Module code: MANM162

Module Overview

The destination lies at the heart of tourism activities. This module explores the development of tourist destinations, in particular it focuses on the influences on the development; the approaches to understanding and implementing development and the consequences of development. Tourist destinations are developed as the result of the interplay of public policy and private development. This module explores the relationship between the public dimensions and the private dimensions of tourism. In doing so it considers the nature of public policy, planning and development; it reviews the roles of the various stakeholders and it considers the outcomes of tourism development in a variety of contexts including for example in relation to poverty alleviation.

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

FONT Xavier (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N832

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Models, theories and examples of policy making for tourism

  • Models and theories planning

  • Models and theories of development

  • The public sector’s role in in planning and development

  • Planning and development regulation

  • Principles and practice of site and location selection

  • Stakeholder theory and practice

  • Tourism organisation

  • Issues raised by tourism

  • Reaching decisions in tourism destinations

  • Tourism in less developed countries

  • Tourism and policy alleviation

  • Case study examples.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 2000 WORDS 60
Coursework GROUP REPORT 5000 WORDS 40

Alternative Assessment

Group report 5000 words - Report on individual basis (2500 words)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding as well as their ability to critique and analyse the issues covered during the module. For this the strategy allows them to chose to focus on one particular issue or aspect of the material covered and also requires them to take an overview of development issues in a more general way. The strategy also requires them to explore theoretical issues and well as practical issues by asking them to relate the theory to particular examples of tourism development.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • One individual essay (2000 words)

  • One group assignment presented as a joint class presentation and a joint written report (5000 words)

Formative assessment and feedback

For the individual essay the students will initially prepare and submit an outline on which they will receive written individual feedback before submitting the summative version. They will also receive written individual feedback on the summative assignment as well as general class feedback. For the group assignment the students will receive written feedback for each group on their class presentation and on the written report.

Module aims

  • To provide an in depth understanding of tourism development and the various theories that help to understand the development process in tourism.
  • To provide a critical appreciation of the nature of public policy and planning in relation to tourism development.
  • To evaluate the role and relevance of the various organisations involved in the development of the tourism destination.
  • To evaluate the critical importance of the various stakeholders in tourism development
  • To assess critically the implications and impacts of tourism development for economies and societies in general and with specific relation to developing countries.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand the nature of and interrelationships between tourism development, planning and policies KC
2 Have a critical awareness of the organisational structure created by government for tourism KC
3 Evaluate critically the issues behind development, planning, and policies in tourism KC
4 Evaluate critically the roles of the stakeholders in tourism
5 Understand the ways in which tourism raises issues (economic, social, environmental) in a range of different settings and be familiar with related impact assessment KC
6 Be familiar with the implications of different types of tourism and different impacts for policy, development and planning decisions. KC
7 Critique and evaluate the relationships between the implications of tourism in different settings and the public and private sector decisions KC
8 Recognise and appreciate how to deal with conflicting priorities KC
9 Understand the background and nature of tourism in less developed countries KC
10 Evaluate tourism's role in poverty alleviation KC
11 Communicate in written form and orally T
12 Work in groups to reach decisions about development options T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The overall strategy for this module is for the lecturers to provide the basic framework for understanding the issues and, with the support of visiting speakers, to provide some detailed and practical examples. This then is supplemented by the students through their reading in connection with the topics covered in class; through reading more generally around the topics, to include both the academic literature and more practical reports; and through their preparation of an individual and group assignment, both of which will also require literature research. The module is structured so that the theoretical and key issues related to policy and development in tourism are covered in the earlier part of the semester. More detailed and practical issues are dealt with in the second part and in the assessment tasks

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures (2 hours per week for 11 weeks)

  • Seminars (up to 1 hour per week for 11 weeks)

  • Class discussions (included in above)

  • Case Studies (included in above)

  • Supporting material on Surreylearn

  • Guided reading

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for TOURISM DEVELOPMENT :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Tourism Management MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.