TOUR12004 - Tourism Issues for the 21st Century

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The purpose of this unit is to develop an overview of the key issues that are likely to affect the global tourism industry in the 21st Century with a specific focus on sustainability. The unit introduces the tourism system and provides a firm basis for understanding how the global tourism system operates on an international and domestic scale. This knowledge will equip you to understand how the tourism system functions from a number of viewpoints including the individual tourist, the destinations that tourists visit and the private and public sector providers of goods and services that support the tourism industry. You will be encouraged to think critically and engage in debates about how these issues will impact on the tourism system, on specific destinations and on individual tourists. This unit will also enhance your ability to participate in team work designed to produce a specific outcome.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Critical Review 60%
2. Group Work 40%

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%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the tourism system and its global operations
  2. Analyse the components of the tourism system from multiple perspectives
  3. Identify factors that currently affect the tourism system at local, national and international levels
  4. Analyse and debate the impact of factors that may affect global tourism system in the future at local, national and international levels
  5. Develop collaborative skills through team work that analyses destination response to changes in the external business, political and technological environments.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Critical Review
2 - Group Work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Critical Review
2 - Group Work