Core Module Information
Module title: Natural Area Tourism

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

Module code: TSM11116
Module leader: Alexandra Witte
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages

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

Description of module content:

This module is designed to enable you to understand the challenges associated with developing and managing natural area tourism and how these might be effectively tackled. It commences by exploring and critiquing the anthropocentric and ecocentric perspectives which underpin human stances in relation to tourism and the natural environment. Concepts like sustainable and regenerative tourism, the SDGs and ESG will be covered. The course also identifies the environmental impacts associated with tourism in natural areas. Adopting a global perspective, natural area tourism (NAT) is approached from a policy and visitor management perspective, and evaluated for its potential role and viability as a means of economic development. The module seeks to identify and critically examine the process of developing and managing tourism in natural areas across its full scope (i.e. adventure; nature based; wildlife and geotourism) with a particular emphasis upon the specific sustainability issues associated with each.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the scope, role and potential of natural area tourism and the wider topic of sustainability.

LO2: Critique the key issues surrounding the development of specific natural area tourism projects.

LO3: Critically appraise the sources of environmental impacts from tourism activities in a range of different ecosystems.

LO4: Evidence a sound understanding of the theory and practice associated with visitor planning and stakeholder management.

LO5: Critique the range of management strategies and actions which might be adopted in relation to natural area tourism generally and to specific types of natural area tourism.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, In Person, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: In Person
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Alexandra Witte
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 164
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face Lecture 24
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1~2~3 7 , WORDS= 2500
Project - Written 60 4~5 Exam Period , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
TSM11116 Natural Area Tourism