This paper involves a period of one semester of supervised study on an approved research project resulting in the presentation for examination of a research project of a maximum of 25,000 words. The emphasis in the supervision of the students is on their development as independent researchers and all the skills associated with this - only one part of which is the production of the final document.
Recognising the close links between the academic study of tourism and the tourism industry and the benefits to both of theoretically informed research, TOUR 590 enables students to engage in projects that are either more academically or industry oriented, or a blending of the two. Consequently, all projects, irrespective of their specific nature, will be grounded in an awareness of relevant conceptual/theoretical debates and potential consequences for the tourism industry. Through their research project all students should be able to gain the skills necessary to successfully undertake a PhD or to work as researchers in the tourism industry.
The blending of the applied and academic sides of tourism in TOUR 590 is a reflection of the teaching throughout the MTour programme, which recognises the benefits to students, academia and industry of fostering links between academia and industry. This is based on a view that all stakeholders benefit from a programme such as our MTour programme, which combines pathways for students seeking to go on to further study and those wishing to enhance their professional career in the industry.
About this paper
Semester 2 (On campus)
1st Non standard period (21 October 2024 - 14 February 2025) (On campus)
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- TOUR 423, TOUR 424
- TOUR 590 is the final component of the Master of Tourism degree. This paper is only available for students who are enrolled in the Master of Tourism degree.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Tourism's website
- Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Professor Hazel Tucker
Supervisors: Department of Tourism academic staff
- Paper Structure
- TOUR 590 is available in either the first semester, second semester or over the summer break (mid-October to mid-February).
- Teaching Arrangements
- Independent research whilst under the supervision of a staff member.
- Textbooks are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will have:
- Gained significant knowledge and experience of undertaking individual research
- Demonstrated an ability to conduct individual research to a standard sufficient to be able to undertake further high-quality research, either in higher research-only degree programmes or outside of tertiary education