TOUR20020 - Managing Tourism in Natural and Protected Areas

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The management of tourism operations in natural and protected areas is an important component of sustainable tourism management. This unit will identify and analyse the impacts of tourism on a wide range of environments including marine parks and rainforest areas. In this unit you will develop a better understanding of key concepts of sustainable environmental management such as ecotourism, and wildlife tourism. The unit also examines legislative frameworks governing interactions between tourism and the environment through environmental accreditation programs.


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.

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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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. Presentation 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%).

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 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75% 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: Student evaluation comment.
Very organised unit organised and published well in advance - as an online student with full time work it was great to have all lectures, assessment info etc. There in advance so I could work at my own pace - getting ahead some weeks where I could.
Continue to make learning materials available in advance for online students.
Action Taken
Some learning materials were updated to reflect current trends in nature-based tourism.
Source: Student evaluation comment.
Another field trip to a different style of PA would certainly help students grasp better impacts and challenges involved with the management of such areas.
Discuss options of a second field-trip with future students since expense for these trips is covered by the students.
Action Taken
Students went on only one field-trip in T2 2020, just like in previous years.
Source: Student evaluation comment.
The weeks we had our presentations left us with little time to go through the material, maybe this needs resolving. Felt like we rushed through some really interesting stuff.
Consider possibility to spread out the presentations of on-campus students to make more time for in-depth delivery of teaching materials.
Action Taken
Student presentations were more spread out over the term.
Source: Student evaluation comment
Some of the references and statistics might need to be updated, particularly in a present and Post-Covid world.
Update readings and references to include more sources relevant to a post-Covid19 era.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically examine the impacts of tourism on the environment.
  2. Describe and appraise a range of theories and their application to the tourism-environment relationship.
  3. Critically review and evaluate current issues and challenges of ecotourism, wildlife tourism, protected area management and interactions with Indigenous hosts and local communities.
  4. Plan, develop and evaluate strategies on managing environmental impacts of tourism.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
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