Module Identifier RS12910  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Mr Ian P Keirle  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Ioan Fazey  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 2 hour lecture per week  
  Practical   3 x 3 hour field visits to study UK tourism/recreation firsthand  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Outcomes assessed: 5 Written report or essay of approximately 2,500 words on a specific topic taken from the syllabus50%
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6  50%
Supplementary Assessment Students will be required to re-take the element(s) that led to failure of the module.100%

Learning outcomes

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

1. Define tourism, leisure and recreation.

2. Explain the historical development and current economic significance of UK tourism and recreation.

3. Explain the economic significance of the UK tourism and recreation industries.

4. Explain the roles and functions of the private, public and voluntary sectors in UK tourism and recreation.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the critical issues relevant to particular UK tourism and recreation sectors.

6. Describe the principal issues that will affect the future development of UK tourism and recreation.

Brief description

This module provides students with an overview of the tourism and recreation industries in the United Kingdom. It addresses the historical development and current significance of UK tourism and recreation through an exploration of private, public and not-for-profit industry sectors. The module also investigates the issue that will influence the future development of tourism and recreation in the UK.


This is an introductory module that will enable students to describe the scale, scope and significance of the UK tourism and recreation industries, identify the structure and organisation of UK tourism and recreation, and examine the issues surrounding the development of tourism and recreation in the UK.

Module Skills

Research skills Coursework will be project-based, requiring students to determine their own subject (within stated guidelines), choose a suitable research question and decide how they are going to address it. Students' ability to do this will be included in assessment criteria and marked.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be encouraged to develop realistic learning and self-management strategies through the use of project-based coursework. Students will need to manage their time input to completing the coursework on time and to a high standard.  
Information Technology The assignment will require students to make use of the Internet and data-retrieval systems (both bibliographical and statistical). Students' ability to track down and integrate suitable material will be assessed through the coursework assessment criteria.  
Application of Number Students will be expected to include numerical information in their coursework, including finding data, manipulating it and displaying it visually. This will be assessed through the coursework assessment criteria.  

Reading Lists

** General Text
Broadhurst, R. (2001) Managing Environments for Leisure and Recreation Routledge 0415200997
Curry, N. (1994) Countryside Recreation, Access and Land Use Planning E & F Spon 0419155503
Keirle, I (2002) Countryside Recreation Site Management: a Marketing Approach Routledge 041524885X
Page, S.J. (2003) Tourism Management: Managing for Change Butterworth-Heinemann 0750657529
Wales Tourist Board (2000) Achieving our Potential: A Tourism Strategy for Wales WTB
** Should Be Purchased
Sharpley, R (2003) Tourism and leisure in the countryside 3rd. Elm Publications 1854505009
Youell, R (1998) Tourism: an introduction Addison Wesley Longman, Harlow 0582356970
** Reference Text
Department of Culture, Media and Sport (1999) Tomorrow's tourism DCMS, London

English Tourism Council (1999) Insights ETC, London

Technical Reports
** Recommended Consultation
Reports of the Countryside Commission;Countryside Agency, Sports Councils, Countryside Council for Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage etc


This module is at CQFW Level 4