Master of Ecotourism (coursework and dissertation)

The multidisciplinary Master of Ecotourism degree provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in the growing ecotourism, or nature-based tourism industry. The course has a strong emphasis on hands-on field work and the development of partnerships with the tourism industry. On successful completion of the course, students will have the ability to manage existing ecotourism enterprises sustainably, design and implement new ventures, and embark on a research career in ecotourism. The variety of subjects studied include ecotourism in theory and practice, understanding biodiversity and landscapes, cultural heritage and Indigenous knowledge, interpretation and science communication, and environmental policy and planning. The environmental and social impacts of ecotourism are explored through selected case studies.

Course structure

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Botany; Conservation Biology; Environmental Science; Geography; Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage; Marine Science; Natural Resource Management; Science Communication; Zoology; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion unit(s) up to the value of 24 points

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1BIOL1130Frontiers in Biology
lectures: 2 or 3 hours per week; practicals: up to 3 hours per week (8 per semester)
 ENVT1103Natural History
S2SCIE1104Science, Society and Data Analysis
Co-requisites:
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathematics Methods; WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B; or equivalent or higher.
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week; computer labs: 2 hours per week
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences or ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
5 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

Take all units (66 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
 ENVT4404Environmental Planning and Management
 ENVT5505Biodiversity and Landscapes
 ENVT5506Core Principles of Ecotourism
 ENVT5507Ecotourism in Practice
S1, S2ENVT5580Ecotourism Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Ecotourism (73510)
regular (usually weekly) contact with supervisor
S1, S2ENVT5581Ecotourism Research Project Part 2
Co-requisites:
ENVT5580 Ecotourism Research Project Part 1
weekly meetings with supervisor
S1, S2ENVT5582Ecotourism Research Project Part 3
Co-requisites:
ENVT5580 Ecotourism Research Project Part 1, ENVT5581 Ecotourism Research Project Part 2
weekly meetings with supervisors
S1, S2ENVT5583Ecotourism Research Project Part 4
Co-requisites:
ENVT5582 Ecotourism Research Project Part 3
weekly meetings with supervisor
NSHERI5102Foundations in Heritage Management
4 hours per week (over 6 weeks from week 1)
 SCOM5702Exhibitions and Interpretation
S2SSEH5678Sport and Recreation Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Ecotourism (coursework) (73510) or the Master of Health Science (coursework) (71540) or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390) or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520)

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
This unit is block-taught during the summer semester and involves a field trip of five days plus travel time at a a cost of up to 0 to the student, plus up to three days of lectures and planning (including occupational health and safety) and up to four days of analysis and presentation of results. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours, 80 of which are contact hours.
 BIOL4409Ecological Field Methods
 BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity
N/ALAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 73210 Graduate Certificate in Ecotourism (24 points)
  • 73310 Graduate Diploma in Ecotourism (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Ecotourism course before completing it, but completes ENVT5506 Core Principles of Ecotourism and three other core units at Level 4 or Level 5, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Ecotourism.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Ecotourism course before completing it, but completes ENVT5506 Core Principles of Ecotourism and ENVT5507 Ecotourism in Practice and six other units at Level 4 or Level 5, two of which must be core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Ecotourism.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed prior tertiary studies in natural or biological sciences, or equivalent, are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent, which is calculated based on —

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.