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Recreation & Community Development (Year 1)

Program Start: 5 September 2017 - In Session
Location: Tisdale
Credit Granting Institution: Sask Polytech
Length: 31 weeks


Leadership, volunteerism, social awareness—these are characteristics shared by people working in recreation and community development. It’s a growth industry, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic's new Recreation and Community Development program will help turn your passion into a dynamic career.

Be a recreation director, manager of sport, recreation and culture, community development officer, facility manager or special events manager. Your skills are in demand in rural and urban communities.

Recreation and Community Development (formerly Recreation and Tourism Management) is a two-year diploma Saskatchewan Polytechnic program. Cumberland College is offering year 1 of the diploma program.   The comprehensive curriculum is relevant to real world trends, thanks to strong support from the industry.  You’ll learn:

  • event planning
  • communication and computer skills
  • community and economic development
  • environmental sustainability
  • management skills
  • leadership skills
  • legal aspects
  • camp practices

You’ll gain both industry-specific knowledge and core management skills.

The program provides a variety of opportunities for you to apply what you’ve learned in practical labs and projects, in work experiences and in volunteer opportunities. You’ll develop the professional skills you need to help build active, healthy, sustainable communities.


  • Grade 12 with a minimum of 60% in each of the following subjects: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, and Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or Foundations of Math 30 or a passing grade in Pre-Calculus 30*
  • English Language Requirement
Tuition: $3,750*
Books & Supplies: $1,850*
Student Fees: $75
Health & Dental Plan: $252*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


Year 2 of this Diploma Program will be located in Saskatoon at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Recreation and Community Development - Year 1 includes the following courses

Business and Technical Writing (COMM 295)

You will receive instruction and practice in written communication skills needed as a professional. You will review grammar and the mechanics of writing, study and practice research skills and technique, and produce examples of business and technical writing.


Equivalent Courses are BCOM 120 and COMM 262

Committees, Boards and Volunteer Management (MGMT 203)

You will explore issues and challenges related to working with boards and committees. You will prepare yourself to implement effective strategies to manage volunteers.

Computer Applications in Recreation (COAP 177)

You will study computer fundamentals designed to increase computer literacy and expose you to a range of technologies used in organizations. Emphasis will be placed on using spreadsheets and using publishing software to create charts and newsletters.

Diversity and Cultural Foundations (RT 202)

You will receive an introduction to the impact of cultural diversity in Saskatchewan and Canada. You will review the immigration process and the implications for recreation and community development. You will explore cultural values and the importance of understanding various cultures while working in recreation and leadership fields. Understanding Saskatchewan’s First Nations and Metis history and culture will be emphasized.

Environmental Sustainability (ENVR 151)

You will study ways to link ecological concerns to individual and community decision making. A key focus will be to work in a small group on issues related to sustainability. Options that recreation and community organizations could use to reduce environmental impact will be explored and strategies will be developed.


Equivalent Course is ENVR 145

Financial Accounting (ACCT 170)

You will learn how to apply accounting principles for non-profit organizations and service industries. The bookkeeping cycle (journal, ledger, trial balance and financial statements) for a service firm will be emphasized.


Equivalent Courses are ACCT 122, ACCT 191, BKPG 180

Inclusive Leisure (RT 186)

You will focus on defining the concept of inclusive leisure as the norm for the delivery of leisure services embracing the diversity of all people, including persons with physical, cognitive and sensory limitations or disabilities. The exploration of attitudes, benefits, barriers and adaptations will emphasize the importance of inclusive leisure services to societal wellness.


Equivalent Course is THRC 182

Interpersonal Communications (COM 113)

You will acquire knowledge and practice in interpersonal communications, focusing on effective verbal and non-verbal communication, listening and responding skills, giving and receiving constructive feedback and problem solving. You will apply these techniques to the delivery of effective oral presentations. You will examine the demonstration of a professional image through your interpersonal, presentation and social media communications.

Introduction to Marketing (MKTG 170)

You will focus on the role, concepts and principles of marketing in a competitive environment. You will learn the importance of developing a marketing plan that includes a satisfactory marketing mix (product, price, place and promotion). You will understand the role of a marketer with respect to assessing customer needs.


Equivalent Course is MKTG 120

Introduction to Microeconomics (RT 191)

You will become familiar with how consumption and production decisions are made in a market economy. You will study the applications of supply and demand analysis, the theory of consumer behaviour and the impact of government regulations and intervention on market performance. You will study the basic theory of the firm under perfect competition, monopoly and monopolistic competition and the principles of


Equivalent Course is ECON 120

Introduction to Recreation and Community Development (RT 170)

You will examine various fields of recreation and review significant organizations to help you understand the diversity of employment opportunities that exist in industry. You will focus on understanding philosophies and benefits associated with recreation. You will study an overview of knowledge, skills and abilities that the recreation and community development based industries require.


Equivalent Course is REC 286

Introductory Psychology (PSYC 184)

You will be provided with an introduction to the field of psychology. The course is structured to provide you with an increased awareness of human behavior. Included in the course is a general introduction to psychology including theories of learning, cognition, and motivation.


Equivalent Course is PSYC 188

Leadership and Group Dynamics (LEAD 180)

You will be introduced to the concepts of leadership and group dynamics. You will be introduced to the theory of leadership, ethics and professionalism. The course will focus on group processes and their practical application including the collaborative process, conducting meetings, and leading discussion groups and decision making.

Managerial Accounting (ACCT 200)

You will focus on the accounting cycle for municipal organizations and/or a not-for-profit. This includes some financial analysis, budgeting for operating revenues and expenses. Reading income statements and analyzing balance sheets will be emphasized.


ACCT 170


Equivalent Course is BKPG 181

Program Planning 1 (RT 185)

You will focus on strategies used to plan and deliver leisure services in communities. You will receive a comprehensive overview of community planning and strategic development.

Program Planning 2 (RT 187)

Building on the theory studied in Program Planning 1, you will be given the opportunity to apply a social planning model in an actual situation. You will take the Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC) Service Best program as a means of the skill development in effective customer relations.


RT 185


Equivalent Course is TOUR 140

Research Literacy (RSCH 200)

You will be introduced to basic research and its relationship to operational decision making. You will review data collection, types of research, pose simple research questions and design surveys.


Equivalent Course is THRC 188

Sociology (SOCI 170)

You will be introduced to the field of sociology. The focus will be on patterns of social behavior and the relation of the individual to society. The social forces influencing behavior will also be examined. Topics include socialization, culture, family, deviance, economics, social change, population, and sociological perspectives.


Equivalent Course is SOCI 282