Module title: Tourism Concepts and Issues

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: TSM11111
Module leader: Constantia Anastasiadou
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2017/8, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Constantia Anastasiadou
Module Organiser:
Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and Teaching Methods including their alignment to Learning Outcomes

LO1-3 - teaching and learning methods will include class debates and discussions on the concepts of tourism. The use of case studies will also enable students to explore and discuss, as a class and in small groupings, how these concepts apply to real life issues.

LO4 and 5 - the use of tourism videos, DVDs amongst other electronic resources will enable students to engage in critical debates about the impacts of tourism and the current issues and trends in the industry. The use of experienced guest lecturers will also help students to see how theory links to practice.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills

The use of informal class presentations will develop student confidence, verbal skills and their ability to present their ideas to an audience of their peers. The portfolio will require students to be able to search for and synthesise information. Informal group discussions will encourage team working and social skills.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Students will undertake informal presentations during class discussions for which feedback will be provided. Students will be encouraged to submit drafts of their essays and portfolios for which they will receive formative feedback.

Research/ teaching linkages
The module leader undertakes scholarly activity in the area of tourism. Students are expected to undertake research which will allow them to link theoretical approaches to tourism in practice.

Supporting equality and diversity
All lecture notes for the module will be available online through the WebCT which will also be used for discussion groups and blogs. This will encourage diverse student learning styles. The module leader will also provide individualised support for students from different backgrounds who require special help.


Tourism, by its very nature is a global industry, and so case studies will be d

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Seminar 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1 - 3 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Essay 50 4 - 5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Defining tourism/the tourism system
Consumer demand and behaviour
Tourism Area Life Cycle
Niche tourism
Role of stakeholders in tourism
Impacts of tourism
Crisis Management
Current trends and issues in tourism, hospitality and events

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Interpret the significance of visitor demand and behaviour for tourism products
LO2. Analyse the tourism system and its components and characteristics
LO3 Critically analyse stakeholder relationships with regard to their implications for destinations
LO4 Critically appraise the impacts of international tourism
LO5 Investigate current issues and trends in international tourism, events and hospitality industries

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

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