TOUR20025 - Climate Change and Managing Tourism Risk

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In the short term, tourism destinations face numerous types of risks including naturally occurring risks such as those associated with weather and geological forces as well as economic and political disruptions. Climate change has been identified as posing a long term risk to the economic and environmental sustainability of many tourism destinations. Coastal destinations and regions which rely on the beauty of their natural environment to attract tourists are particularly threatened. Unless managed effectively, risks of all type can reduce long term economic and environmental sustainability. This unit introduces students to a range of issues associated with risk management with a specific emphasis on climate change. Students will develop a better understanding of key aspects of risk and how businesses and destinations are able to identify and plan to manage risk. Student learning will include classroom and fieldwork experiences. By the conclusion of the unit students will have a sound theoretical understanding of the key aspects of risk identification and management.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
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 3 - 2021

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2021

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. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
3. Presentation 20%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 60% 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 Voice
There was interest in a field trip.
This may not be an option given the topic of the unit. However, the unit coordinator will utilise industry examples, cases and/or guest lectures to highlight the unit content with current issues for the tourism industry.
Action Taken
The unit contained several practical components, including a guest lecture from an industry speaker.
Source: Student Voice Unit coordinator
Continue practical and interactive delivery utilising contemporary sources
Update unit materials as required when next offered
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. evaluate the concept of risk and how various risks may affect tourism businesses and destinations;
  2. critique the concept of climate change and describe how the long term sustainability of destinations and natural areas may be affected;
  3. review and critically evaluate current models for managing tourism risk including climate change; and
  4. translate your ability to develop strategies to deal with risk, including climate change, and illustrate through a range of tourism destination settings.

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