ECOTOUR 2500 - Perspectives in Science Based Ecotourism II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code ECOTOUR 2500 Course Perspectives in Science Based Ecotourism II Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 8 hours in first 6 weeks Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course helps students develop a broad understanding of the principles, context and practice of scientific ecotourism, and its function within the framework of Australian and international tourism. Students will develop skills in research and critical thinking by assessing current literature and relevant case studies pertaining to the discipline. Topics may include: fundamentals of ecotourism, geotourism and nature-based tourism, biodiversity, geodiversity and cultural heritage, the role of science in tourism, current issues in sustainable tourism, heritage management and conservation, 'voluntourism' and citizen science, principles of interpretation, management of ecotourism destinations, and case studies from Australia and overseas.
Course Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Reed
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 understand the principles, context and practice of scientific ecotourism; 2 develop skills in critical thinking and research by analysing scientific ecotourism case studies; 3 understand key issues related to sustainable use of ecotourism destinations; 4 understand the key elements of good interpretation and use these to communicate science concepts;and 5 critically appraise current ecotourism practices and gain experience in engaging with industry partners.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,4,5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,3,5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course consists of two one-hour lecture sessions per week for 6 weeks plus four-hour practical classes for 5 weeks. There will be a mini-conference which will consist of 2 days with 6 hours of lectures and workshops per day.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryThe course consists of two one-hour lecture sessions per week for 6 weeks plus four-hour practical classes for 5 weeks. There will be a mini-conference which will consist of 2 days with 6 hours of lectures and workshops per day.
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance for the mini-conference is compulsory. This will comprise 2 days (6 hours) of lectures and presentations by industry partners and guest lecturers, with students presenting as well. Practicals are compulsory and will form the basis of the report and part of the exam.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Due e-quiz x 5 Summative 10% No 1,3,5 Weeks 2-5 Mini-conference and workshop Summative 15% No 1,4,5 Week 6 Final exam Summative 25% No 1,3,4 Exam period Major report Formative and Summative 50% No 1,2,3 Week 10
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Item with Hurdle or Compulsory component % needed to meet hurdle or requirement to meet compulsory component Additional Assessment Available Yes/No Explanation Mini Conference Satisfactory completion of the mini-conference
The mini-conference cannot be run again Practicals Satisfactory completion of all practicals Yes in most cases In most cases students can make up validly missed practicals where possible.
Assessment DetailE-quiz (total of 10%)
Students will complete 5 quizzes during semester (each worth 2%). Quizzes will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions. These quizzes will test progressive comprehension of lecture and practical material, notably key facts and concepts.
Mini-conference and workshop (total of 15%)
Students will participate in a mini-conference which will consist of themed presentations and discussion sessions presented by industry professionals and academics. Students will each present a 10-minute presentation covering key issues around one of the conference themes (10%). Each student will be required to participate in a panel discussion/Q&A session which will be worth 5%. This will relate to the theme of their presentation topic.
Major Report (total of 50%)
Students will prepare a 2,500 word report that comprises their own individual, critical research on a topical issue in science-based ecotourism. Students will be able to choose a topic from a list provided by the course coordinator. These topics will reflect material covered in the lectures and build on case studies presented during lectures and practicals.
Final Exam (total of 25%)
The final theory exam will examine all components of the course. It will consist of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions.
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the
assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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