ENVT5003 Sustainable Nature-based Tourism

6 points
(see Summer Timetable)
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Summer teaching periodAlbanyMulti-mode
This unit is designed to enhance students' knowledge of the theory and practice of nature-based tourism. Based on a detailed investigation of the core principles (nature, learning and sustainability) of ecotourism and outdoor recreation, students develop a generic evaluation framework, and then test this framework of criteria for selected nature-based tourism destinations to assess the level of ‘fit' of these case studies against the principles of nature-based tourism. Through these activities, students explore the relationship between ecotourism and outdoor recreation, adventure and cultural tourism, gain a better understanding of the nature of nature-based tourism clients, develop skills to assess the impacts of nature-based tourism on the environment and on local communities, and assess how successful the case study nature-based tourism destinations have been in terms of environmental education, contribution to conservation, and contributions to the local community. Protected natural areas are valued both for their role as conservation areas and as areas for recreation. This case study approach introduces students to the theoretical foundation necessary for the effective development, implementation and management of sustainable nature-based tourism activities in these protected natural areas.
Students are able to (1) apply their knowledge of the concepts underpinning sustainable nature-based tourism to critically evaluate nature-based tourism destinations and activities; (2) evaluate data from appropriately designed questionnaires to gain a better understanding of motivation, attitude and behaviours of nature based tourists and visitors; (3) demonstrate their knowledge of the environmental impacts of nature-based activities to develop and implement a monitoring plan to assess and manage these impacts; (4) demonstrate in-depth knowledge of selected concepts underpinning sustainable nature-based tourism; and (5) communicate the findings of their evaluations in the form of a report.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) questionnaire data report (individual); (2) evaluation report (group); and (3) monitoring report (individual). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paul Close
Unit rules
Enrollment in 72520 Master of Biological Science,
72530 Master of Environmental Science,
70630 Master of Science
approval of the unit coordinator.
ENVT5506 Core Principles of Ecotourism
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field trip (estimated cost - $55/d).
Contact hours
Six week teaching period; 5 weeks on-line, 1 week face-to-face in Albany

Online components include weekly 'Collaborate' sessions run through LMS.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-SUMM-F_2019]
This unit uses a blended learning approach for delivery and has on-line and face-to-face components. It includes a compulsory field trip to Albany in week three (7-10 January 2019).
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