Core Module Information
Module title: Tourism Impacts and Sustainable Development

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: TSM08124
Module leader: Kelsy Hejjas
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages


Description of module content:

This module centres on the impacts of tourism development on the physical and socio-cultural environment at the destination level. The factors that affect the type, range and degree of impacts are also discussed. You will consider the extent to which organisations’ and individuals’ actions and practices can influence the operation of tourism, as well as the measures and controls that may be implemented to reduce the negative and enhance the positive impacts. Special emphasis will be given on the current trend for ethical production and consumption by looking at the practices of tourism operators around the globe.

Description of module content:
Economic Impacts of Tourism
Social Impacts of Tourism
Environmental Impacts of Tourism
Impact assessment and management
Community-based tourism
Corporate Social Responsibility
Ethical consumption and ethical tourism

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Classify and evaluate the economic, socio-cultural and environmental impacts of the tourist activity in different destinations and environments.
LO2: Develop an awareness of the supply and demand-side factors that affect the extent of tourism impacts
LO3: Distinguish between the different tools to measure and control the negative impacts of tourism
LO4: Comprehend the roles of tourism operators and providers in the management of impacts
LO5: Develop an insight into the concept of corporate social responsibility

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Kelsy Hejjas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
A combination of lectures and tutorial presentations cover LOs 1-5. A mix of short case studies, videos and problem solving media are used to support learning for these learning outcomes. The group presentation covers LOs 3 and 4 while the individual report, which addresses LOs 3-5, allows each student to propose their own recommendations.
Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Guest speakers offer the opportunity for networking. Group work skills, written and oral presentation skills are enhanced as part of the formative and summative assessment. Critical appraisal and reflection are encouraged during the tutorial sessions.
Assessment (formative and summative)
Two components of formative assessment (group presentation and individual report). The first component of the formative assessment is the group presentation. The feedback the students will receive feeds forward to the second formative component (individual report). The students can use the feedback they receive to inform the writing of their individual report. An end of module exam is the module’s summative assessment.
Research/ teaching linkages
The teaching team conducts research in the area of sustainable tourism management.
The students have to undertake research and select a specific destination to conduct a tourism impact assessment. Students will need to access and evaluate secondary information such as books and journal articles and tourism intelligence.
Supporting equality and diversity
All teaching materials will be available on Web CT Vista and will follow the Napier University guidelines for preparing materials. A range of different teaching methods and media are used in classroom to support different learning styles.
Internationalisation (MAX 1500 CHARACTERS).
Sustainability is a core concept for this module and a range of examples are used during lectures to illustrate the types of impact as they are experienced by different destinations. Distinctions are made between developed and developing countries, urban and rural locations through the use of case studies. The students will be encouraged to use international examples for their group presentations and individual reports.

Formative Assessment:
The provision of formative feedback is a key component of the LTA approach underpinning this module. Formative feedback opportunities are built into each tutorial where you will be encouraged to engage with and reflect upon module themes via a series of different learning tasks. These provide opportunities for the module tutor to help with your understanding and interpretation of module topics. This formative feedback is delivered in class time in response to student contributions both individually and collectively. Formative feedback arises via the discussion and analysis of tutorial questions, practical examples/cases and associated reflection on a range of learning tasks.

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 20 3, 4 8 HOURS= 0.33, WORDS= 0
Report 40 4, 5 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1800
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 40 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
TSM08124 Tourism Impacts and Sustainable Development