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TO5005 - Managing Tourism in Protected Areas

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Business (pre 2015)

An advanced treatment of ecologically sustainable tourism development focussing particularly on ecotourism and the environment and the link with management of protected areas. Topics include the origins and conceptual background to this culturally and environmentally responsible form of nature tourism; its potential contribution to the promotion of environmental understanding and conservation and its impacts and their management. The subject includes a substantial fieldwork component and develops practical experience in the interpretation of a wide range of natural and cultural attractions. The subject takes an international perspective but there will be a strong focus on tourism to protected areas in Australia. Special emphasis will be placed on tourism to World Heritage Areas including North Queensland environments such as the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforests.

Learning Outcomes

  • a broad knowledge of the definitions, directions and difficulties with the concept of ecotourism;
  • ability to solve problems and develop strategies for superior ecotourism management;
  • an advanced understanding of the key issues in managing human-wildlife interactions in an ecologically sustainable way;
  • up to date knowledge of ecotourism operations and developments in North Queensland.
TO3025 TO5025 TO6025


Townsville, Block, Study Period 9
Census Date 09-Oct-2014
Face to face teaching 25-Sep-2014 to 05-Oct-2014 (Thurs 25/9 6pm - 9pm, Fri 26/9 AND Sat 4/10 AND Sun 5/10 9am-5pm AND Study Tour Sat 27 Sept to Thurs 2 Oct (9am-5pm))
Coord/Lect: Dr Alastair Birtles.
Workload expectations:
  • 21 hours lectures
  • 48 hours fieldwork
Assessment: presentations (20%); field trip logbook (40%); assignments (40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must obtain a final mark of at least 50% to pass the subject, and must obtain at least an average of 50% over all invigilated components to pass the subject.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.