RECR 211

Course Syllabus

RECR 211: Leadership of Leisure Studies

3 credit hours



Jennifer Livengood, Ph.D.

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Course Prerequisites:


Required Texts/Materials:

Course Website and Tools:

You must have access to Sakai, Shepherd email, and the course website to be successful in this course.

Course Description:

This course will provide students with the foundations of recreation leadership and group interaction. The course will cover theories, techniques, styles, and communication. Experiential activities will allow a better understanding of the concepts of leadership and group dynamics in a recreation setting.

Course Format:

RECR 211 is online and is asynchronous. There are no required meeting times nor will we meet in a physical location on campus. Assignments will have specific due dates.

Course Objectives

Recreation and Leisure Studies Program Learning Outcomes

LEAP Goals:

Students in this course will be assessed on their ability to:

LEAP Goal No. 3: Personal and Social Responsibility

Learning Outcomes:
Students in this course will be assessed on their ability to:

Grading Scale

Course Assignments

All assignments and quizzes are evaluated out of 100 points. The percentage counted toward your final grade is listed in the title of the assignments below.

Quizzes (30%)

There will be four quizzes throughout this term. Each quiz will be open for a week and you can use the course materials and any notes you may have taken. The material covered will include information from the weekly course modules, readings listed in the course module, external links, interactive activities, and other material presented in this course. The quizzes will be available on Sakai.

Introduce Yourself Form (5%)

This is a quick Google Form that helps me learn more about you and ideas you have about leadership. I will take this information into consideration when developing the course modules and selecting readings throughout this course.

Personality Inventory (5%)

You will be taking a personality quiz that is based upon the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The results of the personality quiz discuss how your personality shapes your leadership style and how you fit into your workplace. You will use the results of this Inventory to complete the next assignment: Personal Leadership Style Paper. Additionally, this information will be used in your final project.

Personal Leadership Style Paper (10%)

You will use the results of your personality inventory, assigned course readings, and course module information to write a paper about your personal leadership style. This information will be used in your final project.

Organizational Leadership Assessment and Reflection (10%)

You will complete an online inventory about your leadership style. You will use the results of the inventory to draft a reflection paper about yourself as a leader and how it impacts an organization where you currently work or one that you desire to work for in the future. This information will be used in your final project.

Agency Contact Form and Agency Interview and Observation (20%)

You will be reaching out to a local recreation, leisure, or sports organization to interview a person in a leadership position. This can be an individual OR a group project. No more than four students can be in a group. Additionally, you will be required to observe an event, program, or other similar organized group within this organization and reflect upon specific objectives that are outlined in the assignment. The final part of the assignment is to discuss how you believe your personal leadership style and organizational leadership style (previous assignments) would work within this organization.

Final Project: Personal Leadership Portfolio (20%)

You will combine the major projects you have completed in this course to develop a personalized leadership portfolio. Additionally, you will complete a final set of questions and reflections to tie together the items in your portfolio.


Introduce Yourself Form
Personality Inventory
Personal Leadership Style Paper
Organizational Leadership Assessment and Reflection
Agency Contact Form
Agency Interview and Observation
Final Project: Personal Leadership Portfolio
Quiz 1
Quiz 2
Quiz 3
Quiz 4


Course Topic Schedule

Getting started with RECR 211
Understanding yourself as a leader, part I
Understanding yourself as a leader, part II
Current issues and trends in leadership
Leadership theories
Psychology of leadership; Leadership and human development
Professional communication
Working with people and managing conflict, part I
Working with people and managing conflict, part II
Group dynamics and meetings
Inclusion and diversity
Ethical leadership practice
Evaluating people
Leadership, influence, and motivation, part I
Leadership, influence, and motivation, part II
Final Exam Week

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Late Assignments

Assignment Guidelines:

Plagiarism & Referencing:

When should you reference materials in your paper?

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use

Modification of syllabus:

The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus throughout the semester.