Module Identifier RS12810  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Raymond D Youell  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Practical   6 Hours 2 x 3 hour  
  Lecture   22 Hours 11 x 2 hour  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 4, 5  50%
Semester Assessment Report on the development of tourism in a selected country Assignment: Outcomes assessed: 3 and 5  50%
Supplementary Assessment Students who fail the module overall will be required to retake the element(s) that led to the failure. 

Learning outcomes

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

1.   define the concept of tourism and understand its context within leisure;
2.   recognise the economic significance of the international tourism industry;
3.   describe the principal economic, environmental and socio-cultural factors influencing tourism;
4.   state the nature of the demand for tourism;
5.   describe the main tourism industry sectors and explain their relative significance.

Brief description

This module introduces students to the nature, scope and significance of the international tourism industry through a systematic exploration of key industry sectors. The module also investigates the principal issues surrounding tourism development and helps develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work in tourism.


The module will provide students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the concept, meaning and nature of tourism. They will learn to identify the nature and scope of the international tourism industry, describe the structure and organisation of tourism industry sectors, and examine the issues surrounding the development of tourism.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
Students are required to complete a written report on the development of tourism as part of their assessment, thereby contributing to the development of their independent project work skills.

.2 IT and information handling
The report on the development of tourism industry will be word processed and will include graphical data on the scope and scale of tourism in the selected country.

.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
Practical sessions will require students to analyse and interpret numerical data relating to the international tourism industry.

.7 Self-management
In completing the necessary research for their assessments, students will be expected to manage their own time and plan the effective use of learning resources.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Youell, R (1998) Tourism: an introduction Addison Wesley Longman
Burns P and Holden A (1995) Tourism: A new perspective Prentice Hall
Cooper C et al (1998) Tourism: Principles and practice Longman
Holloway C (1998) The business of tourism 5th. Longman


This module is at CQFW Level 4