This unit (SSM2104) provides an overview of recreation program planning, development and implementation. It seeks to encourage and support the development of a personal programming philosophy based on an appreciation of the scope of recreation programming and recreation benefits. Recreation programs are one of the key mechanisms for consumers to experience a variety of recreation services. The unit aims to provide students with the knowledge and information to develop, plan, document and deliver recreation programs to different client groups. This unit is an essential second-year unit that sets the framework for recreation professionals to gain the skills to organise and deliver recreation services.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply Program Development Cycle to contemporary recreation programs;  
  2. Conduct a needs assessment for a range of given recreation programs;  
  3. Implement and evaluate a recreation program; and  
  4. Critically analyse the basic social and psychological concepts inherent in leisure programs and what people respond to.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Report and presentation of recreation visit 20%
Project Program activities - action plan 10%
Other Program plan for recreation activity 30%
Test Quiz - 2 progressive assessments (20% each) 40%

Required reading

Recreation programming: Designing and Staging Leisure Experiences, 7th ed,
Rossman, J R. & Schlatter, B. 2017
Sagamore: Champaign, Illinois.

Please note: The 5th & 6th edition of the Rossman/Schlatter text are also suitable.

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