TM0457 - Tourists and Tourism

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What will I learn on this module?

This module provides you with a concise and lively introduction to the increasingly complex and ever exciting world of tourism. The module is conceived as a travel guide through the discipline. Like any guidebook, it seeks to stimulate your imagination, point out noteworthy areas and minimise the stress of the experience.
You will develop a general understanding of tourism as both as an area of business economics and as a social phenomenon, and will gain an advance knowledge of some of the main theories and concepts in tourism studies. You will also become aware of the state of tourism in the 21st century as well as the different components that constitute the tourism complex including its tourists, destinations, business and attractions
The management of tourism and tourists will receive special attention. As future managers in the contemporary industry you will gain familiarity with the structure and management of the business overall and a range of appropriate business types, the issues facing the industry and the management principles that are relevant to tourism.
You will cover a range of topics in four areas, the understanding of tourism as both a social phenomenon and as a sector of the economy, the nature of tourist experience, the planning of tourism destinations and attractions and responsible tourism futures.
With this module you will develop critical, practical, academic study and information literacy skills to enable the full achievement of learning outcomes at the module and programme levels. In particular, you will learn to develop a sustained reasoned argument where you research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving questions.

How will I learn on this module?

Critical reflection on knowledge, experience and practice underpins the learning and teaching philosophy along with the explicit development of competence. This is key to your learning on the module. You will learn through lectures and seminars as well as independent learning The two hour weekly lectures will provide you with a theoretical underpinning of the module content, relating theory to practice through an extensive use of case studies. The one hour weekly seminar will give you the opportunity to apply the module content to contemporary contexts and to develop further research into the topic.
The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to lecture sessions will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and your own experiences. Throughout, the emphasis will be on high levels of participation, both individually and within small groups or teams. You can therefore expect the reflective-practitioner approach to learning to be embedded in all workshop/seminar sessions through undertaking activities which facilitate them to apply theory to ‘real-life’ situations, critically analysing and making recommendations for appropriate ways forward for the organization/individual. The module will include a range of student-led activities, local visits and guest speakers, which will help you to appreciate the extent of tourism industry and its impacts, both regionally as well as internationally. Through these activities you will be equipped with skills of intellectual autonomy, collaborative working and critical and independent inquiry skills.
Self- directed inquiry, autonomy and authenticity are key to your learning in this module. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform. These activities will support the work you undertake in the contact sessions. Independent learning will centre upon identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject area or by providing deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, reflection, research etc.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided to you by a member of academic staff leading the module and providing the lecture input. Other academics will contribute to the teaching of the module based on their subject expertise. The activities of the teacher and the learner will be aligned towards the co-creation of knowledge. You will take responsibility for your own learning through active and self-directed learning activities that are supported by academic staff.

Your module is supported by an e-learning portal, which houses lecture materials, seminar exercise, alongside assessment details and various support facilities such as recordings of certain lectures through Panopto and IT applications, alongside other electronic support facilities such as indicated above.

You will be provided with a wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises academic reports, books sections and journal articles. The readings have been carefully selected to help you better understand the main concepts and ideas in tourism and events.

The module assessment consists of an essay and a group poster presentation. All the necessary information for the assessment will be uploaded to the e-learning portal prior to the deadline. This includes guide and model answers. Specific time will be allocated in class to support the assessment.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• You will develop critical insights into the contemporary theory and practice of tourism management. [MLO1]
• You will develop the ability to analyse and understand management issues in the contemporary tourist and tourism management sectors. [MLO2]

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will demonstrate the ability to work in diverse groups and teams. [MLO3]

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will develop a responsible approach to learning that is underpinned by ethical values. [MLO4]

How will I be assessed?

The module assessment consists of an essay, counting for 60% of the mark and a group created portfolio, counting for 40% of the mark.

The essay assesses your understanding of the key concepts and ideas in tourism. You are asked to choose a topic among those offered by the module tutor. Topics, which will be available in the e-learning portal prior to the deadline, will reflect the specialist issues covered in the lecture program. This will assess MLO1 and MLO2.

The group portfolio assesses your ability to analyse and understand management issues in contemporary tourism. You will be asked to examine in-depth a contemporary issue of your choice. The portfolio will be based on responses to the seminar program. This will assess MLO1, 2, 3 and 4.

Formative assessment will be carried out on a continuous basis within the seminars. This will take place through group work, assignment discussion and reflection together with theory/practice related discussions.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module provides you with a concise and lively introduction to the increasingly complex and ever exciting world of tourism. The module is conceived as a travel guide through the discipline. Like any guidebook, it seeks to stimulate your imagination, point out noteworthy areas and minimise the stress of the experience. You will develop a general understanding of tourism as both as an area of business economics and as a social phenomenon, and will gain an advance knowledge of some of the main theories and concepts in tourism studies. You will also become aware of the state of tourism in the 21st century as well as the different components that constitute the tourism complex including its tourists, destinations and business. As future managers of tourism you will gain familiarity with the structure and management of the business overall and a range of appropriate business types, the issues facing the industry and the management principles that are relevant to tourism.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time (with study abroad in second year)
3 other options available

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2020

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