SRA 410 Senior Seminar: Professional Development

SRA 410 IS Sec 1, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

David Waddell

Instructor name:
David Waddell

David has taught at Ole Miss since 2006, following a twenty-five-year career leading recreation programs for churches and retirement communities.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

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

Course Description

This is a 16-lesson independent study course on the topic of career paths and professional development in recreation, parks, sport management, hospitality, and tourism.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Bring together the knowledge of various career paths.
  2. Understand how pieces of information within the leisure services knowledge base are interrelated.
  3. Understand and analyze core concepts and foundations in leisure services.
  4. Examine issues faced in the profession.
  5. Apply knowledge gained about the profession to real-life situations. 

Course Outline:

This course consists of 16 instructional modules (or lessons).

You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance. *  NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page

Lesson Reading Assignments Due for Grades Suggested Pacing Guide
(if you want to complete the course in a traditional semester)
Start Here *You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page. Syllabus Quiz Week 1
0 Course Introduction/Resources Discussion board, Respondus Download, and Sample Respondus Exam Week 1
1 Chapter 1: Recreation and Leisure in North American Life Quiz
Week 1
2 Chapter 2: Understanding Careers in Recreation, Parks, Sport Management, Hospitality, and Tourism  Assignment, Quiz Week 2
3 Chapter 3: Basic Leisure Frameworks and Theories Assignment Week 3
4 Chapter 4: Community Recreation and Leisure Services  Quiz Week 4
5 Chapter 5: Recreation in Nonprofit Organizations  Quiz Week 5
6 Chapter 6: Armed Forces Recreation  Quiz, Major Project 1 Week 6
7 Chapter 7: Outdoor Recreation Assignment, Quiz, Resume and Cover Letter Week 7
Mid Term Exam All assignments that come before the exam must be submitted. Mid Term Exam
to be completed before proceeding 
Week 8
MIDPOINT OF COURSE You are encouraged to reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information. All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course The exact date the semester students are encouraged to reach the midpoint is specified in their registration information.
8 Chapter 8: Recreational Therapy (Therapeutic Recreation) Quiz Week 8
9 Chapter 9: Campus Recreation, Leisure, and Intramurals  Quiz Week 9
10 Chapter 10: Sport Management and Sport Teams  Assignment, Quiz Week 10
11 Chapter 11: Event Planning and Management  Quiz Week 11
12 Chapter 12: The Hospitality Industry  Quiz Week 12
13 Chapter 13: Travel and Tourism  Assignment, Quiz Week 13
14 Chapter 14: Commercial Recreation and Leisure Businesses  Quiz Week 14
15 Chapter 15: Preparing for a Career in Recreation & Chapter 16: Forces Shaping the Future  Assignment, Quiz, Major Project 2, Conference or Practicum Option Week 15
Final Exam Be sure all work has been submitted prior to taking this exam. Final Exam
To be submitted
to finalize credit
Week 16


Grading Scale:
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

All submitted items will be read and given a numerical grade based on the total possible.

The grading format is as follows:
Quizzes and Assignments 250
Midterm Exam 100
Historical Figures Report 100
Resume/Cover Letter 50
Networking Assignment 200
Conference or Practicum 200
Final Exam 100
Total Points 1000


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.