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. Students will develop a better understanding of key aspects of sustainable environmental management such as ecotourism, wildlife tourism and indigenous issues. 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 3
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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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 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 20%
2. Group Work 40%
3. Presentation 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

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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 communicate a range of theories and their application to the tourism-environment relationship;
  3. review and evaluate current issues and challenges of ecotourism, wildlife tourism, protected area management and interactions with Indigenous hosts and local communities;
  4. appraise and review the role of certification programs and environmental legislation in ensuring tourism activities are ecologically sustainable; and
  5. 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 5
1 - Presentation
2 - Group Work
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Presentation
2 - Group Work
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment