THMGT502-22B (HAM)

Tourism Development and the Environment

30 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper will enhance the capabilities of students to understand and critically analyse issues relating to the sustainable management, planning and development of tourism.

This paper will be delivered as a FLEXI paper. This means that your learning can be done both face-to-face (on-campus) and online, giving you lots of flexibility as to where and how you learn during the trimester.

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Paper Structure

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This Level 5 paper provides an in-depth analysis of the linkages between sustainable tourism development, destination management and impacts of tourism at the destination.


This paper fosters active learning and gives due recognition to participants’ point of view based on previous learning or work experience. The paper consists of components such as lectures, discussions, and presentations to achieve the learning objectives of the course.

The session structure is expected to enable students to:

  • Gain a greater appreciation of the key issues,
  • Develop appropriate reading of journal articles for each topic
  • Develop critical and analytical skills,
  • Develop written and oral skills
  • Actively participate in discussion and debate over contemporary issues in tourism development and the environment.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes
    1. Explain the evolution of tourism planning, management and development thought.
    2. Justify the need for planning in tourism development.
    3. Judge the role of research in tourism planning and development.
    4. Critically review the literature in reference to a sustainable tourism development issue
    5. Construct and present a written research report based on an original research project relating to a pertinent issue of tourism planning and development.
    6. Orally present research findings
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Paper Grading:

C- 50-541

Please see the assessment grading chart below. Students must note that none of the assessments for this paper are compulsory since you are responsible for your own learning and work programme.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Journal Summary and Presentation Sustainable Tourism
28 Jul 2022
12:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Journal Summay Community Participation
4 Aug 2022
12:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Journal Summary Tourism Policy & Governance
11 Aug 2022
12:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Journal Summary Destination Marketing and Destination Management
18 Aug 2022
12:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Essay
28 Aug 2022
12:00 PM
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6. Class particpation
7 Oct 2022
3:00 PM
  • Other:
7. Research Project Presentation
7 Oct 2022
1:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
8. Research Project
16 Oct 2022
9:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Journal articles listed for each topic on Moodle.

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Recommended Readings

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Recommended Textbooks:

  • Chris Cooper. (2021). Essentials of Tourism (3rd ed.). Sage.
  • Kelly Bricker, Rosemary Black, & Stuart Cottrell. (2013) Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals (1st ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN: 978-1-4496-2823-9
  • Page, S. J. and Connell, J. (2020). Tourism: A modern synthesis (5th ed.). Routledge.
  • Charles R. Goeldner, & J. R. Brent Richie. (2011). Tourism: Principles, Practices, Philosophies (12th ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Slocum, Susan L., Abena Aidoo, Kelly McMahon. (2020). The Business of Sustainable Tourism Development and Management (1st ed.). Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-138-49214-1
  • Ryan, Chris. (2020). Advanced Introduction to Tourism Destination Management. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
  • C. Michael Hall. (2008). Tourism planning: Policies, processes and relationships (2nd ed.). Pearson Education.

Useful websites for this paper are:

Key tourism journals for this paper are:

  • Tourism Management
  • Journal of Travel Research.
  • Annals of Tourism Research
  • Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  • Journal of Ecotourism
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15. Plagiarism

Purpose Statement:

To ensure that students are aware that plagiarism is a disciplinable offence, and to provide them with the skills to avoid undertaking plagiarism the University and School have policies and procedures to protect and educate students and staff.


1. Plagiarism means "presenting as one's own work the work of another, and includes the copying or paraphrasing of another person's work in an assessment item without acknowledging it as the other person's work through full and accurate referencing; it applies to assessment presented through a written, spoken, electronic, broadcasting, visual performance or other medium." (University of Waikato, Assessment Regulations).

2. Plagiarism is prohibited by University regulations and is a disciplinable offence. (Refer to the Assessment Regulations clause 8.2 and 8.3 located in the Calendar). A breach of the Assessment Regulations is defined as misconduct under the Discipline Regulations (clause 6(2)(d).).

3. Disciplinary action taken against students established as having plagiarised will be determined by the extent of the plagiarism and the standard of scholarship reasonably expected of the student given their level within the University. A lack of awareness of the regulations relating to plagiarism will not be accepted as an acceptable defence to a plagiarism charge.

4. Discipline action taken against students suspected of plagiarism or cheating must be dealt with under the University Discipline and Assessment regulations. Within the School only chief examiners/chairpersons may be delegated authority to impose penalties for plagiarism or other breaches of the Discipline and Assessment regulations (see procedure below). Individual staff members cannot alter grades in order to impose a penalty.

5. The School reserves the right to subject all assignments and other coursework submitted towards papers in the School to scrutiny via an electronic plagiarism detection tool.

6. It is the responsibility of each member of the academic staff to take reasonable steps to identify and report cases of plagiarism in the papers they are responsible for. This would normally involve reviewing the Turnitin reports associated with at least one piece of assessment in each paper.


1. Staff must ensure that students are aware of, and understand that it is the student's responsibility to read and act upon the University plagiarism policies and regulations. Similarly, it is the student's responsibility to read and act upon the School's policy and procedure. (A standard policy document is included in the common policies section of electronic paper outlines, and this manual is available to students via MyWeb).

2. Students will be required to submit all assignments having signed the following statement;

“I certify that this assignment is all my own work and does not include any copying or paraphrasing of another person's work. Where I have referred to another person's work I have referenced in accordance with Waikato Management School's referencing policy (as stated in the Waikato Management School Quality Assurance Manual.) I understand that Waikato Management School may submit this assignment to a web-based plagiarism detection tool and give permission for the assignment to be used in that way."

"I certify that no part of this assignment has already been counted for assessment in this paper or any other paper."

3. For assignments submitted in hard copy, students will be unable to print a cover sheet for the assignment without electronically signing this statement.

4. In the case of electronic submission students will be unable to submit the assignment without electronically signing this statement.

5. For group assignments the student printing the cover sheet or electronically submitting the assignment will be required to sign for the group.

6. If a student is suspected of plagiarism the Summary Jurisdiction process shall be followed in accordance with the University’s Student Discipline Regulations (Part 3 Clause 14 and 15):

Summary jurisdiction is described in the University Calendar as a process for dealing with a complaint of misconduct, where a designated person has authority, individually, to obtain and hear evidence, arrive at a judgement and, within the terms of that authority as defined in the Student Discipline Regulations 2008, impose a penalty (Student Discipline Regulations Part 1 Clause 4)

1) Summary jurisdiction may be delegated to Chief Examiners (for the School this means department chairs, and for Corporate & Executive Education this means the Director of the Centre for Corporate & Executive Education) with respect to cases of alleged plagiarism or cheating provided that:

a) the chief examiner has followed the process prescribed by the Chairperson of the Student Discipline Committee for requesting and exercising that delegated authority.

b) the complaint involves alleged plagiarism or cheating in a 100 or 200 level item of internal assessment which is worth less than 33% of the total assessment for the paper concerned.

c) the student who is the subject of the complaint has not previously been found guilty of misconduct under these regulations, and

d) the student against whom the complaint is made accepts the delegated authority of the chief examiner.

(Student Discipline Regulations Part 3 Clause 15)

If a suspected case meets all of the above criteria, chairpersons should follow procedures as detailed in the summary jurisdiction process. (Refer to the University Calendar Clause 15, Student Discipline Regulations). In all other circumstance the matter will be referred directly to the Chairperson, or through the Secretary, of the University Disciplinary Committee.

7. A Plagiarism Database will be maintained by the Manager of the University Assessment Office.

8. The School has purchased and operates a plagiarism detection tool. This tool works on assignments that have been submitted electronically and provides automatic bulk reports. Paper convenors will be advised of any cases picked up by the detection tool.

9. For assignments submitted as hard copy, via class forum or by e-mail individual assignment/s can be run through the tool on request by the paper convenor.

10. Students submitting research reports, directed studies, reports of an investigation, dissertations and theses for assessment are required to accept that they may be submitted to a plagiarism detection tool.

11. Supervisors of research reports, directed studies, reports of an investigation, dissertations and theses may request that they be submitted to a plagiarism detection tool. In cases in which the research is confidential the supervisor should request that when the item is submitted it is not stored on the eternal database used by the plagiarism detection tool.

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Moodle will be used for online support for this paper
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This is a 30 point paper.

Student Time Requirements for Course (Average 20 hours per week)
Course Requirement: (Total Time Required 300 hours)

Course RequirementHours
Preparation for Lectures 16
Journal Summaries50
Research Project Presentation20
Research Project130
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