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January 11th - March 2nd

Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation

PRM 447 Research & Evaluation in PRM

Term/Year: Fall & Spring

Credit: 3

Course Prerequisites: STA 270 Applied Statistics

Mode of Instruction: Online & Blended

Instructor: Charles Hammersley, Ph.D.

Office: SBS West, Building 70, Room 250

Instructor's Contact Information: Parks and Recreation Management Program, PO Box 15016, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5018


Phone: (928) 523-6655

Instructor's Availability: Usually, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (other hours available by appointment). I try to reply to all emails within 24 hours.

Course Purpose: The PRM 447 Research & Evaluation in PRM course is a required course in the Parks & Recreation Management Program. The course will present a variety of learning opportunities directly related to identifying and defining basic "research and evaluation" concepts and applied research and evaluation assignments meant to deepen a student's ability to read, evaluate and apply basic research concepts to the parks and recreation management profession.

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Course Student Learning Outcomes


Ability to analyze programs, services, and resources in relationship to participation requirements.

bullet Describe the procedures and techniques for assessment of leisure needs.
bullet Discuss the purpose, basic procedures and interpretation, and application of research and evaluation methodology related to leisure services.
bullet Ability to apply computer and statistical techniques to assessment, planning and evaluation processes.
bullet Develop principals and procedures for evaluation of leisure programs and services.
bullet Ability to formulate, plan for implementation, and evaluate to which goals and objectives for the leisure services and for groups and individuals within the service have been met.

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Assignments/Assessments of Course Student Learning Outcomes

The following assessment methods will be used to evaluate a students comprehension of the course learning outcomes.

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Grading System

Research Proposal 45%
Assignments (5) 25%
Tests (3 @ 10% each) 30%
Total points 100%

Extra Credit: Completing the Extra Credit option is worth 5 points added to your final grade.

Grading Policies:

To Calculate your Grade:

1) Add the three test grades; then divide that number by 3; then multiply that number by .3;

2) Add the five assignment grades; then divide that number by 5; then multiply that number by .25;

3) Multiply the Research Project grade by .45;

4) Add the numbers from step 1, step 2 and step 3 to get your numerical grade.

5) See the information below (Grading Basis) for converting your numerical grade to a letter grade.

Grading Basis: Grades will be assigned as:

90 – 100 = A; 80 – 89 = B; 70 – 79 = C; 60 – 69 = D; less than 59 = F

Important Note: Any breech of the NAU Academic Dishonesty Policy (See Student handbook) will result in the offending student receiving an "F" in the course.

Important Note: No assignments or tests will be accepted after their due dates. All assignments and tests must be submitted by midnight on their due date.

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Reading Materials

Required Text:

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Henderson, K. A., Bialeschki, M. D., & Browne, L. P. (2017). Evaluating Recreation Services: Making Enlightened Decisions (4th Ed). State College, PA; Venture Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-57167-847-8

Suggested Reference Text:

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). (2020). American Psychological Association.

ISBN: 978-1-4338-3216-1 (pbk)

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Course Schedule

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Syllabus Policy Statements

COVID-19 Requirements and Information

The following statements in red set forth in this document’s first section are specific to NAU’s response to the COVID-19 situation. The requirements outlined below are mandatory until further notice. They are based upon current public health conditions and guidance and may change as circumstances warrant or new information becomes available. Additional information about the University’s response to COVID-19 is available from the Jacks are Back! web page located at

Appropriate face masks or other suitable face coverings must be worn by all individuals when present in classrooms, laboratories, studios, and other dedicated educational spaces. To maximize the benefits of physical distancing as an important strategy to help reduce community transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, instructors may implement mandatory student seating arrangements or specific seat assignments. Instructors may remove students who do not cooperate with these requirements from the instructional space in the absence of an approved accommodation arranged through Disability Resources. Failing to comply with these requirements may constitute a violation of the university’s Disruptive Behavior in an Instructional Setting policy available at

NAUFlex (available at is designed to help all students actively participate in their coursework during the required day and time of a course when they are not physically present in the classroom. This course design model allows students to be fully engaged with faculty and peers and receive the high-quality educational experience for which NAU is known.

Certain class sessions may be audio or video recorded to help reinforce live instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. These recordings are for the sole use of the instructor and students enrolled in the course.  Recordings will be stored in approved, accessible repositories. By enrolling, students agree to have their image and classroom statements recorded for this purpose, to respect the privacy of their fellow students, and university-owned intellectual property (including, but not limited to, all course materials) by not sharing recordings from their courses. Questions regarding restrictions on the use of classroom audio or video recordings may be addressed to the appropriate academic unit administrator.

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NAU expects every student to firmly adhere to a strong ethical code of academic integrity in all their scholarly pursuits. The primary attributes of academic integrity are honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, and responsibility. As a student, you are expected to submit original work while giving proper credit to other people’s ideas or contributions. Acting with academic integrity means completing your assignments independently while truthfully acknowledging all sources of information, or collaboration with others when appropriate. When you submit your work, you are implicitly declaring that the work is your own. Academic integrity is expected not only during formal coursework, but in all your relationships or interactions that are connected to the educational enterprise. All forms of academic deceit such as plagiarism, cheating, collusion, falsification or fabrication of results or records, permitting your work to be submitted by another, or inappropriately recycling your own work from one class to another, constitute academic misconduct that may result in serious disciplinary consequences. All students and faculty members are responsible for reporting suspected instances of academic misconduct. All students are encouraged to complete NAU’s online academic integrity workshop available in the E-Learning Center and should review the full Academic Integrity policy available at

Pursuant to Arizona Board of Regents guidance (ABOR Policy 2-224 – Academic Credit), for every unit of credit, a student should expect, on average, to do a minimum of three hours of work per week, including but not limited to class time, preparation, homework, and studying.

Membership in NAU’s academic community entails a special obligation to maintain class environments that are conductive to learning, whether instruction is taking place in the classroom, a laboratory or clinical setting, during course-related fieldwork, or online. Students have the obligation to engage in the educational process in a manner that does not interfere with normal class activities or violate the rights of others. Instructors have the authority and responsibility to address disruptive behavior that interferes with student learning, which can include the involuntary withdrawal of a student from a course with a grade of “W”. For additional information, see NAU’s Disruptive Behavior in an Instructional Setting policy at


NAU prohibits discrimination and harassment based on sex, gender, gender identity, race, color, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Due to potentially unethical consequences, certain consensual amorous or sexual relationships between faculty and students are also prohibited. The Equity and Access Office (EAO) responds to complaints regarding discrimination and harassment that fall under NAU’s Safe Working and Learning Environment (SWALE) policy. EAO also assists with religious accommodations. For additional information about SWALE or to file a complaint, contact EAO located in Old Main (building 10), Room 113, PO Box 4083, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, or by phone at 928-523-3312 (TTY: 928-523-1006), fax at 928-523-9977, email at, or via the EAO website at

Title IX is the primary federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in educational programs or activities. Sex discrimination for this purpose includes sexual harassment, sexual assault or relationship violence, and stalking (including cyber-stalking). Title IX requires that universities appoint a “Title IX Coordinator” to monitor the institution’s compliance with this important civil rights law. NAU’s Title IX Coordinator is Pamela Heinonen, Director of the Equity and Access Office located in Old Main (building 10), Room 113, PO Box 4083, Flagstaff, AZ 86011. The Title IX Coordinator is available to meet with any student to discuss any Title IX issue or concern. You may contact the Title IX Coordinator by phone at 928-523-3312 (TTY: 928-523-1006), by fax at 928-523-9977, or by email at In furtherance of its Title IX obligations, NAU will promptly investigate and equitably resolve all reports of sex or gender-based discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct and will eliminate any hostile environment as defined by law. Additional important information about Title IX and related student resources, including how to request immediate help or confidential support following an act of sexual violence, is available at

Professional disability specialists are available at Disability Resources to facilitate a range of academic support services and accommodations for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability, you can request assistance by contacting Disability Resources at 928-523-8773 (voice), 928-523-6906 (TTY), 928-523-8747 (fax), or (e-mail). Once eligibility has been determined, students register with Disability Resources every semester to activate their approved accommodations. Although a student may request an accommodation at any time, it is best to initiate the application process at least four weeks before a student wishes to receive an accommodation. Students may begin the accommodation process by submitting a self-identification form online at or by contacting Disability Resources. The Director of Disability Resources, Jamie Axelrod, serves as NAU’s Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and Section 504 Compliance Officer. He can be reached at

Students who engage in research at NAU must receive appropriate Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. This instruction is designed to help ensure proper awareness and application of well-established professional norms and ethical principles related to the performance of all scientific research activities. More information regarding RCR training is available at


As noted, NAU expects every student to firmly adhere to a strong code of academic integrity in all their scholarly pursuits. This includes avoiding fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism when conducting research or reporting research results. Engaging in research misconduct may result in serious disciplinary consequences. Students must also report any suspected or actual instances of research misconduct of which they become aware. Allegations of research misconduct should be reported to your instructor or the University’s Research Integrity Officer, Dr. David Faguy, who can be reached at or 928-523-6117. More information about misconduct in research is available at


University education aims to expand student understanding and awareness. Thus, it necessarily involves engagement with a wide range of information, ideas, and creative representations. In their college studies, students can expect to encounter and to critically appraise materials that may differ from and perhaps challenge familiar understandings, ideas, and beliefs. Students are encouraged to discuss these matters with faculty.

Class Policies:

Retests/makeup tests – Make-up tests will be not be allowed unless evidence of a significant personal or medical issue is provided to the course Instructor.

Updated August 3, 2020


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