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 sustainability including the triple bottom line approach and explore how these concepts can be implemented in a real world setting. Your learning will include classroom and fieldwork experiences. 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. The unit provides the foundation learning for the remainder of the tourism units in the Master of Sustainable Tourism Management.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
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.

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2021

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
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).

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. Presentation 20%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.67% response rate.

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: Teaching staff
Feedback
Make TOUR20018 a prerequisite for TOUR20022
Recommendation
Make TOUR20018 a prerequisite for TOUR20022. This will ensure that students have completed the foundation unit before being allowed to enrol in TOUR20022 which is designed as a capstone unit. I
Action Taken
The MSTM has been withdrawn so this action is no longer required.
Source: Students
Feedback
Students experienced some initial difficulty in adjusting to the online environment.
Recommendation
By the end of the term students had adjusted to this new learning environment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students
Feedback
Distance students appreciated the weekly tutorials.
Recommendation
Offering weekly tutorials helped improve learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students
Feedback
Regular emails with links to a range of media and other sources were appreciated by students
Recommendation
This should be a regular inclusion in this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 each element of the triple bottom line approach to 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 - Presentation
3 - Practical and 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
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Practical and Written Assessment