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Nature-Based Tourism (ENV278)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Nature-based tourism relies on the natural environment. The importance of ecology and planning frameworks for maintaining the natural environment on which nature-based tourism depends are investigated from both a theoretical perspective and as a real world work integrated learning experience. This exploration is linked to gaining an appreciation of the impacts of nature-based tourism and how these can be managed. Interpretation and visitor management are discussed as key management elements.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe the physical and biological environment and ecological processes on which nature based tourism depends.
2. Recognise the social context within which nature based tourism occurs.
3. Distinguish the environmental impacts brought about by nature based tourism activities in a range of marine and terrestrial environments.
4. Understand how to plan for and manage nature based tourism.
5. Develop interpretative programs for nature based tourism activities.
6. Develop a commitment to sustainably managing the natural environment as part of nature based tourism activities.
Timetabled Learning Activities · Workshops (optional external students): One introductory and 6 content workshops of 3 hours duration.
· Field trips: 2 x 5 hours (optional external students) to understand the ecology, impacts, planning and management of nature-based tourism - Field Trip One: Penguin Island and Shoalwater Marine Park - Field Trip Two: Yanchep National Park.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit incorporates a mixture of structured timetabled learning (workshops and field trips), self-directed learning, and moderated online discussion. Incorporating a mixture of approaches to teaching will allow students with different learning styles and modes of enrolment (external or internal) to achieve the unit learning outcomes. Communication and discussion with and amongst the students will be facilitated through the online learning system LMS, which is an integral component for this unit. Online resources include: * Discussion boards. * Prescribed textbook. * Additional readings and links to relevant and up to date materials. * Announcements.
Other Learning Experiences Production of a consultancy report as a real world simulation that develops vocational knowledge and skills.
Assessment Internal Students: Item 1: Oral Presentations15% Item 2: Consultancy Report 35% Item 3: Examination 50%
External Students Item 1: Oral presentations (LMS upload) 15% Item 2: Consultancy Report 35%
Item 4: Reflective Journal 10% Item 5: Examination 40%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENV279 Nature-Based Tourism may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Tourism and Events (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Nature Based Tourism
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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