TOUR20018 - Introduction to Sustainable Tourism

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Sustainable tourism is best understood and managed within the context of the measurement of environmental, economic and socio-cultural outcomes for natural areas, communities, businesses and destinations. In this unit you will examine the theoretical concepts of sustainable tourism management and explore how these concepts can be implemented in a real world setting. By the conclusion of the unit, you will be able to communicate a sound theoretical understanding of the key concepts of sustainable tourism and its management.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 10
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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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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

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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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Students
Students experienced some initial difficulty in adjusting to the online environment.
By the end of the term students had adjusted to this new learning environment.
Action Taken
Weekly tutorial sessions were conducted via Zoom
Source: Students
Distance students appreciated the weekly tutorials.
Offering weekly tutorials helped improve learning.
Action Taken
Weekly Zoom sessions were held Not all students were able to attend each Zoom session because of work committments.
Source: Students
Regular emails with links to a range of media and other sources were appreciated by students
This should be a regular inclusion in this unit.
Action Taken
Regular emails were sent to students outlining additional readings and new developments in the area of study
Source: Students
No specific recommendations were made by students who understood that the unit was in teachout.
In the future continue to deliver weekly Zoom workshops and additional resources
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically review and analyse the concept of sustainable tourism management.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts within a triple bottom line approach in a tourism setting.
  3. Review, analyse and synthesise current issues and challenges in implementing sustainable management practises in a range of tourism settings.
  4. Critically evaluate and communicate the importance of sustainable tourism management in a range of real world settings.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8