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  • Objectives
    Community Recreation and Leadership Training (CRLT) is a three-year program that will prepare students to work in the field of leisure and recreation. It focuses on teamwork, outdoor and environmental education, communication techniques, promotion and fundraising, group dynamics and program planning skills. The program offers a balanced approach to theory and practice, and students can field test their leadership skills in internships with organizations and institutions across Quebec. Dawson College is the only anglophone college in Quebec to offer the CRLT program. Among the skills you will acquire in the program are: * leadership techniques * analyzing the leisure needs of a particular group and developing an intervention plan * planning and implementing a program and overseeing its budget * evaluating the success of a program * leading small and large groups * organizing events * communication techniques
  • Practical experience
    Students apply and develop these skills through actual on-the-job fieldwork experience. At the end of three years, each student will have accumulated over 550 hours of work experience.
  • Academic Title
    Community Recreation Leadership Training Diploma
  • Course description
    Term 1
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs

    350-983-DW    Leisure Behaviour    2 - 1 - 1    45

    387-990-DW    Recreation and Society    2 - 1 - 1    45

    391-101-DW    Recreation Leadership 1    1 - 2 - 1    45

    Description:    This introductory course deals with the planning, developing and leading of recreation activities. Students participate in a wide range of sports, socio-cultural and outdoor activities. Leadership techniques are introduced.
     
    391-103-DW    Environmental Issues in Outdoor Recreation    0 - 3 - 1    45
    Description:    Students participate in outdoor workshops ranging in topic from canoeing, camping and cooperative games to creative expression and nature interpretation. Participants begin to identify the leadership and organizational skills needed to lead a workshop. Emphasis is placed on recognizing and assessing the environmental impact of an activity and the health and safety concerns related to outdoor programs.
     
    391-110-DW    Health and Safety    1 - 2 - 1    45
    Description:    Students perform basic first aid in a lab setting and learn how to deal with emergency situations, transportation of victims and be introduced to preventative health and safety measures in relation to program planning. Upon successfully completing the exams, a first aid certification will be issued.
     
    391-116-DW    Introduction to Leisure    2 - 1 - 2    45

    Description:    The objective of this course is to give the students an understanding of the role of recreation in society in general and the community in particular. The students discuss the role, function and tasks of a recreation leader. Life experience will be related to topics as the students analyze the profession
     
    391-121-DW    Techniques of Communication for the Recreation Professional    2 - 1 - 2    45

    Description:    This course focuses on interaction in the workplace. Students are introduced to communication theory and practice. Communication techniques, professional behaviour, presentations and written communication will be reviewed. Students identify the strengths and weaknesses of their own style of communication through the communication theories given and practical components of the course.
     
    General Education

    • 109-103-02    Health and Physical Education    1 - 1 - 1    30
    • 603-101-04    Introduction to College English    2 - 2 - 4    60

    Term 2
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    391-123-DW    Fieldwork 1    1 - 3 - 1    60

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Toni Taylor teaching section(s) 01
    Holly Bockus teaching section(s) 01
    David Nagels teaching section(s) 01
    Marc Hainaut teaching section(s) 01
    Chris Adam teaching section(s) 01
    Carole Courbet teaching section(s) 01
    Heather Martin teaching section(s) 01
    Simeon Pompey teaching section(s) 01
    Description:    The first of three field placements in the program, this course focuses on the actual planning and leading of recreation activities for an organization selected by the student and approved by faculty. Students will understand the responsibilities and professionalism needed when interacting in the workplace.
     
    391-201-DW    Creativity    1 - 2 - 1    45
    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Holly Bockus teaching section(s) 01 02
    Description:    Students examine the topic of creativity and its importance in recreational programming. Creative expression will be explored through various disciplines. Students participate in activities that help develop an appreciation for the creative process. The concepts learned in this course will be re-invested throughout the program.
     
    391-210-DW    Group Leadership : Theory and Practice 1    1 - 3 - 1    60

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Marc Hainaut teaching section(s) 01
    Chris Adam teaching section(s) 02
    Description:    The goal of this course is to aid the student in developing an understanding of how their behaviour affects a group and how it functions. This course also gives students the opportunity to actively participate in group experiences and apply leadership theory. Course content includes trust theory, group member roles, journal writing, feedback and listening with empathy.
     
    391-211-DW    Clientele : Consumer Needs    2 - 1 - 2    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Toni Taylor teaching section(s) 01
    Simeon Pompey teaching section(s) 02
    Description:    The objective of this course is to identify and distinguish the general characteristics of the various clientele of organized recreation and leisure, and also the agencies and institutions in which clientele of recreation and leisure exist and develop. Social and cultural trends within age groups are reviewed.
     
    401-990-DW    Business Administration in Recreation    2 - 1 - 2    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Helen Stavaris teaching section(s) 01 02

    General Education

    • 109-104-02    Physical Activity    0 - 2 - 1    30
    • 602-10_-03    French: Bloc A    2 - 1 - 3    45
    • 603-102-04    Literary Genres    2 - 2 - 3    60
    • COMP 1    Complementary         

    Term 3
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    387-991-DW    Research Methods for Recreation    1 - 2 - 1    45


    391-127-DW    Promotion of Recreation Services    2 - 1 - 2    45
    Description:    Students learn about the communication process within a recreation context. Students study various design theories and apply them to promotional tools, such as posters, bulletin boards and brochures. Students experience the practical applications of public relations.
     
    391-301-DW    Leadership of Recreation Activities    1 - 2 - 2    45
    Description:    This is a level 2 course dealing with the planning, organizing and leading of recreation activities. Students develop a repertoire of games, dances and songs for future use. Students lead activities to their peers as well as in an elementary school setting during the course of the semester.
     
    391-302-DW    Environmental Leadership Experience    1 - 2 - 1    45

    Description:    The goal of this course is to instil in students the importance of recreation leadership in relation to the natural environment and to be aware of the links between their local actions and larger environmental issues. Students organize and lead an outdoor environmental activity that models the values and techniques covered in the outdoor classroom.
     
    391-311-DW    Group Leadership : Theory and Practice 2    2 - 3 - 2    75

    Prerequisite:    391-210-DW - Group Leadership : Theory and Practice 1
    Description:    Prerequisite: 391-210-DW This course draws from the knowledge of previous leadership theory and practice and builds a further understanding of how working groups function. Students analyze group behaviour, focusing on problem-solving techniques and conflict resolution. Students choose a project to organize as a group, giving them an opportunity to practice their leadership and group building techniques (theories). Team meetings are highlighted and leadership in groups is practiced as students develop their group project.
     
    391-320-DW    Workplace Management    2 - 1 - 1    45

    Description:    The objective of this course is to demonstrate how to create and adapt workplace management tools. Organizational systems and the use of technology will be discussed. Students learn about risk management, workplace policies and staffing issues, and general work-related issues.
     
    General Education
    • 109-105-02    Active Living    1 - 1 - 1    30
    • 345-103-04    Knowledge    3 - 1 - 3    60
    • 603-103-04    Literary Themes    2 - 2 - 3    60

    Term 4
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    391-128-DW    Fieldwork 2    1 - 6 - 1    105

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Toni Taylor teaching section(s) 01
    Holly Bockus teaching section(s) 01
    David Nagels teaching section(s) 01
    Marc Hainaut teaching section(s) 01
    Carole Courbet teaching section(s) 01
    Heather Martin teaching section(s) 01
    Simeon Pompey teaching section(s) 01
    Description:    In this course, students further develop their abilities in creating, planning, organizing and leading recreation activities when working for a recreation agency. Students field test their knowledge of program development, administration and evaluation.

    391-184-DW    Organization and Management of Recreation Programs    1 - 2 - 2    45
    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Marc Hainaut teaching section(s) 01
    Heather Martin teaching section(s) 02
    Description:    Prerequisite: 391-310-DW Working by committee, students plan, implement and evaluate an outdoor education experience. Each student will have the opportunity to plan his or her own activity or camp position responsibilities. This planning work will be implemented during the following semester.
     
    391-401-DW    Program Design 1    2 - 1 - 2    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Chris Adam teaching section(s) 01
    Description:    The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the role and range of various recreational programs and services. Two major projects are undertaken where students develop goals, objectives and scheduling for a year-round recreation facility, and implement an environmental service project for the community.
     
    391-402-DW    Winter Outdoor Experience    1 - 2 - 1    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Holly Bockus teaching section(s) 01
    Marc Hainaut teaching section(s) 02
    Heather Martin teaching section(s) 02
    Description:    The aim of this intensive course is to familiarize students with the development and organization of winter recreation activities. Course content includes: health and safety risks, environmental impact of activities, winter games, activities, sports, winter ecology and nature interpretation.
     
    391-422-DW    Public Relations    1 - 2 - 1    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Holly Bockus teaching section(s) 01
    Description:    Prerequisite: 391-127-DW Students are introduced to the field of public relations within a recreation context. Building communication plans will be a major focus in the course. Press conferences, media kits and press releases will be part of the exploration.
     
    General Education

    • 345-102-03    World Views    3 - 0 - 3    45
    • 602-B__-03    French: Bloc B    2 - 1 - 3    45
    • 603-BXE-04    Applied Themes in English    2 - 2 - 2    60

    Term 5
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    391-502-DW    Program Design 2    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    The objective of this course is to provide students with knowledge of administrative structures, roles of staff, human resource recruitment, office maintenance, budgets and financial administration, evaluation and control measures needed when operating a recreation centre.
     
    391-514-DW    Project Management    2 - 1 - 1    45
    Description:    Prerequisite: 391-184-DW Students implement and evaluate an outdoor education intensive experience previously planned in the course Organization and Management of Recreation Programs. This course field-tests all of the skills needed to lead recreation activities and coordinate human resources.
     
    391-521-DW    Supervision of Human Resources    0 - 3 - 1    45
    Description:    This course focuses on the importance of supervisory roles and the management of people. Communication strategies, decision-making and clear lines of authority will be reviewed. Students practice supervisory skills as part of their Project Management course.
     
    391-523-DW    Entrepreneurship    2 - 1 - 2    45

    Description:    This course focuses on starting and managing a small business. Topics covered will include types of businesses, business plans, payroll, tax deductions, and general ledgers. Procedures in filing grant applications and securing sponsorships will also be covered.
     
    391-524-DW    Plan/Design and Maintenance of Recreational Facilities    2 - 1 - 2    45

    Description:    Students demonstrate management of material resources which will include purchase and rental of equipment for a recreation facility. Inventory systems and design features are examined in this course. An environmental audit of a facility is part of this course.
     
    391-525-DW    Principles of Fundraising    1 - 2 - 2    45

    Description:    Students will have the opportunity to carry out a fundraising activity. Emphasis will be put on setting clear goals and objectives, creating timelines, securing permits and locations, managing equipment and coordinating human resources, evaluating and report writing. Students will be asked to present results.
     
    General Education

    • 345-BXH-03    Applied Themes in Humanities    3 - 0 - 3    45
    • COMP 2    Complementary         

    Term 6
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    391-651-DW    Internship    1 - 30 - 1    465

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Toni Taylor teaching section(s) 01
    Holly Bockus teaching section(s) 01
    David Nagels teaching section(s) 01
    Marc Hainaut teaching section(s) 01
    Carole Courbet teaching section(s) 01
    Heather Martin teaching section(s) 01
    Description:    Prerequisite: 391-128-DW This is the final fieldwork placement which involves in a recreation agency. With the approval of faculty, students choose a recreation agency where they will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours necessary for the recreation profession. Students supervise a recreation project and lead activities for clients. The internship is a major component of the Comprehensive Assessment of the Community Recreation Leadership Training program.
     
    391-652-DW    Integrative Seminar    1 - 2 - 1    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Heather Martin teaching section(s) 01

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