production
Skip to Content

BU502M: INTERNATIONAL TOURISM MANAGEMENT (2022-2023)

Last modified: 21 Nov 2022 13:21


Course Overview

The course aims to help students develop a critical understanding of the developments in international tourism and how these may be positively reflected in management practice. It will enable students to develop the ability to understand the interconnectedness of international tourism with economic, technological, socio-cultural, psychological and political contexts. The course is intended to help students apply theories, understand policy implications, and integrate professional practice into tourism organizations. Students will become familiar with, and draw on, practical projects and case studies to inform practice from a range of national and international organisations in the commercial, public, and third sectors.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Xiaoqing Chen

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Msc In International Tourism Management (September Start) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course explores a variety of perspectives on the functions of management within the tourism industry, showing how tourism has evolved as a business, how the tourism industry is structured, and how tourism businesses operate at a destination and in a global context.

Students will learn to analyse critically the impacts of international tourism and suggest informed solutions and directions, and their professional development will be underpinned by knowledge, research and critical analysis skills required to make a valuable contribution to the strategic management and development of tourism organisations.

Indicative content includes:

  • Stakeholders in tourism
  • Business environment in tourism and strategic response
  • Marketing in tourism
  • Tourism investment
  • Management of tour operators
  • Management of air transport
  • Managing tourism impacts
  • Globalisation and tourism management

Internationalisation

Tourism, in itself, is a globally significant subject and it is taught using a number of international case studies, covering examples from every continent in the world.

Sustainability 

The entire module is dedicated to embedding sustainable principles into tourism management. Thus, sustainability is a fundamental aspect of the curriculum and the aim of the course is to encourage future tourism practitioners and managers to develop a sustainable perspective.

External Engagement

Guest speakers from academia and industry (e.g., Destination Management/Marketing Organizations) will be invited when appropriate.

Employability

Students develop their understanding of how to apply tourism management principles in a sustainable manner through assessments based on real-life cases. Through guest lectures, engagement with external organisations allows students to gain insights from and connections with tourism practitioners.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University week11
  • 5 Lectures during University week12
  • 2 Lectures during University week13
  • 5 Seminars during University week12

More Information about Week Numbers


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 27
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Critical Review Essay

Word Count 1500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 38
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Case Study Report

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Oral Presentation: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

10-slide, 20-minute presentations at the end of the teaching week. Feedback will be provided.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Critical Review Essay

Word Count 1000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

The aim of this assessment is to provide an examination of all the intended learning for this course. The students will be given a topic or a tourism management organization case report and will be asked to prepare an argumentative essay reflecting on the nature of the managerial problem, the evidence at hand, the appropriate management principles, theories, or concepts to rely on to analyse and address the problem. In the case of re-sitting, the student will NOT be allowed to work on the same topic as they did for their first attempt, although the structure will remain the same. The student will have to select a new topic for his/her re-sit.

Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate theory-rich & timely knowledge of tourism planning contextualised by comprehending the ethical issues in tourism management, which can ameliorate economic, societal and environment impacts
ConceptualEvaluateCritically evaluate the impact of globalisation/internationalization on tourism and evaluate its role in reshaping tourism and its impacts for a wide range of stakeholders
FactualEvaluateCritically evaluate current practices in international tourism and develop advanced management strategies for tourism organisations and be able to implement them for a variety of tourism stakeholders
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate relevant research techniques and methods used to create, interpret and disseminate knowledge (e.g., management plan) in the context of tourism management
ConceptualAnalyseCritically analyse strategic problems facing international tourism including the responsibilities associated with global communications and marketing, and develop transformative solutions
ReflectionEvaluateDemonstrate reflective skills of self-management and independence in terms of individual initiative and enterprise, taking responsibility for personal learning and continuous professional development

Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.