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Tourism Management (Including Foundation Year)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Tourism Management (Including Foundation Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree

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eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 0 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 IA104-3-PS Introduction to Business Management Core 30
02 IA106-3-PS Introduction to Economics Core 30
03 IA124-3-PS Mathematics and Statistics Core 30
04 IA191-3-PS Research and Academic Development Skills Core 30

Year 1 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE101-4-SP Compulsory 15
02 BE200-4-AU Compulsory 15
03 BE201-4-FY Compulsory 30
04 BE202-4-AU Compulsory 15
05 BE301-4-SP Compulsory 15
06 BE500-4-FY Compulsory 30
07 BE902-4-AU Compulsory 0
08 BE904-4-FY Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE221-5-AU Compulsory 15
02 BE417-5-AU Compulsory 15
03 BE516-5-AU Compulsory 15
04 BE222-5-SP Compulsory 15
05 Option(s) from list Optional 30
06 Option from list Optional 15
07 BE218-5-SP Compulsory 15
08 BE911-5-SP Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 BE245-6-AU Compulsory 15
02 BE246-6-SP Compulsory 15
03 BE241-6-SP Compulsory 15
04 BE441-6-FY Compulsory 30
05 BE935-6-SP Compulsory 15
06 Option from list Optional 30

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The course aims are:

• To develop the industry-specific managerial and leadership traits and capabilities necessary to succeed in the highly competitive tourism sector;
• To acquire the ability to think critically about processes of enterprise growth and internationalization, and to equip them with the knowledge, analytical skills, and tools for a career in the tourism and hospitality industry;
• To obtain an in-depth understanding of key concepts and issues surrounding the context, content, and processes involved in business creation and growth, and how they apply to the tourism industry at both domestic and international levels;
• To cultivate the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for a tourism professional to either develop their enterprise at home and abroad, or to pursue a career in world-class tourism businesses and organisations;
• To develop the ability of graduates to manage their own learning and personal development in the future.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Basic understanding of accounting concepts, the context in which accounting is situated and its function in organisation management (BM 3.4, 3.6, 3.7-FINANCE)
A2 Basic understanding of theories, policies and practices of business creation and growth (BM 3.4)
A3 Basic understanding of principles of economics and theories of the firm (BM 3.4,3.5)
A4 Basic understanding of the theoretical frameworks used to conceptualise the international business environment (BM 3.5, 3.7 MARKETS)
A5 Basic understanding of statistical concepts, quantitative methods and data analysis (BM 3.6)
A6 Basic understanding of the marketing concept, process and setting; application of strategic marketing planning and marketing mix for new ventures and small firms (BM 3.5, BM 3.7 MARKETING AND SALES, CUSTOMERS)
A7 Clear understanding of the Tourism business and its noteworthy importance to the local, regional, and global economy (BM 3.5)
A8 Clear understanding of the organisational behaviour and management issues within dynamic organisations and its role in managing organisational change (BM 3.4, 3.6 3.7 - PEOPLE, ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR, COMMUNICATIONS, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY)
A9 Clear understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks of consumer behaviour for decision-making and consumption, the application of market research to understanding markets and consumers (BM 3.6, 3.7-MARKETS, CUSTOMERS)
A10 Comprehension of developments in terms of internationalisation of tourism and the way technological and IT improvements impact on the distribution of tourism products and services (BM 3.5, 3.7-MARKETS, BUSINESS INNOVATION, INFORMATION SYSTEMS)
A11 Comprehension of the strengths and limitations of E-Commerce, and analyse the latest technological trends of trading and marketing (BM 3.7 - MARKETS, DIGITAL BUSINESS)
A12 Clear understanding of the value, purpose, nature and application of research methods in business studies (BM 3.3, 3.4).
A13 Clear understanding of concepts, contexts and processes of innovation management (BM 3.6, 3.7 BUSINESS INNOVATION)
A14 Clear understanding of core theoretical frameworks employed to explore and conceptualize business strategy and international business strategy (BM 3.2, 3.7 BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY)
A15 Clear understanding of how to design, develop, and implement strategic issues to set the direction of a business from start-up stage to high growth performing enterprise
A16 Clear understanding of the notion and nature of business markets, firms as customers and the marketing environment, strategy and approaches governing organisational buyer behaviour
A17 Critical understanding of the conceptual framework illustrating the necessary skills required to design, plan, organise, lead, and control tourism operations and events
A18 Critical understanding of the variety of destination marketing organizations working alongside the tourism industry towards developing an integrated marketing approach
A19 Critical understanding of the key determinants of intercultural awareness and of the close relationship between culture and communication in a globalised reality
A20 Critical understanding of core theoretical frameworks employed to explore and conceptualize business strategy (BM 3.2, 3.7 - BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY)
A21 Demonstration of a critical understanding of relevant literature in the fields of international business and entrepreneurship, demonstration of critical thinking involving the consideration of an alternative approaches and research methods, and application of an appropriate design methodology to achieve aims and objectives of research project.
A22 Critical understanding of core theoretical frameworks related to manufacturing operations, purchasing, transportation, delivery and logistic, as well as of the links between the partners in the chain, including vendors, carriers, and information systems providers
A23 Critical understanding of the principles of commercial law and its application to the development of the firm, with a focus on the rules of Agency, Insolvency principles, the offence of Insider Dealing, and Employment Law (BM 3.4, 3.5)
A24 Critical understanding of concepts, context and theories of business ethics (BM 3.4, 3.5, 3.7 - MARKETS, CUSTOMERS, PEOPLE, ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR, BUSINESS POLICY AND STRATEGY, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY)
A25 Critical understanding of key concepts and tools in international human resource management (BM 3.2, 3.5, 3.7 - PEOPLE)
A26 Critical understanding of the notion of services marketing, differentiated from product centric marketing, as well as of the service process, the role of the customer and the employee in creating service relationships with regards to service encounter
A27 Critical understanding of marketing communications and brand support activities within organisations, as well as of the main issues involved in marketing communications encompassing market conditions, public perceptions, positioning, branding, objectives, planning and strategy, relationships, technology, plus the utilisation of the tools of the promotional mix to deliver the marketing plan.
Learning Methods: Years 0, 1, 2 and 3:
Lectures and tutor-led seminars
Directed reading
Comparative case work in lectures and tutorials
Individual and group tasks

Assessment Methods: Written examinations
Assessed individual and group reports (which may include case study analysis)
Assessed individual essay
Assessed group presentations
Multiple choice class tests
Class test essay
Case study analysis
Simulation game
Interim report
Final research project
Individual reflective journal

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

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C: Practical skills

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D: Key skills

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