TOUR20025 - Climate Change and Managing Tourism Risk
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In the short term, tourism destinations face numerous types of risks including naturally occurring risks such as those associated with weather and geological forces as well as economic and political disruptions. Climate change has been identified as posing a long term risk to the economic and environmental sustainability of many tourism destinations. Coastal destinations and regions which rely on the beauty of their natural environment to attract tourists are particularly threatened. Unless managed effectively, risks of all type can reduce long term economic and environmental sustainability. This unit introduces students to a range of issues associated with risk management with a specific emphasis on climate change. Students will develop a better understanding of key aspects of risk and how businesses and destinations are able to identify and plan to manage risk. Student learning will include classroom and fieldwork experiences. By the conclusion of the unit students will have a sound theoretical understanding of the key aspects of risk identification and management.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Cairns
  • Distance

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
3. Presentation 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. evaluate the concept of risk and how various risks may affect tourism businesses and destinations;
  2. critique the concept of climate change and describe how the long term sustainability of destinations and natural areas may be affected;
  3. review and critically evaluate current models for managing tourism risk including climate change; and
  4. translate your ability to develop strategies to deal with risk, including climate change, and illustrate through a range of tourism destination settings.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Presentation    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  
3 - Presentation

Prescribed Textbooks

Tourism and Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation
Author/s: Daniel Scott, Michale Hall and Stefan Gossling Year: 2012
Edition: 1st Publisher: Routledge
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Crisis and Disaster Management for Touirsm
Author/s: Brent Richie Year: 2009
Edition: 1st Publisher: Channel View
City: Bristol
Country: UK
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorBruce Prideaux (b.prideaux@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Lecture 1

The Science of Climate Change

Texr: Chapter 1

Readings

1 Pang, S., McKercher, B. & Prideaux, B. (2013), Climate Change and Tourism: An Overview, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, (18(1-2), 4-20.

2. Hanna, Scarles, Cohen and Adams (2016)

Week 2 13-03-2017

Lecture 2

The Importance of Climate Change to the Long Term Sustainability of the Tourism Sector

Text: Chapter 3

Readings:

1. Scott, Hall & Gosslong (2016)

2. Scott and Becken (2010)

Week 3 20-03-2017

Lecture 3

The Impact of Climate Change on Destinations

Text: Chapter 5

Readings:

1. Prideaux, B. (2015), Climate change as a major crisis event: Implications for a tropical nature based destination, in Ruhanen, L. (Ed), Responding to Climate Change: Tourism Initiatives in Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO, Madrid, pp.182-189.

2. Pham, Simmons and Spurr (2010)

3. Turton et al (2010)

Week 4 27-03-2017

Lecture 4

Management of Carbon and Mitigation Strategies

Text: Chapter 4

Readings:

1. Su (2012)

2. Gossling and Schumacher (2010)

Week 5 03-04-2017

Lecture 5

Government and Industry Response - the Role of Mitigation

Text: Chapters 3 & 6

Readings

1. Prideaux, B., McKercher, B. and McNamara, K. (2013), Modelling a Tourism Response to Climate Change Using a Four Stage Problem Definition and Response Framework, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 18(1-2), 165-182. DOI:10.1080/10941665.2012.6885162. 2. Michailidou, Vlachokostas and Moussipoulos (2016)

3. Shakeela and Becken (2014)

4. Coles, Dinan and Warren (2015)

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Lecture 6

The Consumer Response to Climate Change

Text: Chapter 7

Readings:

1. McKercher, B., Prideaux, B. & Pang, S. (2013) Attitudes of Tourism Students to the Environment and Climate Change, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research., 18(1-2), 108-143. DOI:10.1080/10941665.2012.688514

2. Gossling, Scott, Hall, Ceron and Dubois (2012)

3 Ramis, M. and Prideaux, B. (2013), The importance of visitor perceptions in estimating how climate change will affect future tourists flows on the Great Barrier Reef, in Reddy, M and Wilkes, K. (eds), Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability, Routledge, London, pp. 173-188.

4. Steiger (2012)

5. McEnvoy, Gavin, Handley, McMorrow and Lindley (2008)

Written Assessment Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Lecture 7

Introduction to Tourism Crisis Management

Text:

Chapter 1 & 2

Week 8 01-05-2017

Lecture 8

Strategic Crisis Management

Text: Chapter 3

Week 9 08-05-2017

Lecture 9

Developing a Crisis Management Strategy

Text: Chapters 5 & 6

Week 10 15-05-2017

Lecture 10

Crisis Prevention and Disaster Mitigation

Text: Chapter 4

Week 11 22-05-2017

Lecture 11

Post Crisis Communications and Recovery

Text: Chapters 7 & 8

Practical and Written Assessment Due Friday (26 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Lecture 12

Presentations

Presentations

Presentation Due Wednesday (31 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

No Exam

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Climate change has emerged as a major, and in some cases divisive, issue that is vigorously debated at all levels of society. The vast majority of the scientific community supports the view that the Earth is warming as a result of human actions. Assuming that the scientific community is correct in its concern, and given the importance of climate and sustainable ecosystems to the long term viability of many tourism destinations, the tourism industry needs to begin factoring potential climate change impacts into its long term planning.

In this assignment you are to identify the major climate change related issues facing the tourism industry. Focusing on mitigation, adaptation and sustainability discuss the potential impact these factors might have in coming decades. Next, select one type of destination, eg a coastal area, a national park system with a temperature sensitive ecosystem, a ski region etc. Discuss the potential effects of climate change on the long-term sustainability of this destination type. In your discussion outline the type of adaptation strategies that may be available to cope with the adverse effects of climate change at the destination level.

Your assignment should be no longer than 2500 words excluding references.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Hardcopy
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Introduction (10 marks)

· Articulate the main purpose and relevant background information

Discussion (50 marks)

· Demonstrate an understanding of the major climate change factors affecting tourism

· Demonstrate an understanding of key terms such as mitigation, adaptation and sustainability

· Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of climate change at destination level

· Demonstrate an understanding of the type of adaptation strategies that may be implemented at the destination level

References (15 marks)

· Use of appropriate references to support discussion. A minimum of 10 academic references should be provided

Organisation and structure (15 marks)

· A clear and consistent flow of ideas

Presentation and style (10 marks)

· Adherence to standard writing conventions (i.e. spelling, punctuation, grammar, use of sentences and paragraphs)


Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. evaluate the concept of risk and how various risks may affect tourism businesses and destinations;

2. critique the concept of climate change and describe how the long term sustainability of destinations and natural areas may be affected;

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

The aim of this assessment task is to discuss the role of a crisis management plan at destination level. You should first outline the component parts of a crisis management plan. Next, using case studies published in the academic literature, demonstrate the role of each component of a crisis management plan. Finally, select a destination that has the potential to suffer a crisis event (a cyclone or earthquake for example) and outline how a crisis management plan may assist the destination’s tourism industry respond to a crisis event.

Your assignment should be no longer than 2500 words excluding 10 academic references.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Online
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Hard copy
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Introduction (10 marks)

· Articulation of the aim of the assessment and relevant background information

Discussion (50 marks)

· Demonstrate understanding of tourism crisis theory

· Demonstrate understanding of key elements of a destination crisis management plan

· Selection of appropriate case studies

· Justification of the selected destination and identification of potential crisis events

· Demonstrate an understanding of how crisis management plans can assist rapid recovery in the post crisis period.

References (15 marks)

· Use of appropriate references to support discussion

Organisation and structure (15 marks)

· A clear and consistent flow of ideas

Presentation and style (10 marks)

· Adherence to standard writing conventions (i.e. spelling, punctuation, grammar, use of sentences and paragraphs)

Referencing Style

American Psychological Association (APA)

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. review and critically evaluate current models for managing tourism risk including climate change; and

4. translate your ability to develop strategies to deal with risk, including climate change, and illustrate through a range of tourism destination settings.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

For many firms operating in the tourism sector, the long term nature of the predicted adverse impacts of climate change appear to have no relevance within their planning cycle which often runs over a 5-6 year period. However, climate change is a system wide problem and the impacts at the ecosystem level and to some extent on ambient temperatures, are beginning to affect destinations. Low altitude ski destinations are one example of destinations affected by climate change. The aim of this presentation is to outline strategies that firms within the destination type discussed in assessment 1 can implement to cope with the long term impacts of climate change.

Your presentation should include:

· Outline the type of impacts that can be expected at destination level

· Outline the general approach that has been recommended for tourism firms in terms of mitigation and adaptation

· Outline suggested strategies that individual firms can adopt to adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change.

· Outline the potential impact of climate change on long term sustainability of firms that fail to adopt adaptation strategies

· The final slide should contain a list of references.

Instructions

You have 15 minutes to deliver your presentation.

Weighting - 20%

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Wednesday (31-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Hardcopy
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Introduction 15 marks

· Articulates the main purpose of presentation and relevant background information

Content 50 marks

· Understanding of impacts at destination and firm levels

· Understanding of strategies

References 15 marks

· Use and presentation of references to support your arguments

Organisation and Structure 10 marks

· Structure or sequence of headings and titles and labelling of figures and tables

· Use of photographs, diagrams and tables

Presentation & Style 10 marks

· Spelling, punctuation, capitalisation and grammar

· Use of powerpoint


Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Presentations in class

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. review and critically evaluate current models for managing tourism risk including climate change; and

4. translate your ability to develop strategies to deal with risk, including climate change, and illustrate through a range of tourism destination settings.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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