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Online · School of Business · Sport Management

Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Adventure Sport

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course is a critical analysis of the historic development, current status, and changing patterns of public policy in outdoor recreation, adventure sport, and eco-tourism. A majority of the course will focus on leadership and strategic planning relating to land use and community engagement for outdoor organizations.





Outdoor adventure leaders must understand not only the current political climate in which they function, but also the historical context and development of public policy, which has contributed to the outdoor adventure industry. In so doing, students will distinguish both the utility and counter-effects of outdoor recreation and adventure sport, broadly defined, as well as the implications of community engagement and leadership opportunities.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain and analyze many of the policy processes concerning wildlands, protected areas, and conservation as related to outdoor recreation.
  2. Determine how policy provides a window into political and social debate.
  3. Examine and critique the opportunities and challenges with public involvement and media.
  4. Employ leadership skills in developing community support and advocacy for outdoor recreation organizations.
  5. Identify, critically examine, and critique important findings in historical and current outdoor recreation research.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Bardach, E., & Patashnik, E. M. (2016). A practical guide for policy analysis: The eightfold path to more effective problem solving. (5th ed.). Los Angeles, CA: CQ Press. ISBN: 9781483359465.

Wellman, D., Dustin, D., Henderson, K., & Moore R. (2008). Service living: Building community through public parks and recreation. State College, PA: Venture Publishing. ISBN: 9781892132826.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. Lowry, W. R. (2009). Reparing paradise: The restoration of nature in america’s national parks. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press. Retrieved from

Course Assignments

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

The student will participate in 5 Discussion Board Forums. A forum consists of an initial thread and 2 replies to other students’ initial threads, applying a biblical worldview as appropriate. Each initial thread for a Discussion Board Forum question should contain a minimum of 400–500 words and each reply should be no less than 200 words. This promotes writing that is thorough, yet concise enough to permit classmates to read all the posts. Attention to good grammar and spelling is imperative and appropriate references should be made in APA format. First person writing is allowed in all posts.

Case Studies (4)

There will be 4 case studies taken from the Lowry text. The student is required to utilize Bardach’s guide to effectively analyze and thoroughly present the issues surrounding the topic in each case study.

Policy Analysis Project

As part of a group project, the student will prepare a comprehensive policy analysis report as specified in the policy analysis project instructions (under separate cover). The final product should be a professional policy analysis report, prepared in a professional manner and should represent the student’s best effort.

Quizzes (3)

The student will complete 3 open-book, open-note quizzes encompassing material from the required reading. The student will be given 60 minutes to complete 5 short-answer/essay questions. The answer to each question must show critical thinking skills, personal reflection, and be underpinned by course content.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (5 at 70 pts ea)


Case Studies (4 at 75 pts ea)


Quizzes (3 at 50 pts ea)


Policy Analysis Project





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


SMGT 613

Textbooks: Bardach & Patashnik, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis (2016).

Lowry, Repairing Paradise (2009).

Wellman et al., Service Living (2008).


Reading & Study




Bardach & Patashnik: Introduction

Lowry: ch. 1

Wellman et al.: Preface, chs. 1–2

1 presentation

2 websites

Course Requirements Checklist

Introduction/Welcome DB Forum 1

DB Forum 2






Bardach & Patashnik: Part 1

Lowry: ch. 2

1 presentation

Case Study 1

Quiz 1




Bardach & Patashnik: Part 2

Wellman et al.: ch. 3

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Quiz 2




Lowry: ch. 3

1 presentation

Case Study 2



Bardach & Patashnik: Part 4

Wellman et al.: ch. 4

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

Quiz 3




Lowry: ch. 4

1 website

Case Study 3



Wellman et al.: chs. 5–7

1 presentation

DB Forum 5



Lowry: chs. 5–6

Case Study 4

Policy Analysis Project





DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.