PRM Course Descriptions

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PRM 101 Wilderness Welcome (1). Get into the wild and university life. Outdoor Adventures has welcomed first-year students to NAU with an adventure designed to connect students to each other and the pristine wilderness in our "backyard."  Meet other adventurous first-year students, be a part of a memorable wilderness trip, and make a bold start to your university experience.  During the trip, we'll securely store your room gear and after the trip, we'll help you move-in!  Each program is led by a professional outdoor educator, with the support of outstanding student-leaders whose goal is to help make your transition to NAU smooth and fun.

PRM 102 Swift Water Rescue Training (2). This class is designed to develop swift water rescue skills, equipment use, and safety practices associated with running white water. Basic river skills are a prerequisite to participate in this course. The emphasis of the class is on identifying hazards and on rescue of both of oneself and others in a moving water scenario. Students will have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized Swift Water Rescue Certification.

PRM 200 Professional Development (1). Course promotes student participation and involvement in professional development by attending professional conferences. Fall

PRM 202 Basic Caving (1). Technical skills, appropriate curricula, and practices in safe cave travel. Fall & Spring.

PRM 203 Introduction to Whitewater Rafting (1). This course is experientially based, and will provide opportunities for skill, technique, and leadership development in whitewater rafting. Emphasis will be placed on technical skill development and environmental ethics related to water based recreation activities. Emphasis is on skill development. Spring or Summer.

PRM 204 Wilderness First Aid (1).  The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is designed to train people to cope with basic wilderness hazards and medical emergencies and is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast who wants a more wilderness specific approach to first aid. 

PRM 205 Happiness (AHI Liberal Study) (3). This course will investigate the contemporary concepts of “happiness,” from a multi-disciplinary approach. The course will focus on applying happiness and mindfulness concepts to individual outcomes.

PRM 209 Introduction to Backpacking (1). Technical skills, equipment use and selection, navigation techniques  and current practices in backpacking.

PRM 210 Introduction to Kayaking . This course will introduce students to basic kayaking skills and equipment. Fall, Spring and/or Summer

PRM 211 Leave No Trace (1). Technical skills, appropriate curricula and practices for minimum impact camping and exploration of wilderness ethics.

PRM 212 Basic Safety Systems (1). Technical skills related to setting protection for ascending and descending in canyon environments. Focus is on knots, anchors, and ascending/descending techniques. Fall, Spring

PRM 213 Introduction to Mountain Biking (1). An experientially-based course in the basic principles of mountain biking theory and practice including safety, technical skills, and trail etiquette and protection.  Emphasis will be placed on development of skills and proper application.

PRM 214 Challenge Course Facilitator (2). This course provides the theory and experiential learning required to facilitate the processes used in adventure-based programs to enhance challenge, growth, and discovery. Course may lead to Challenge Course Facilitator certificate.

PRM 215 Professional Debriefing Workshop (1). Course will meet in the evening prior the first day for the purpose of introductions to the material, and will be conducted the following day in an outdoor setting, one day on the NAU Challenge Course, and will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and activity/debrief experiences.  These experiences will provide students with the opportunity to apply material learned in lecture/discussion and to witness/experience the benefits of the practical application of this material in a group setting.

PRM 216 Wilderness First Responder (3). This is an 80 hour national curriculum which leads to a 3-year certification as a Wilderness First responder. Specific skills and techniques for outdoor emergencies in backcountry and remote settings. Fall, Spring, Summer

PRM 218 Outdoor Survival Skills (1). Technical skills, appropriate curricula, and practices in outdoor survival.

PRM 219 Primitive Living Skills (1). Technical skills, appropriate curricula, and practices in primitive living skills.

PRM 220 Introduction to Parks and Recreation (3). History, philosophy, scope, and value of park and recreation services, their organization and relationship to other social institutions. Fall, Spring, Summer.

PRM 221 Introduction to Orienteering (1). Map and compass skills, appropriate curricula, and practices in land navigation.

PRM 222 Search and Rescue (SAR) Technician II & III (2). This class combines the Introduction to Search and Rescue and the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue Course to provide the student with the knowledge to challenge the SARTECH II Certification, according the knowledge objectives defined in the NASAR Standards for SARTECH II and receive a national certification.  Information covered includes: general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who would be participating in a search and rescue mission.

PRM 223 Technical Rescue (1). The Technical Rescue course will provide the student with basic introduction to technical rope rescue in a low to high angle environment.  Students will be instructed in rescue operations, incident management, safety factors & forces, rescue grammar & physics, systems analysis, and the use of rescue equipment, i.e. static ropes, webbing, carabineers, pulleys, rappel racks, ascenders, helmets and harnesses.

PRM 224 Introduction to Tracking (1). This hands-on field course focuses on both animal and people tracking for students wishing to gain a holistic understanding of the ancient art of tracking. Combining lecture, fieldwork, and group activities, students will learn track identification, reading the stories in tracks, aging and measuring methods, scat and field signs, along with stalking and awareness activities. Everyone will also walk away with plaster casts of various animal tracks.

PRM 225 Avalanche Safety Level I (2). A student that successfully completes this course should be able to: identify avalanche terrain; identify basic grain types, weak layers and strong layers; perform field tests to determine snow pack stability/instability; recognize weather and terrain factors contributing to instability; perform rescue through fast and efficient transceiver use; and apply safe-travel techniques.

PRM 230 Introduction to Park Management (3). This course introduces students to the basic principles of park management, resource protection, and visitor management. Emphasis will be placed on park management strategies that are implemented for the protection of resources, visitor management, and visitor education. TBA

PRM 252 Recreation Leadership and Supervision (3). Principles and techniques for effective leadership in the organization and operation of recreational activities. Fall, Spring & Summer

PRM 275 Program Planning (3). Course introduces students to program development processes and computer applications in leisure services. Emphasis is on creating and implementing opportunities for positive leisure experiences. Fall & Spring.

PRM 280 Camp Counseling (3). Purposes, standards, and trends in camping: counseling skills, problems of group outdoor living, program planning and general camp management. Fee required. Spring. 

PRM 300 Ecotourism (CU Liberal Study & Global Diversity) (3). Course will introduce students to the history, concepts, principles, marketing, planning and management of ecotourism activities and development. Winter & Summer

PRM 308 Practicum in Parks and Recreation Management (3). Practical application of classroom principles in a professional setting before the internship experience. Should be taken during the second year. Fall (distance students only) & Summer (all students). 

PRM 310 Park Protection I (4). Course provides detailed instruction on the fundamentals of park law enforcement. The course includes: federal and state policy for park and refuge officers; legal aspects of park and recreation area law enforcement; detention and arrest; search and seizure; and interpersonal skills. The course is the first part of a two-semester sequence. Upon successful completion of both courses, students receive a seasonal law enforcement certificate of completion that is recognized by the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and various state parks. Fee required. Fall & Spring.  

PRM 311 Park Protection II (4). Course provides detailed instruction on the fundamentals of park law enforcement. The course includes: law enforcement techniques, criminal investigation, photography, report procedures, courtroom testimony and procedures, drug enforcement, firearms, and ranger skills. The course is the second part of a two-semester sequence. Upon successful completion of both courses, students receive a seasonal law enforcement certificate of completion that is recognized by the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and various state parks. Fee required. Fall & Spring.  

PRM 325 Special Event Planning (3). The course introduces the students to special event planning processes and techniques. Emphasis is on creating, organizing, identifying sponsors, marketing and implementing large community events. Spring (campus students) & odd numbered years (distance students only)

PRM 326 Inclusive Recreation (3). Methods and techniques that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities into recreation programs and facilities. Fall, Spring & Summer. 

PRM 331 Outdoor Leadership Certification I (3). First of two courses required t train outdoor leaders who may then earn a Certificate of Outdoor Leadership through NAU. Outdoor leadership theories, techniques, and outdoor pursuit administration. Includes six days of fieldwork. Letter grade only. Course fee required.

PRM 346W Wildland Recreation Management (3). Overview of wildland recreation management principles, practices, and current issues. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. Fall, Spring & Summer. 

PRM 350 Cultural Recreation (CU Liberal Study) (3). This course offers an introduction to culture based differences in values and expectations related to recreation and leisure experiences in the United States. Fall.

PRM 352 Experiential Process in Outdoor Recreation (3). Description of experiential processes, design for experiential recreational activities, process assessment, and field practices. Spring

PRM 360 Interpretation for Parks and Recreation (3). Theory, techniques, and applications of oral and written interpretation for parks and recreation management. Fall, Spring & Summer

PRM 383 Community and Commercial Recreation (3). Overview of recreation service delivery systems in the local public and private sectors with emphasis on intersectoral differences. Fall & Spring.

PRM 401 Natural Resources Protection (3). This course introduces Federal regulations which provide protection of America’s natural resources.  Evolution and applicability of environmental laws regulating consumptive and non-consumptive uses of plants, wildlife and fish are discussed. Fall & Spring.

PRM 408 Internship In Parks and Recreation Management (12). A directed, full-time, professional work experience in a qualified parks and recreation management agency. This course is taken during the last semester before graduation. Fee required. All semesters.

PRM 411 Leave-No-Trace Master Educator Certification (3). This course is to meet all established national curriculum standards for LNT Master Educator Certification. Students will learn to teach minimum impact outdoor ethics and upon successful completion, be able to lead Leave-No-Trace Trainer courses and Awareness Workshops. The course will include a required four night backpacking trip in a wilderness setting. Fall & Spring

PRM 423 Recreation Facility and Area Planning (3). Planning, design, and operation of recreation facilities and adjoining areas. On-site visits Supplement classroom principles. Fall. 

PRM 426 Parks and Recreation Administration and Finance (3). Theories, concepts, and practices of administration as they relate to the delivery of leisure services. Fall & Spring 

PRM 431 Outdoor Leadership Certification II (3). The second of a two-course series to train outdoor leaders who may then be certified through the Wilderness Education Association. Advanced outdoor pursuit planning and administration. Includes fourteen days of fieldwork. Spring

PRM 432 Introduction to Multi-day River Expedition Leadership (3). This course is designed to introduce the theories and techniques used in conducting a safe and professional multiple day river expedition on rivers typical of the Western U.S. The course is also structured to expand the PRM students’ knowledge in outdoor leadership through a river context. The primary purpose of this course is to train students in boat handling skills, and the logistics, safety and leadership requirements encountered when conducting a multi-day river experience. During both in class lecture and field experience, students will be introduced to concepts of trip planning and logistics, proper equipment selection and maintenance, safe travel while on the river, emergency planning and procedures, group dynamics, theories of outdoor leadership and appropriate group conduct. Federal, state and local governing agency policies will be presented including licensing and relevant certifications. Spring

PRM 446  Protected Area Management (3). The purpose of this course is to explore the concepts of protected area management in the United States and internationally (such as wilderness areas, areas of critical environmental concern, research natural areas, and other areas managed or designated for wilderness/wild characteristics) as a physical PLACE (the image), as a legal and legislative PROCESS in the country’s culture, and as a resource to both manage and PROTECT (the reality of designation, use, and management). 

PRM 447 Research and Evaluation in Parks and Recreation Management (3). Empirical research methods used in leisure service delivery programs; how to chose and apply selective research methods and software packages; design, collection and analysis of information; program evaluation; reporting results; interpreting research literature. Prerequisite: STA 270. Spring & Summer

PRM 452 Outdoor Recreation Program Administration (3). Course will focus on management issues and techniques of outdoor programs. Spring

PRM 460 Advanced Interpretive Studio (3). Focus is on individual application of planning and design method to produce an interpretive product for a resource management agency. Prerequisite: PRM 360 and Junior Standing. TBA

PRM 497  Independent Study (variable credit). Offers students opportunities for individualized study and/or research with faculty supervision. Fall, Spring & Summer

PRM 498C Senior Seminar (3). A capstone course integrates coursework through focus on contemporary issues and problems. Prerequisite: Senior status. Fall & Spring. 

PRM 531 Recreation Ecology and Physical Impact Analysis (3). The purpose of this course is to explore the topic of recreation ecology and physical impact analysis related to recreation in wildland environments. The ultimate goal is to learn how managers might create sustainable wildland recreation environments.

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