Module code: MAN2102

Module Overview

As the tourism industry solidifies itself as a major driver in world economies, it is important for students to understand the role transportation plays in attracting and disseminating visitors within a destination. Transportation systems and their supporting infrastructure can be complex often requiring significant capital investments and an alignment with a destination’s overarching tourism policy.

This module investigates access, growth and demand for a variety of transportation options and balances these considerations against sustainable environmental and economic outcomes.

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

THOMOPOULOS Nikolas (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: N810

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

MAN1066 (Business of Tourism) is a pre-requisite for this module

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Conceptual frameworks of transportation

  • Transportation and the link to destination development

  • Transportation policy and implications to the tourism industry

  • The airline industry (full service to low cost)

  • Airports and peripheral tourism development

  • Railways

  • The cruise industry and the drive for more adventure

  • Private/Public transport (car hire, Greyhound, Megabus)

  • The environmental impacts of tourism transportation

  • The economic impacts of tourism transportation

  • Tourism transport: Future trends and product development

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework INDIVIDUAL ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 50
Coursework GROUP ASSIGNMENT (3000 WORDS) 50

Alternative Assessment

For group assignment where individual resit is required, there will be a scaled-down individual assignment on a given topic (1000 words).

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of tourism transportation and the extent to which they have been able to evaluate the issues.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Individual essay (50%) submitted in week 6. This 2000 word assignment assesses student's critical discussion of key concepts, issues and trends in relation to tourism transportation.

  • Group assignment (50%) submitted in week 11. This 3000-word group assignment is designed to encourage students to critically explore key aspects of the transportation system in relation to the development of the tourism industry and the destination as a whole.

Formative assessment and feedback

Unmarked formative feedback will be provided to students through a range of approaches, including verbal feedback through question and answer sessions in class and discussions on SurreyLearn.

Module aims

  • Investigate the growth and demand for tourism transportation;
  • Examine the differing motives between public and private stakeholders;
  • Explore new developments in technology, consumer trends and sustainable initiatives all aimed at providing an integrated transportation system that is cost effective and fits within a sustainable future.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate an understanding of the main tourism policies that impact on various sectors of the transportation industry KC
2 Recognise the developments and future trends in the airline, cruise and passenger surface transportation sectors KC
3 Examine the economic and environmental impacts transportation systems and infrastructures have on destinations KC
4 Discuss trends and product development and assess the role of tourism transport supply into the future ; KC
5 Improve analytical, communication and team working skills through information gathering, material synthesis and group coursework T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to offer insights into the role and impact of transport and transportation systems on the development of the tourism product. Students will examine different industry sectors and appraise the benefits and drawbacks of these provisions against varying stakeholder interests. Students completing this module will appreciate the need for an integrated transportation strategy in terms of the development of tourism destinations and the need to invest in product development to establish future competitive advantages.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 3-hour lecture per week x 11 weeks, with a range of specialisms designed to provide a framework of knowledge;

  • In-class exercises, case studies and discussion topics will highlight contemporary issues and allow the students to form and challenge perspectives from the vested stakeholders;

  • Visiting speakers will ensure students appreciate the relevance of the material to the current industry.

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.

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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 2022/3 academic year.