SRA 425 Design and Maintenance of Facilities

SRA 425 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.

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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

Course Description

This is a 14-lesson independent study course on the topic of maintenance and design of sport and recreation facilities.

Textbook Information:

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

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Assess and evaluate the design of areas and facilities to determine if they meet current standards for persons with special needs and disabilities.
  2. Assess the social, environmental, and physical impacts to determine suitability for developing recreational areas and facilities.
  3. Learn about basic planning models and principles and how they relate to developing and constructing recreational areas/facilities.  
  4. Attain knowledge of the location, environmental issues, populations to be served, programs to be housed, and the fiscal and political implications of specific sites and settings. 
  5. Become aware of functional design principles to maximize participation while maintaining a sound environment. 
  6. Understand the essential operation and maintenance principles and procedures related to the operation of a recreation area/facility. 
  7. Understand and comprehend principles and procedures for evaluating the appropriateness and functionality of a recreation area/facility. 
  8. Understand safety, emergency, and risk management principles related to planning and programming recreation areas and facilities.
  9. Gain practical experiences through fieldwork: evaluation of off-campus facilities.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 14 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 Study Topics and 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, Respondus Monitor Information, and Project Information Discussion Board Week 1
1 Design Errors and Developmental Stages  Building Boo Boos Assignment 
Week 2
2 Design Principles and Master Plan Creation  Design Principles and Master Plan Development Assignments  Week 3
3 Funding, Construction, and Equipment Purchase  Bid Process Assignment  Week 4
4 Accessible Design, Signage, and Specifics for Particular Areas  Career Path Assignment  Week 5
5 Wish Book and Risk Management  Risk Management Quiz  Week 6
6 Design and Maintenance Trends  Master Plan Due  Week 7
7 Design Review  Design Review Assignment Week 8
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 Facility Management    Week 9
9 Operations Part I  Wish Book Due Week 10
10 Operations Part II   Week 11, 12
11 Electrical, Mechanical, and Energy Management   Week 13
12 Facility Maintenance and Management   Week 14
13 Site Visit Report and PowerPoint Presentation Video Due Site Visit Report and PowerPoint Presentation Video  Due Week 15
14 2D Drawing and 3D Model Due  2D Drawing and 3D Model Due 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

Each lesson submitted will be read and given a numerical grade. If you make below a 60 on 5 lessons you will fail the course.

As for your Midterm and Final exam, you will be graded using a letter scale of A, B, C, D, F.

The grading format is as follows:
Master Plan Assignmen 200
Wish Book 200
Evaluation projects (Tour & Photo) 200
2D/3D assignment 100
Lesson Assignment and Quizzes 100
Midterm Exam 100
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.