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Module Title
Tourism Hospitality Environment and Industry

Tourism, Leisure, International, Economic, Social, Political, Environmental

SCQF Points30
ECTS Points15
CreatedMay 2002
ApprovedJune 2003
AmendedAugust 2016
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF 7 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide the student with an understanding of the travel, tourism, leisure and hospitality industries and their importance to national and international economies.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Understand and apply theoretical concepts and models relevant to the leisure and tourism academic disciplines
2. Appraise the public and private sector structure in place to deliver national tourism. This will include key stakeholders: National Tourism Organisations (NTOs), Destination Management Organisations (DMOs), trade associations, local government, and national governments.
3. Appreciate the: social, economic, political, and environmental costs and benefits of tourism in the widest sense (individual, business, nationally and as a society)
4. Appraise the concepts of sharing economy and experience economy in the context of tourism
5. Appraise national and global travel provision and its links with the wider tourism industry
6. Understand how cultural variables affect management decisions within the tourism and hospitality industries

Indicative Module Content

The development of the travel, tourism, leisure and hospitality industries will be studied in relation to both the micro and macro environments in which they operate; the political and economic importance of the industries in regional, national and international contexts are balanced against the social and environmental consequences of developing tourism related industries; the managerial and operational strategies currently associated with the four industries are highlighted. The industries are analysed in the context of the wider global environment. Who the tourist is, key tourist destinations and the tourism product offered. A geographical focus on domestic and international tourism destinations.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time
Study Trips

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Key concepts are introduced and illustrated through the use of lectures, tutorial sessions, field trips, case studies, student centred learning exercises, industrial visits and guest lectures.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3
Component 2 4,5,6

Coursework one will consist of a group presentation worth 50%

Coursework two will consist of an individual report worth 50%

Indicative Bibliography

1.FLETCHER, J. et al., 2013. Tourism: Principles and Practice. 5th ed. Harlow: Pearson Education Publishing.
2.PAGE, S. and CONNELL, J., 2014. Tourism; a modern synthesis. 4th ed. London: Cengage Learning. ebook
3.INKSON, C. and MINNAERT, L., 2018. Tourism Management 2nd Ed. London: Sage. ebook

Additional Notes

Students may be required to contribute to the costs of field visits.

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