Getting Started

If this is your first time in the class, you should:

1.Read the Help and Course Syllabus

How the course is taught

The class is divided into four modules. Each module contains one or more topics. Contained within each topic is an on-line lesson of relevant materials from your textbook, including web links to related information. The on-line sessions are intended to guide you through the reading. 

You should read and complete each chapter in order by the due dates listed. Generally, each chapter will consist of required reading(s) from the text book, presentation of on-line materials, on-line activities, an assignment, and some form of communication. 

How this course is organized

PRM 447 Research Methods web site is divided into six major areas. Navigation buttons for these areas appear at the top of each page in the course. The six areas are:

Getting Started
This page. "Attending" a class over the internet is different from attending a class on a traditional campus. This page will help you learn how readings, assignments, communication, and other class functions are handled in a virtual classroom environment.

Course Syllabus
The syllabus contains important information about such items as objectives, expectations and grading. As with any course, you should read the syllabus carefully before beginning any course work.

This is likely where you will spend most of your time. Required readings, course notes, assignments, and activities are presented in this area.

To communicate with the instructor - visit the communication page.

NAU Cline Library has collected many resources available to students enrolled in the course. These resources are available from the library page. If you find something you think should be included, please send me e-mail.

The help page is designed to help you deal with technical issues and problems related to this course.

Required Readings

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

The reading assignments will look like this:

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 You are required to read all text assignments. It is recommended that you read the text and on-line lesson before completing any of the assignments.

You are required to read the on-line lessons. These lessons are marked throughout the course in this manner:

On-line Lesson


Each of the topics in this course have at least one assignment. You must complete each of these assignments. The method of completing assignments will vary.

See an overview of the modules, topics and assignments for this course. Assignments are marked with one of the following icons.



 Individual Assignment
 Video Assignment

 Video Assignment

 Chat Room
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 Reading Assignment

 Internet Assignment


Communication is an important part of this course. You will be expected to communicate frequently with other students and with the instructor.



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