Core Module Information
Module title: Tourism Concepts and Issues

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

Module code: TSM11111
Module leader: Gesthimani Moysidou
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages


Description of module content:

The overall aim of this module is to provide a stimulating programme of study that enables you to determine and evaluate the current trends and contemporary debates and developments in international tourism, events and hospitality management and their implications for tourism business. This module therefore aims to introduce and evaluate the tourism phenomenon, current trends and developments in international tourism and their implications for tourists, tourism businesses and destination populations. The effects on international tourism of the global economic downturn and the recovery are reviewed but in the wider context of key issues: problems involved in monitoring, measuring and defining tourism; the complexities of stakeholder relationships; visitor demand and behaviour; current issues and trends including environmental concerns, the ethics of the globalisation of tourism and the development of alternative forms of tourism. Furthermore, issues and trends in related sectors, namely hospitality and festivals and events, are also discussed.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1. Appraise the significance of consumer demand and behaviour for contemporary tourism product development
LO2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the tourism system, its components and characteristics
LO3. Critically analyse stakeholder relationships with regard to their implications for destination development
LO4. Critically appraise the impacts of international tourism on destinations
LO5. Critically evaluate a range of impact management techniques for sustainable tourism development

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Gesthimani Moysidou
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching and learning methods will include lectures, interactive tutorials, class debates and discussions on the concepts of tourism. The lectures will address the academic theories and critical issues surrounding tourism scholarship pertinent to achieving the learning outcomes. The tutorials will connect theory to practice by consolidating subject learning and applying this to contemporary cases. The use of case studies will also enable you to explore and discuss, as a class and in small groupings, how the concept of the tourism system and consumer behaviour apply within the international tourism context (LO1 and LO2). The use of tourism videos, amongst other electronic resources will enable you to engage in critical debates about the impacts of tourism and the current issues surrounding the sustainable development of the industry (LO3, LO4 and LO5).. The use of experienced guest lecturers will also strengthen the link between theory and industry practice . You are expected to actively engage in the tutorials as well as participate in group discussions and peer activities. The use of informal class presentations will develop student confidence, verbal skills and the ability to present your ideas to an audience of your peers. The assessments will require you to search for and synthesise academic and industry information, while informal group discussions will encourage team working and social skills. Furthermore, you are encouraged to make proactive use of the self-directed learning time by engaging with the suggested readings, doing independent research and reflecting on your own tourism experiences to supplement the timetabled activities.

Formative Assessment:
You will undertake informal presentations during class discussions for which feedback will be provided. You will have the opportunity to submit drafts of your essays and reports for which you will receive formative feedback two weeks prior to the deadline to identify areas for improvement in advance of the summative assessment deadline.

Summative Assessment:
The module features two components of summative assessment:
CW1. A 2000-word essay that addresses LOs 1 & 2. This is weighted at 50% of the module mark and is due in Week 7.
CW2. A 2000-word report that addresses LOs 3-5. This is equally weighted at 50% of the module mark and is due in Week 12

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online 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
Essay 50 1 - 2 7 , WORDS= 2000
Report 50 3 - 5 12 , WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
TSM11111 Tourism Concepts and Issues