CQUniversity Unit Profile
TOUR20025 Climate Change and Managing Tourism Risk
Climate Change and Managing Tourism Risk
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General Information

Overview

In the short term, tourism destinations face numerous types of risks including naturally occurring risks such as those associated with weather and geological forces as well as economic and political disruptions. Climate change has been identified as posing a long term risk to the economic and environmental sustainability of many tourism destinations. Coastal destinations and regions which rely on the beauty of their natural environment to attract tourists are particularly threatened. Unless managed effectively, risks of all type can reduce long term economic and environmental sustainability. This unit introduces students to a range of issues associated with risk management with a specific emphasis on climate change. Students will develop a better understanding of key aspects of risk and how businesses and destinations are able to identify and plan to manage risk. Student learning will include classroom and fieldwork experiences. By the conclusion of the unit students will have a sound theoretical understanding of the key aspects of risk identification and management.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2019

Cairns
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Presentation
Weighting: 20%
3. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. evaluate the concept of risk and how various risks may affect tourism businesses and destinations;
  2. critique the concept of climate change and describe how the long term sustainability of destinations and natural areas may be affected;
  3. review and critically evaluate current models for managing tourism risk including climate change; and
  4. translate your ability to develop strategies to deal with risk, including climate change, and illustrate through a range of tourism destination settings.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Presentation - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Presentation - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Tourism and Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation 1st (2012)

Authors: Daniel Scott, Michale Hall & Stefan Gossling
Routledge
UK
ISBN: 978-0-415-66886-6, 978-0-203-12749-0
Binding: Paperback
Supplementary

Crisis and Disaster Management for Touirsm 1st (2009)

Authors: Brent Richie
Channel View
Bristol Bristol , UK
ISBN: 9781845411053, 9781845413125
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Michelle Thompson Unit Coordinator
m.thompson@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 15 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

The Science of Climate Change

Chapter

Climate Change Text: Chapter 1

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 22 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

The Importance of Climate Change to the Long Term Sustainability of the Tourism Sector

Chapter

Climate Change Text: Chapter 3

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 29 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

The Impact of Climate Change on Destinations

Chapter

Climate Change Text: Chapter 5

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 05 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Management of Carbon and Mitigation Strategies

Chapter

Climate Change Text: Chapter 4

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 12 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Government and Industry Response - the Role of Mitigation

Chapter

Climate Change Text: Chapters 3 and 6

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 19 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 26 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

The Consumer Response to Climate Change

Chapter

Climate Change Text: Chapter 7

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 6 Monday (26 Aug 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 02 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Climate Change Reporting and Responses

(Workshop)

Chapter

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 09 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Introduction to Tourism Crisis Management

Chapter

Tourism Risk Text: Chapters 1 and 2

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 16 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Strategic Crisis Management


Chapter

Tourism Risk Text: Chapter 3

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2: Presentations


Presentation Due: Week 9 Monday (16 Sept 2019) 9:00 am AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 23 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Developing a Crisis Management Strategy


Chapter

Tourism Risk Text: Chapters 5 and 6

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2: Presentations (continued)

Week 11 Begin Date: 30 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Crisis Prevention and Disaster Mitigation

Chapter

Tourism Risk Text: Chapter 4

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Post-Crisis Communications and Recovery

Chapter

Tourism Risk Text: Chapters 7 and 8

Additional readings as per workshop slides/Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 12 Friday (11 Oct 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 21 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

There is no exam scheduled for this unit

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

Climate change has emerged as a major, and in some cases divisive, issue that is vigorously debated at all levels of society. The vast majority of the scientific community supports the view that the Earth is warming as a result of human actions. Assuming that the scientific community is correct in its concern, and given the importance of climate and sustainable ecosystems to the long term viability of many tourism destinations, the tourism industry needs to begin factoring potential climate change impacts into its long term planning.


In this assessment, you are to identify the major climate change related issues facing the tourism industry. Focusing on mitigation, adaptation and sustainability, discuss the potential impact these factors might have in coming decades. Next, select one type of destination, eg. a coastal area, a national park system with a temperature sensitive ecosystem, a ski region etc. Discuss the potential effects of climate change on the long term sustainability of this destination type. In your discussion, outline the type of adaptation strategies that may be available to cope with the adverse effects of climate change at the destination level.


Assessments 1 and 2 are linked - please read Assessment 2 before choosing your destination type in Assessment 1.


Your assessment should be no longer than 2500 words excluding references.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (26 Aug 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (9 Sept 2019)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Introduction (10 marks)

· Articulate the main purpose and relevant background information

Discussion (50 marks)

· Demonstrate an understanding of the major climate change factors affecting tourism

· Demonstrate an understanding of key terms such as mitigation, adaptation and sustainability

· Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of climate change at the destination level

· Demonstrate an understanding of the type of adaptation strategies that may be implemented at the destination level

References (15 marks)

· Use of appropriate references to support discussion. A minimum of 10 academic references should be provided

Organisation and structure (15 marks)

· A clear and consistent flow of ideas

Presentation and style (10 marks)

· Adherence to standard writing conventions (i.e. spelling, punctuation, grammar, use of sentences and paragraphs)



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • evaluate the concept of risk and how various risks may affect tourism businesses and destinations;
  • critique the concept of climate change and describe how the long term sustainability of destinations and natural areas may be affected;


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management

2 Presentation

Assessment Title
Presentation

Task Description

Assessments 1 and 2 are linked - please use destination type selected in Assessment 1 for Assessment 2.



For many firms operating in the tourism sector, the long term nature of the predicted adverse impacts of climate change appear to have no relevance within their planning cycle, which often runs over a 5-6 year period. However, climate change is a system wide problem and the impacts at the ecosystem level, and to some extent on ambient temperatures, are beginning to affect destinations. Low altitude ski destinations are one example of destinations affected by climate change. The aim of this presentation is to outline strategies that firms within the destination type discussed in Assessment 1 can implement to cope with the long term impacts of climate change.


Your presentation should include:

· Outline the type of impacts that firms can expect to be effected by at destination level

· Outline the general approach that has been recommended for tourism firms in terms of mitigation and adaptation

· Outline suggested adaptation strategies that individual firms can adopt to combat the impacts of climate change

· Outline the potential impact of climate change on long-term sustainability of firms that fail to adopt adaptation strategies

· The final slide should contain a list of references (minimum 8 academic references required)


Instructions

You have 15 minutes to deliver your presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.

You also need to submit your Powerpoint slides via Moodle on the day of the presentation. Presentations will take place in Weeks 10 and 11, with on-campus students presenting during workshops and distance students presenting via a Zoom.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (16 Sept 2019) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Monday (30 Sept 2019)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Introduction (15 marks)

· Articulates the main purpose of presentation and relevant background information

Content (50 marks)

· Understanding of impacts at destination and firm levels

· Understanding of strategies

References (15 marks)

· Use and presentation of references to support your arguments

Organisation and Structure (10 marks)

· Structure or sequence of headings and titles and labelling of figures and tables

· Use of photographs, diagrams and tables

Presentation and Style (10 marks)

· Spelling, punctuation, capitalisation and grammar

· Use of Powerpoint



Referencing Style

Submission
Offline Online

Submission Instructions
Presentations across Weeks 9 and 10: All students to upload PPT slides via Moodle on Monday (Week 9)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • review and critically evaluate current models for managing tourism risk including climate change; and
  • translate your ability to develop strategies to deal with risk, including climate change, and illustrate through a range of tourism destination settings.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical and Written Assessment

Task Description

The aim of this assessment task is to discuss the role of a crisis management plan at the destination level. You should first outline the component parts of a crisis management plan. Next, using case studies published in the academic literature, demonstrate the role of each component of a crisis management plan. Finally, select a destination that has the potential to suffer a crisis event (a cyclone or earthquake for example) and outline how a crisis management plan may assist the destination’s tourism industry to respond to a crisis event.


Your assessment should be no longer than 2500 words, excluding academic reference. You are expected to include at least 12 academic references.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (11 Oct 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

This is a summative assessment task and as a result, there is minimal feedback.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Introduction (10 marks)

· Articulation of the aim of the assessment and relevant background information

Discussion (50 marks)

· Demonstrate understanding of tourism crisis theory

· Demonstrate understanding of key elements of a destination crisis management plan

· Selection of appropriate case studies

· Justification of the selected destination and identification of potential crisis events

· Demonstrate an understanding of how crisis management plans can assist rapid recovery in the post crisis period

References (15 marks)

· Use of appropriate references to support discussion

Organisation and structure (15 marks)

· A clear and consistent flow of ideas

Presentation and style (10 marks)

· Adherence to standard writing conventions (i.e. spelling, punctuation, grammar, use of sentences and paragraphs)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • review and critically evaluate current models for managing tourism risk including climate change; and
  • translate your ability to develop strategies to deal with risk, including climate change, and illustrate through a range of tourism destination settings.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

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