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Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Units Undergraduate Programs and Courses Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism
School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism
Associate Professor and Acting Director R. Koster
Professors M.E. Johnston,
  R.J. Payne
Associate Professors L. Curthoys,
  B. Cuthbertson,
  R. Koster,
  R.H. Lemelin,
  T.G. Potter,
  M.S. Yuan
Assistant Professors M. Robson
Adjunct Professors J. Dawson,
M. Rudd,
E. Stewart
Professors Emeriti of Outdoor Recreation J.E.P. Smithers,
  T.W. Stevens,
  L.A. Thomson

The School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism (ORPT) provides a venue for research and study in all aspects of natural resource recreation. Committed to the principles of respect and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge, the School promotes academic and professional growth through shared responsibility for learning and an emphasis on the application of knowledge in the wider community. The School offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary program which combines theoretical and applied experiences relevant to the pursuit and provision of recreation opportunities in the natural environment. The School prides itself on graduating proficient and ethically-responsible practitioners who serve the community and themselves and who have the ability to think critically, to solve problems and to undertake research.

The Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation program at Lakehead University offers students unique opportunities to study and understand leisure in the natural environment. The program prepares students for a wide variety of careers in outdoor recreation, parks and tourism and related fields. Through a combination of field and classroom activities, the curriculum allows students opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge needed to function effectively in challenging positions and to contribute in positive ways to the recreational interactions of people with the environment.

Students may pursue one of the three concentrations - outdoor leadership, parks or tourism - offered by the School. Also available are three double degree programs, offered jointly by the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism and each of the following departments: the Department of Biology (see page 161); the Department of Geography (see page 180); and the Department of History (see page 220); and the Department of Women's Studies (see page 262).


See Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this Calendar, page 27.

Admission to the first year of the Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation degree program or to the Tourism and Recreation Resources Management Certificate program requires satisfactory completion of an OSSHGD or OSSD, including 6 Ontario Academic courses or equivalent, with a minimum overall average of 70%. (Applicants below this level may be considered on an individual basis.) Applicants must include one Grade 13/OAC English in their program. Biology and Geography are recommended.


1. All students wishing to graduate from an Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation degree program are required to:
(a) attend the orientation to be held prior to the first week of classes;
(b) complete the St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid course or the approved equivalent (at the student's own expense) prior to registering in OUTD 2310;
(c) complete the Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion course or the approved equivalent (at the student's own expense) prior to registering in OUTD 2310;
(d) maintain as active the certification attained in 1 (b) and (c) for the remainder of the program;
(e) be prepared to attend instruction given at a nominal number of weekends throughout the academic year;
(f) pay a fee at the beginning of each academic year to defray the costs of practica and field trips (In addition to this fee, food, travel and accommodation expenses for field trips in years 3 and 4 will depend on the nature, location and number of days of the particular trip.);
(g) complete the core (16 half courses) and the elective courses (minimum 6 half courses) offered by the School and an additional 11 full courses (22 half courses) as per electives and/or the requirements of the various double degree options.

2. Accident Insurance - The University does not carry any form of personal accident insurance. Students are responsible for any medical or hospital costs that they may incur as a result of an accident on or off campus. Those students who are not covered by medical and hospital insurance plans are advised to obtain some form of accident coverage. All students who participate in school activities are required to have adequate insurance coverage.


In addition to the University Regulations, page 39, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Regulations, page 127, the following regulations of the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism also apply to students in these programs.

1. A student who successfully completes the courses as indicated in his/her program of study will have his/her year level incremented as follows:
Year 1 = < 5 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 5 to < 12 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 12 to < 17 full course equivalents
Year 4 = 17 >

2. (a) To proceed without condition to the succeeding year of a program, a student must:
(i) attain at least a D grade in each of the courses taken during the academic year
(ii) maintain a minimum overall average of 60% in all courses in each year
(iii) maintain a minimum 70% weighted average in all Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism courses (for students entering an HBOR program in September 2000 or later).
(b) A student carrying additional courses must count those courses, for regulation purposes, as part of his/her academic load.

3. A student who has failed a course or courses may write a special examination as outlined in Regulation VII (Special Examinations) page 41.

4. A student is deemed to have failed the year if:
(a) the student has failed more than two full courses or their equivalent; or
(b) the student has failed more than one full course or equivalent with marks of less than 40%; or
(c) the student attains an overall average of less than 50% in all courses; or
(d) the student has a failure of more than one full course or its equivalent after special examinations have been given, whether the student writes them or not.

5. In a failed year, course credit is retained for only those courses in which a minimum mark of 60% has been attained.

6. A student having failed no more than one full course (or its equivalent) of the year's work after special examinations will be permitted to register for the succeeding year of the program.

7. A student who has failed a year is eligible to apply for re-admission to the University. A student will normally be granted the privilege of repeating one year only.

8. First class standing is granted on the basis of the weighted average of all Outdoor Recreation courses.

In the computation of a First Class Standing average, in addition to having attained a minimum overall average of A in the transfer credit courses, students who have completed credits at another institution must have completed a minimum of 2/3 of the courses used in the calculation of the First Class Standing average at Lakehead University.