Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Tourism Principles and Impacts
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Field Trip 2 x 3 Hour Field Trips
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment  based upon identifying the positive and negative impacts of tourism on a specified tourism destination (2,000 words).  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to the failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to the failure of the module.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Explain definitions of tourism and the related concepts of leisure and recreation.

2. Appreciate the historical development and changing nature of tourism at a local and global level.

3. Identify the positive impacts of tourism.

4. Identify the negative impacts of tourism.

5. Describe the needs of tourists and how the tourism industry seeks to satisfy these needs.

6. Explain the principles of sustainable tourism and social responsibility in the context of tourism.

Brief description

This module introduces students to the nature, scope and significance of the tourism industry through an exploration of its principles and impacts. The module also investigates the issues surrounding tourism development and helps develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work in tourism. It also introduces students to issues of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The concepts covered in this module lay the foundation for future tourism studies.


The module will be delivered through a series of lectures and local afternoon field visits. The lecture series will form the principal framework for teaching and learning. The topics to be covered include:

1. Definitions of tourism, leisure and recreation.
2. Historical development of domestic tourism and current economic significance
3. Historical development of international tourism and current economic significance
4. Economic impacts of tourism
5. Environmental impacts of tourism
6. Social Impacts of tourism
7. Cultural impacts of tourism
8. Political impacts of tourism
9. The sociology and psychology of recreation and tourism.
10. Issues and principles of sustainable tourism and social responsibility

Field visits will enable students to evaluate the principles and impacts in the local area, and assist them in their understanding of the geographical and economic context of the region.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number The assignment will require students research and present relevant quantitative data.
Communication The written assessments will require students to express their understanding in writing.
Improving own Learning and Performance The written assessments will need to build on learning materials and be written to a deadline.
Information Technology The assignment will require students to locate and download data from the Internet and to use electronic sources of information. This will be both quantitative and qualitative in nature. The assignment will be word processed and written in report style.
Personal Development and Career planning Knowledge and skills acquired will assist students in studying further tourism modules and to prepare for the world of work in the tourism industry.
Problem solving Lecture discussions will get the students thinking about problem solving in teams and individually.
Research skills Students will be expected to undertake research in completing their written assessments.
Subject Specific Skills The module will provide students with a baseline of knowledge to understand the tourism industry and employment opportunities. Knowledge gained in this course will be fundamental to application in future modules.
Team work Students will work in small groups in class discussions and field trips.


This module is at CQFW Level 4