Core Module Information
Module title: Leadership Innovation and Technology for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

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

Module code: TSM10110
Module leader: Martin Robertson
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages


Description of module content:

This module is concerned with examining the relevant theories and practices associated with effective leadership and innovation, and looking at the role that technology can play both within these areas and as an entity within itself. The emphasis throughout is upon how we might more effectively address the challenge of creating and sustaining competitiveness in tourism, hospitality and events organisations through leadership, innovation and current and emergent technology. In this module you will learn about a range of different leadership and innovation theories and their relevance to, and impacts upon, organisations. In addition you will be introduced to the role of innovation, the innovation process and its effective practice within the tourism, hospitality and events contexts. The links between leadership and innovation will be examined and the role of technology will be appraised within the context of THE industries. The module will approach this in a manner which reflects the interconnected nature of the subjects under investigation and how these apply to more contemporary themes within THE (Tourism, Hospitality and Events) industries such as diversity, equality and sustainability.
This module is intended to support your development as an effective professional manager through an examination of cutting edge theories and practices associated with leadership, innovation and technology in the challenging environments faced by modern tourism, hospitality and events organisations. Students will be introduced to the main theories associated with effective leadership and develop a critical understanding of these theories and approaches to leadership, with a particular focus on their application within the context of the tourism, hospitality and events industries.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Identify and evaluate theories of leadership, innovation and technology in the context of THE
LO2: Assess innovation and technology’s current and potential impacts within the context of tourism, hospitality, and events organisations.
LO3: Critically appraise the new product development process and critique its application within the THE industries.
LO4: Critically assess the importance of effective of leadership, innovation and current and emergent technologies on the performance of THE organisations.

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: Sarah Snell
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
From the outset, the focus has been to ensure that students gain a deep understanding and familiarity with the areas of leadership, innovation and technology with the specific aim of fostering effective professional practice in these critical areas. This is supported by: - clear and relevant module aims and learning outcomes; - carefully designed and clearly communicated assessment strategies; - the development of module contents which directly relate to the specialist professional interests of the students in the fields of tourism, hospitality and events; - module design that both encourages and supports the students’ capacity to look at, and to ultimately understand, the bigger picture associated with the topics and their roles in organisational competitiveness; - ensuring that the availability and quality of teaching and learning materials are conducive to supporting individual learning and peer group interactions, whether students are studying on or off campus.
LO1 and LO4 will be achieved through an in class assessment and will be concerned with the identification and review of conceptual frameworks, theories and models within LIT and their application to tourism, hospitality and events contexts. LO2; LO3; and LO4 will be achieved through an integrative assignment in the form of a portfolio focused upon innovation and technology within the context of hospitality, tourism, and events, as appropriate. A participative approach to teaching and learning will be adopted in the tutorials. These sessions will make use of lecture input, case studies, small and large group discussions, class exercises and presentations. Learning will be supported throughout by module materials, a recommended text(s), directed reading of articles, books and on-line publications via Moodle. Students are given weekly directed reading and will be expected to prepare for classes in advance by reading a selection of cases and articles. Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills The assessment strategy for the module is explicitly designed to support and enhance the development of the students’ organisation skills, powers of critical analysis; their reflectivity and other core employability skills.
Assessment (formative and summative): Assessments are designed to promote student motivation through encouraging the direct application of knowledge and abilities associated with individual student’s specific area of interest, be it tourism, hospitality or events. The emphasis is upon ensuring that students gain sufficient understanding of leadership, innovation and technology so that their level of knowledge is conducive to supporting effective practical application in their roles as professionals within the tourism, hospitality and events industries. Assessment (summative) Two components form the basis of the LITTHE module’s assessment. Component /assessment one covers LO1 and LO4: and take the form of an in class assessment, designed to evaluate students understanding and application of key theories and frameworks related to the subject areas as well as their importance within THE industries (LO1 & 4). This is given 25% of the weighting for the module. Component/assessment two covers LO2; LO3; and LO4 and employs formative and summative assessment strategies: Adopting a portfolio format, comprising of a group presentation (formative) and a 3000 word individual report (summative) this assignment is given a weighting of 75% and is intended to act as a vehicle for students to integrate their understanding and knowledge of innovation, technology and leadership and its application within the specialist contexts of tourism, hospitality and events.
Research / teaching linkages: The module focuses upon highlighting the relevant key research in the area of both leadership and innovation with a view to providing students a cutting edge perspective on both topics.
Supporting equality and diversity: Moodle versions of all lecture notes are available 24 hours before each class and all lecture content will be recorded and made available. Assessments include appropriate adjustments/accommodations where identified by student learning plans. To promote and encourage diversity and internationalisation a wide range of international case studies and examples are utilised within the module.

Internationalisation: All topics covered include specific focuses upon the relevant international contexts/cultural dimensions which affect them.

Formative Assessment:
The use of formative feedback is seen as a key component of the LTA approach underpinning this module. Formative feedback opportunities have been built into seminar sessions and where students will engage with, and reflect on, module themes via interactive seminar activities. 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 in groups.

As part of the formative feedback provided in class, students will undertake a short, in class, group presentation (linked to their chosen THE industry example for assessment 2). Peer to peer, and lecturer feedback will be given in class for students to feed into their individual portfolios (assessment 2). Students will look to critique the role of innovation and technology within their chosen example (LO2) and identify any gaps in their current business offering. The work undertaken in this session will feed into assessment 2.

Summative Assessment:
In class assessment 25%
Assessment 1 takes the form of an in class assessment, designed to evaluate students understanding and application of key theories and frameworks related to the subject areas as well as their importance within THE industries (LO1 & 4).

Report 3000 words 75%
Assessment 2 comprises of a 3000 word portfolio which links to the THE Industry example addressed in the formative assessment. Within the portfolio students will propose a new innovation for the THE Industry example and will critically appraise and apply this innovation to the product development process (LO3). Students will then look to critically assess the innovations role, impact and importance for the THE industries (LO2 & 4), and appraise the role leadership & technology would play in the innovation roll out process.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 11
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 177
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 25 1 and 4 5 HOURS= 01.00, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 75 2,3 & 4 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 25
Component 2 subtotal: 75
Module subtotal: 100