Students receive a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, deliver, evaluate, and administer programs and services aimed towards enhancing the quality of life and well-being of individuals, communities, and environments. They are ideally suited to assist with employer initiatives in a variety of recreation fields including administration, leadership, and management in: commercial, public and not-for-profit recreation and leisure services, health promotion, community development, outdoor recreation, and therapeutic recreation. Required courses include:
Work assignments vary from unstructured situations where students work toward objectives and deadlines, to positions with tasks and procedures that are well defined. Co-operative Education Co-ordinators can advise in structuring work terms and job descriptions to meet both student and employer needs. Employers are encouraged to challenge students in order to optimize both learning and employer benefits.
To develop further skills in time and project management as well as communications, students are required to complete a work report that is evaluated by the university. While the report generally comprises a project selected by the student and approved by the employer, the employer may also assign the topic. It usually involved analysis of a practical work related issue. The use of employer facilities and allocation of time to the student for the report is at the discretion of the employer. Specific steps can be taken to protect confidentiality where required.