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January 16th - March 5th

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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Research Proposal 45%
Assignments (5@ 5 points each) 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 11:59 pm 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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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


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Last revised August 4, 20224

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.


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