in Maxwell: Developing the Leader within You

Journal, Quiz

Chapters 2 and 9 in Maxwell: Developing the Leader within You
Journal, Quiz
Chapter 8 in Maxwell: Developing the Leader within You Written assignment, Quiz
Chapter 3 in Maxwell: Developing the Leader within You

Journal, Quiz

Activity File due!

Course Exam 1

Proctored exam covering lessons 1-7.

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

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Written assignment

Chapter 3 in Jordan: Leadership in Leisure Services

Written assignment, Quiz

Chapters 4-6 in Jordan: Leadership in Leisure Services
Written assignment, Quiz
Chapter 4 in Maxwell: Developing the Leader within You Written assignment, Quiz
Chapter 7 in Maxwell: Developing the Leader within You Journal, Quiz

Chapter 6 in Maxwell: Developing the Leader within You

Journal, Quiz

Activity Outline Due!

Course Exam 2

Proctored exam covering lessons 8-13.

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

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Chapter 13 in Jordan: Leadership in Leisure Services

Chapter 10 in Maxwell: Developing the Leader within You

Journal, Quiz


Chapter 5 in Maxwell: Developing the Leader within You

Chapters 7 and 8 in Jordan: Leadership in Leisure Services

Written assignment, Quiz
Chapter 11 in Jordan: Leadership in Leisure Services

Written assignment, Quiz

Chapter 9 in Jordan: Leadership in Leisure Services
Written assignment, Quiz
Chapter 10 in Jordan: Leadership in Leisure Services Written assignment, Quiz

Activity Leadership Due!

Final Exam

Weighted comprehensive: focuses on lesson 14-19 but has questions covering all lessons.

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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NOTE: After the quizzes have been graded, you can view the results by first accessing the quiz as you did before and then clicking the "OK" button in the bottom right corner when prompted. Or you can click your percent score in the My Grades area and follow the prompts.

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 leading a group, upload that video, and submit the link, so you'll need a recording device (camera, phone, tablet, etc) and a (free) youtube account.


Activity File ñ You will create an electronic file in Microsoft Word format containing a total of sixty (60) events with a minimum of ten items in each of the following categories:

Small Group Games
Large Group Games
Individual Games
Team-building Games
Group Oriented Skits, Fun Drama, and Fun Songs

Each event or activity must follow the format in the Rubric including full description of the event or activity, instructions, and equipment needed. You should paraphrase or rewrite the information from the game in your own words so it is easier to use when needed. The File should include a Table of Contents at the front using the six categories and an alphabetized index indicating the page numbers of each event or activity at the end. Games such as baseball, football, tennis, golf, soccer, basketball, volleyball, etc may not be included unless it is with a specific adaptation for special needs, novelty approach or increased participation. Please give appropriate citing for songs or skits that are copyrighted and cannot be changed into your own words. This file is due in lesson 7.

Activity Leadership Outline ñ You will create an outline of a thirty minute program utilizing songs, skits, and games from your Activity File according to a theme you choose. The outline should demonstrate the techniques discussed in class for successful transitions, team selection, instructions, etc. This outline is due in lesson 13.

Activity Leadership ñ For this assignment, you will submit a video showing you leading a group in a 20-minute experience using games, skits, and songs around a particular theme of the groupís choice. You may use events or activities found in your Activity File or others if desired. You will be graded on the components in activity leadership in the rubric, the variety of events utilized, and for involving the entire team in leadership. This activity is due in lesson 19.


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:

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