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Tourism Theories and Practices

Unit Information Guide
Session 3 2013

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Contents
Welcome ......................................................................................................................................... 5 Teaching staff ................................................................................................................. 5 Where to get help....................................................................................................................... 6 School enquiries ............................................................................................................. 6 Student liaison team ....................................................................................................... 6 Technology Services....................................................................................................... 6 Academic Skills Development ....................................................................................... 6 Student Services ............................................................................................................. 6 Library ............................................................................................................................ 6 About this unit .............................................................................................................................. 7 Learning support ............................................................................................................ 7 MySCU........................................................................................................................... 7 Turnitin and your assignments ....................................................................................... 8 Recommended reference materials ................................................................................ 8 Unit Master File (previously Unit Statement).................................................................. 9 1. Details........................................................................................................................ 9 2. Requisites .................................................................................................................. 9 3. Description ................................................................................................................ 9 4. Learning outcomes .................................................................................................. 10 5. Content .................................................................................................................... 10 6. Graduate attributes .................................................................................................. 10 7. Unit offerings .......................................................................................................... 11 8. Teaching & learning arrangements.......................................................................... 11 9. Assessment .............................................................................................................. 11 10. Learning resources ................................................................................................ 12 11. Student academic integrity and conduct ................................................................ 12 12. Student feedback ................................................................................................... 12 Assessment details.................................................................................................................. 13 Assignment 1: Introduction to academic literature ...................................................... 13 Assignment 2: Annotated bibliography ........................................................................ 14 Assignment 3: Essay .................................................................................................... 15
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Resubmission of assessments ....................................................................................... 16 Census dates ................................................................................................................. 17 Grades........................................................................................................................... 17 Plagiarism ..................................................................................................................... 18 Referencing .................................................................................................................. 18 Suggested study timetable .................................................................................................. 19

Welcome
Welcome to SOY00411 Tourism Theories and Practices.

Teaching staff
Unit assessor
Rebecca Brown Email: rebecca.brown@scu.edu.au 5

Where to get help
School enquiries
Post: School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Southern Cross University PO Box 157 (Military Road) Lismore NSW 2480 Australia +61 2 6620 3920

Academic Skills Development
(Division of Teaching and Learning)

Lismore
Phone: +61 2 6620 3386 Email: academicskills@scu.edu.au Website: http://www.scu.edu.au/academicskills

Phone: Email: tourline@scu.edu.au Website: http://www.scu.edu.au/tourism

Coffs Harbour
Phone: Email: Phone: Email: +61 2 6659 3323 academicskills-coffs@scu.edu.au Student liaison team
Lismore
Phone: Fax: Email: Phone: Fax: Email: +61 2 6620 3920 +61 2 6626 9155 tourline@scu.edu.au Gold Coast and Tweed Heads
+61 7 5506 9219 academicskills-tgc@scu.edu.au Student Services
Lismore
Phone: +61 2 6620 3452 Email: stuadmin@scu.edu.au Website: http://www.scu.edu.au/students/index. php/4 Coffs Harbour
+61 2 6659 3212 +61 2 6659 3144 tourline@scu.edu.au Gold Coast and Tweed Heads
Undergraduate Phone: +61 7 5589 3001 Fax: +61 7 5589 3700 Email: tourline@scu.edu.au Postgraduate Phone: +61 7 5506 9342 Fax: +61 7 5506 9301 Email: tourline@scu.edu.au

Coffs Harbour
Phone: Email: Phone: Email: +61 2 6659 3777 sservice@scu.edu.au Gold Coast and Tweed Heads
+61 7 5506 9200 tgcc@scu.edu.au Library
Phone: 1800 659 460 (Freecall) Website: http://www.scu.edu.au/library

Technology Services
Lismore
Phone: +61 2 6620 3698 Email: servicedesk@scu.edu.au Website: http://www.scu.edu.au/it/servicedesk/

Coffs Harbour
Phone: Email: Phone: Email: +61 2 6659 3080 chec.helpdesk@scu.edu.au Gold Coast and Tweed Heads
+61 7 5506 9210 servicedesk@scu.edu.au 6

About this unit
Learning support
Library
The Library promotes student learning and ensures easy access to information resources, providing a full range of library and audiovisual services, and trained professional staff to assist students to become independent learners. The main Library is located at the Lismore campus. Libraries are also located at the Coffs Harbour campus and the Gold Coast Beachside campus. You will find contact information for the Library in the ‘Where to get help’ section of this guide.

Academic Skills Development
Division of Teaching and Learning (Academic Skills Development) at Southern Cross University provides educational support to students, staff and the University as a whole. Its members provide a range of study assistance materials and one-on-one advice to assist you to complete your studies. You will find contact information for Academic Skills Development in the ‘Where to get help’ section of this guide.

MySCU
Your unit assessor may have requested an online component to be set up on MySCU to support this unit for the duration of the study period. To check if this unit has an online component you should check the following location in your browser: http://learn.scu.edu.au This opens the MySCU student intranet page. The names of units in which you are currently enrolled that have an online presence will be listed here under ‘Learning Sites’. If your unit is not listed under ‘Learning Sites’ and you have been instructed by your lecturer to access the online site, please check your enrolment status through MyEnrolment. If you do not appear to be enrolled in that unit, either enrol in that unit or email a variation request to Student Services: enrol@scu.edu.au If you are enrolled in that unit but cannot access the online site send an email to: servicedesk@scu.edu.au 7

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Blackboard Collaborate
Your unit assessor may choose to use Blackboard Collaborate in this unit. Blackboard Collaborate is web-based audio-conferencing software for real-time learning; a mix of a teletutorial and virtual classroom with additional features. You can find out more by clicking the ‘Blackboard Collaborate Help’ button within your MySCU unit, or go to: http://www.scu.edu.au/collaborate Turnitin and your assignments
It is now mandatory that all written assignments in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management be submitted to Turnitin prior to formal submission for the purposes of plagiarism checking. This notice is to outline the procedures that will be employed in this unit. 1. 2. 3. All assignments for this unit must be submitted to Turnitin prior to formal submission, i.e. submission is now a two-step process. There is a Turnitin dropbox set up under Assignments in MySCU. Before submitting your assignment for marking, submit your assignment to the Turnitin drop box. This will then generate an originality report for you to check to see whether any passages in your assignment match up with other written sources. Turnitin has been set up to ignore passages within inverted commas (quote marks), so correctly cited direct quotes will not be flagged. If Turnitin identifies any text that matches other sources, you will need to make revisions to further paraphrase the material. Once you have made revisions to your assignment you must then submit your paper to Turnitin again to ensure that a satisfactory originality report is generated. Your lecturer may check this final originality report when marking your assignment. Once you are satisfied that your assignment is free of plagiarism, submit your final version to the appropriate assignment dropbox under ‘Assignments’.

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Please be aware that your initial Turnitin submission will generate an originality report instantaneously. However, any subsequent submissions can take up to 24 hours for an originality report to be generated. For this reason, it is recommended that you undertake your reference check well before the due date. Assignments will not be marked in the absence of a final originality report, and this will not be accepted as an excuse for late submission of an assignment.

Recommended reference materials
Please note that any prescribed materials (textbook etc.) will be listed in Section 10 Learning resources in the Unit Master File located further on in this document.

Unit Master File (previously Unit Statement)
School/College or other unit School of Tourism & Hospitality Management

1. Details
Unit title Unit code SCU award category Credit points Grading basis Field of education (FOE) Tourism Theories and Practices SOY00411 Undergraduate 12 (single-weighted unit) Graded 080323 – Tourism Management

2. Requisites
2.1 Prerequisites
Nil

2.2 Corequisites
Nil

2.3 Antirequisites
Nil

2.4 Enrolment information
Nil

2.5 Enrolment restriction message
Students are required to have access to a computer and a reliable internet service.

3. Description
Explains foundation tourism theories, in particular whole tourism systems, and applies these theories to practical contexts in tourism and hospitality industries. Important academic skills related to sustainable tourism, critical thinking, information literacy and essay writing are embedded in the curriculum.

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4. Learning outcomes
On completion of this unit students should be able to: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 demonstrate the link between tourism theories and related industry practices demonstrate an understanding of the elements of whole tourism systems and sustainable tourism build an understanding of the stakeholder organisations involved in tourism across global, national, state, regional and local levels demonstrate information literacy to plan, develop and write academic assessments.

5. Content
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4 Topic 5 Topic 6 Topic 7 Topic 8 Topic 9 Topic 10 Study of tourism History of tourism Whole tourism systems People as tourists Places in tourists’ itineraries Tourism environments Sustainable tourism Tourist attractions Tourism industries and organisations Tourism patterns and trends

6. Graduate attributes
The approved graduate attributes for the University are: 1. Intellectual rigour – a commitment to excellence in all scholarly and intellectual activities, including critical judgement. 2. Creativity – an ability to develop creative and effective responses to intellectual, professional and social challenges. 3. Ethical practice – a commitment to sustainability and high ethical standards in social and professional practices. 4. Knowledge of a discipline – command of a discipline to enable a smooth transition and contribution to professional and community settings. 5. Lifelong learning – the ability to be responsive to change, to be inquiring and reflective in practice, through information literacy and autonomous, self-managed learning. 6. Communication and social skills – the ability to communicate and collaborate with individuals, and within teams, in professional and community settings. 7. Cultural competence – an ability to engage with diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives in both global and local settings. GA1 LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 GA2     GA3     GA4     GA5 GA6 GA7

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7. Unit offerings
Offering number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Mode Internal Internal Internal Internal Internal Internal External Management Development Institute of Singapore Tourism Management Institute of Singapore Hotel School Collaborator/partner name Location Lismore Gold Coast Coffs Harbour Singapore Singapore Sydney Distance Education Intensive? N N N N N N N

8. Teaching & learning arrangements
8.1 Notional student workload
Scheduled hours per session 20 Personal study hours per session 110 Total workload per session 130

8.2 Methods of Presentation
Offering number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 7 Methods of presentation and delivery Lecture Workshop Structured online learning Duration 2 hours 2 hours Frequency 10 weeks 10 weeks

9. Assessment
9.1 Unit assessment
Student Services exam Assessment type Learning outcomes* Group or individual Weight % Offering number Length Max. 1000 words Max. 1200 words Max 2000 words

1–7 1–7 1–7

Critical Review Annotated Bibliography Essay

Individual Individual Individual

1,4 1,2,4 1–4

20 30 50

N N N

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9.2 Additional assessment requirements
This is a graded unit and grades are awarded as detailed in Rule 3.8 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards. To achieve a passing grade in the unit all assessment tasks must be submitted and an overall mark of 50% or more must be obtained.

10. Learning resources
Prescribed textbook(s) and/or other resources which students must acquire or to which they must have regular and reliable access Weaver, D & Lawton, L 2010, Tourism Management, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Australia.

11. Student academic integrity and conduct
It is a University requirement that a student’s work complies with the Academic Integrity Policy. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the Policy. Failure to comply with the Policy can have severe consequences in the form of University sanctions. For information on this Policy refer to the Academic Integrity Policy at the following website: http://policies.scu.edu.au/view.current.php?id=00142 As part of a University initiative to support the development of academic integrity, assessments may be checked for plagiarism including through an electronic system, either internally or by a plagiarism checking service, and be held for future checking and matching purposes.

12. Student feedback
Students are encouraged to complete the online student feedback on learning and teaching survey. This is offered for all units in every study period.

Assessment details
Assignment due dates and the examination period provided here apply to the Australian study period. These may be varied for students studying elsewhere. Please confirm dates with your local tutor. You are required to prepare and submit three assessments throughout the study period. Assessments have been designed so that you review and understand key topics addressed in Tourism Theories and Practices. They encourage you to read, observe and critically think about specific topics or themes throughout the study period, as well as helping you to develop some important foundation academic writing and study skills. In terms of referencing, as for any University assignment, you must acknowledge references to any literature that you may refer to within the body of your assessments and reference list. For referencing guidelines, please refer to the reading by Summers and Smith (2006) on the MySCU site for this unit.

Assignment 1: Introduction to academic literature
Due: Length: Weighting: Format: 5 pm Friday Week 4 Maximum 1000 words 20% Critical review

Task
Access the SCU Library online and spend some time looking through 2012 issues of the following leading tourism academic journals: Journal of Convention and Event Tourism and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Select one recent issue of any one of these journals and write a critical review describing two (2) articles presented in the selected issue of the journal.

Instructions
This assignment is designed to get you familiar with searching for academic articles related to tourism. Follow these steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Go to the SCU Library home page. Click on the SCU Catalogue and type in the name of the journal you wish to view and click GO. Click on a specific volume of the journal you have selected to review. You will see that there will be a number of issues within a volume. Now click on a specific issue within the volume of the journal. You will find each issue has a number of research articles related to tourism. Write a 1000-word critical review describing the sorts of themes or topics discussed in two articles from the issue you have selected to review. In your critical review of the two articles include two direct quotes and two paraphrased in-text references.
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Include a reference list of the two articles you have reviewed (Harvard style) at the end of your summary (the reference list is not included in the word count for this assessment). Reflection on referencing – attach a copy of your Turnitin Orginality Report for this assignment and provide a 100-word explanation of how you have overcome any possible referencing issues.

Note: For more information about how to do in-text referencing (both direct quotes and paraphrased ideas from other sources) and a reference list, refer to Summers and Smith (2006) on the MySCU site.

Marking criteria
Introduction to tourism academic literature (1000 words) Critical review 10 marks Logical argument 3 marks Clarity of expression 2 marks Referencing: In-text (paraphrasing and direct quotes) 2 marks Reference list 1 mark Reflection on Referencing Total 2 marks 20 marks

Assignment 2: Annotated bibliography
Due: Length: Weighting: Format: 5 pm Friday Week 8 Maximum 1200 words 30% Annotated bibliography

Task
This task is designed to focus your attention on the forthcoming essay (Assignment 3), You are required to complete an annotated bibliography that relates to relevant theoretical concepts for Assignment 3.

Instructions
1. See the Academic Skills Guide on ‘Writing an Annotated Bibliography’ on the MySCU site for this unit that has been produced by SCU Academic Skills Development. Briefly summarise and critically evaluate the relevance of four (4) sources of academic literature (academic books or journal articles) that are relevant to the essay question in Assignment 3 (see instructions for Assignment 3 below). Note: Your Weaver and Lawton text and Readings should not be used as an academic sources for this assessment. Your annotated bibliography should be presented as follows: ‚ Provide a heading for each academic source that has the full bibliographic details of each source arranged in alphabetical order and punctuated according to the Harvard referencing system. ‚ Provide an overview or brief description of the contents of each source and a critical analysis of each source (strengths and weaknesses of the text).

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Provide a statement of the relevance or usefulness of each source in relation to the essay question (see Assignment 3). Assignment reflection and Turnitin Report – attach a copy of your Turnitin Orginality Report for this assignment and provide a 200-word reflection of how you consider that your critical reading and information literacy skills may have developed through work on this assignment. ‚

Marking criteria
Annotated bibliography (1200 words) • Bibliographic heading for each academic source • Critical review and evaluation of 4 academic sources of literature relevant to Assignment 3 • Reflection and Turnitin Originality Report Total 6 marks 20 marks 4 marks 30 marks

Assignment 3: Essay
Due: Length: Weighting: 5 pm Monday Week 13 Maximum 2000 words excluding the list of references and any other appendices 50%

Task
The objective of this assignment is for you to demonstrate that you can critically think about the practical functions of a particular tourist destination region and relate this ‘thinking’ to theoretical concepts that you have been introduced to in this unit.

Instructions
1. Identify a tourist destination region (TDR) that you are familiar with or have recently visited. This selected TDR will be used as a basis for you to compare and contrast relevant theories introduced in the unit to practical aspects of the TDR. Your essay should commence with an introduction that identifies the TDR and the theoretical concepts that you are going to use to compare and contrast the practical aspects of the TDR. The body of your essay then needs to be written around an argument that considers and critically discusses your selected TDR in contrast to the following criteria and tourism theories studied in this unit (1400 words): ‚ provide an overview of how tourism has developed in your TDR (ensure you link your discussion to theories introduced in Topic 5 – Places in Tourist Itineraries) ‚ identify and explain what factors make the TDR attractive to visitors (ensure you relate your discussion to theories introduced in Topic 4 – People as Tourists and Topic 8 – Tourist Attractions). Your discussion should identify and explain the main visitor markets that visit the TDR (support your discussion with relevant visitation statistics) ‚ identify and explain the role of tourism and hospitality industries in your TDR (Topic 9 – Tourism Industries)

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explain if principles of sustainable tourism are evident within your TDR (ensure you relate your discussion to theories introduced in Topic 6 – Whole Tourism Systems and Topic 7 – Sustainable Tourism) ‚ conclude your essay with an overview of the main findings of the critical review of the TDR you have selected to analyse. You are required to use at least six tourism academic reference sources, i.e. academic books and/or academic articles published in academic journals to contrast your TDR to that of the theory. You can use your text and Readings, but these are in addition to the six academic sources. Include a reference list which conforms to the style described in the Summers and Smith (2006) reading. Assignment reflection and Turnitin Report – attach a copy of your Turnitin Orginality Report for this assignment and provide a 200-word reflection of how your information literacy skills may have been enhanced through this assignment. ‚

Note: You should not approach the management or staff of tourism and hospitality organisations involved in your TDR that you have selected to for this assessment. This assessment requires you to personally consider the TDR and relate to theories introduced in this unit. Academic Skills Guides will be put on the Blackboard site to help with your essay writing skills.

Marking criteria
Essay structure • Logical discussion and argument • Clarity of expression Essay content • Introduction • Critical discussion of the TDR to relevant theories • Relevance of academic references selected Referencing • Correct referencing within body of essay • Correct referencing style for reference list • Reflection and Turnitin Originality Report Total 5 marks 4 marks 4 marks 24 marks 6 marks 2 marks 2 marks 3 marks 50 marks

Resubmission of assessments
Students enrolled in this unit will be allowed to resubmit one assessment item excluding the final examination (or final assessment in a unit with no final examination). At the commencement of the study period the unit assessor will advise all students which assessment item may be resubmitted. The option to resubmit applies only to those students who have failed the assessment item. If an assessment is in parts then, at the discretion of the unit assessor, a student may be invited to resubmit part of an assessment only.

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Census dates
The census date is the day upon which your enrolment for the study period becomes fixed. You cannot enrol or withdraw from units after census date without significant academic and/or financial penalties. If you are using the FEE-Help or HECS-Help Government loan schemes, your debt for the study period is deferred on census date. You will need to go to My Enrolment at http://www.scu.edu.au/myenrolment to check your census dates. Select ‘Current Enrolment including Census date’ from the menu item called ‘My Study Plans’. Each unit in which you are enrolled will be displayed with its census date clearly identified.

Grades
Students who complete a unit will receive one of the following grades: • • • • • • • Fail Absent Fail Satisfied Requirements (where used) Pass Credit Distinction High Distinction.

Student grades are determined by applying the following grading standards in combination with specific marking criteria for each assessment item. Note: Marks may be subject to moderating adjustments.

Grading standards
Fail: The student’s performance fails to satisfy the learning requirements specified. Absent Fail: The student fails to submit all assessment items and is deemed to have abandoned studies. Satisfied Requirements (where used): The student’s performance satisfies all of the basic learning requirements specified. Pass: The student’s performance satisfies all of the basic learning requirements specified and provides a sound basis for proceeding to higher-level studies in the subject area. The student’s performance could be described as satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the learning requirements specified. Credit: The student’s performance, in addition to satisfying all of the basic learning requirements specified, demonstrates insight and ability in researching, analysing and applying relevant skills and concepts. The student’s performance could be described as better than satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the learning requirements specified. Distinction: The student’s performance, in addition to satisfying all of the basic learning requirements, demonstrates distinctive insight and ability in researching, analysing and applying relevant skills and concepts, and shows a well-developed ability to synthesise, integrate and evaluate knowledge. The student’s performance could be described as distinguished in relation to the learning requirements specified.

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High Distinction: The student’s performance, in addition to satisfying all of the basic learning requirements, demonstrates distinctive insight and ability in researching, analysing and applying relevant skills and concepts, and shows exceptional ability to synthesise, integrate and evaluate knowledge. The student’s performance could be described as outstanding in relation to the learning requirements specified.

Plagiarism
Plagiarism is defined as reproduction and presentation of the work of others without acknowledgment and includes copying (in whole or in part) the work or data of other persons, or presenting substantial extracts from books, articles, theses, computer software, lecture notes, assignments or tapes, without due acknowledgment. All forms of plagiarism and unauthorised collusion are regarded as a serious offence by Southern Cross University and could result in penalties, including fail grades and possible disciplinary action. For further details see Rules Relating to Awards: 3.18 at: http://policies.scu.edu.au/view.current.php?id=00140#s18 If in doubt, please consult with the unit assessor for further information. All students are advised against making assessable material (e.g. assignments) available to other students, as they could then be a party to plagiarism and may be penalised as if they themselves had committed an act of plagiarism.

Referencing
A number of referencing systems are used across the University. You should check with your lecturer regarding the referencing system to be used for this unit. You will find examples of the different types of systems on the Academic Skills Information Guides section of Division of Teaching and Learning (Academic Skills Development) website: http://www.scu.edu.au/academicskills/index.php/dds Suggested study timetable
This blank timetable has been provided to help you plan your studies. You may like to fill in the details in consultation with your tutor.
Week/ commencing 1 14 October 2 21 October 3 28 October 4 4 November 5 11 November 6 18 November 7 25 November 8 2 December 9 9 December 10 16 December 11 23 December 12 30 December 13 6 January 14 13 January Assignment 3 due Study Week Assignment 2 due Assignment 1 due Topic no. Topic Notes

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