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Module Title
Adventure And Activity Tourism
Reference BS1242 Version 5
Created January 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 7
Approved December 2003 SCQF Points 15
Amended June 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide the student with an understanding of adventure and activity based tourism, and the issues involved in supervision of tourism activity centres.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Explain the theoretical concepts and the philosophy of adventure and activity tourism.
2 Describe the issues and factors that affect the supply of, and demand for, adventure and activity based tourism.
3 Apply the theories of group dynamics in an adventure and activity tourism situation.
4 Explain the types of problems which may arise in the supervision and control of group based activities and propose solutions.

Indicative Module Content
The historical development of special interest and activity tourism; demand and supply of adventure and activity tourism; value of outward bound exercises in relation to personal development; practical applications of team building and group dynamics.

Module Delivery
Fundamental concepts are introduced and illustrated through lectures. The understanding of students is tested and further enhanced through student centred learning exercises and interactive tutorial sessions. The application of theory to practice is facilitated through an adventure and activity based field study residential programme, on which the assessment is based.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 60 60
Non-Contact Hours 90 90
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Case Study Report. To contextualise adventure and activity tourism, with reference to Activity and Special Interest Tourism

Explanatory Text
The module is assessed by one component: C1 - Coursework - 100% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60-69%
C 50-59%
D 40-49%
E 35-39%
F 0-34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

Students may be expected to contribute to the costs of the field study residential programme.

1 BUCKLEY, R., 2007. Adventure tourism products: price, duration, size, skill, remoteness. Tourism Management, 28(6), pp.1428-1433.
2 Buckley, R.C., 2015. Adventure thrills are addictive. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, p.1915.
3 CATER, C.I., 2006. Playing with risk? Participant perceptions of risk and management implications in adventure tourism. Tourism Management, 27(2), pp.317-325.
4 PAGE, S.J., STEELE. W. and CONNELL,J., 2006. Analysing the promotion of adventure tourism: a case study of Scotland. Journal of Sport and Tourism, 11(1), pp.51-76.
5 SWARBROOKE, J. et al., 2001. Adventure tourism: the new frontier. London: Butterworth Heinemann. ebook
6 VISITSCOTLAND, 2016. Scotland: the key facts on tourism in 2015. [online] Edinburgh: VisitScotland. Available from: [Accessed 14 September 2016].
7 FIEGER, P., PRAYAG, G. and BRUWER, J. 2017 ‘Pull’ motivation: an activity-based typology of international visitors to New Zealand, Current Issues in Tourism, pp.1-30

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