ECOTOUR 2500 - Perspectives in Science Based Ecotourism II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Assessment Major report, e-quizzes, final exam, mini-conference
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Felicity Coutts

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On 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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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 Modes
    The 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 Summary
    The 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 Requirements
    Attendance 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.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching.
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
    e-quiz x 5 Summative 10% No 1,3,5 Weeks 2-6
    Mini-conference and workshop Summative 15% No 1,4,5 Week 9
    Final exam Summative 25% No 1,3,4 Exam period
    Practical report x 5 Summative 25% No 1-5 Week 3,4,5,6,7
    Essay Formative and Summative 25% 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
    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 Detail
    E-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.

    Essay (total of 25%)
    Students will prepare a 2,0000 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.

    Practical Reports (total of 25%)
    Students will complete 5 written assignments worth 5% each based on the practical session.

    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.
    Submission of Assigned Work:  Coversheets must becompleted and attached to all submitted work. Instructions on how to submit
    your work and coversheets will be provide on MyUni.

    If 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.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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