40 credits at level HE6
The Project module is designed to give the learner the opportunity to pursue a piece of individual research under the supervision of a tutor.
The Project topic, which will be selected by the learner, must
Be relevant to International Tourism Management
Be academically rigorous
Be a unique piece of work
Address a specific question or issue
Require familiarity with a range of data, research sources and appropriate methodologies
Require a critical evaluation of theories, principles, concepts and models
The learner will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of theoretical models and contemporary literature relevant to their chosen area of study. They will be required to demonstrate creativity in identifying, stating and restating the problem in terms of the literature and models available. They will be expected to demonstrate a high degree of analytical and critical ability in the application of theoretical frameworks and literature, resulting in the synthesis of appropriate conclusions (and recommendations where necessary).
In addtion to the project, the learner is required to demonstrate research skills development through the completion of workshop tasks, as well as the production of a reflective/critical research journal
Students will build on the skills developed within the Research Methods module.
Support will be given via individual tutorial and workshop support in areas such as:
Development of a Literature Review and Research Methodology
Data Collection and Analysis
Writing Up Results
Compiling a critical Research Journal
The subject matter of the Project will be determined by the learner, subject to the approval of his or her Project supervisor.
The Project module is designed to develop the learnerís ability to undertake independent research, with limited tutor guidance. There are however a number of formal taught sessions allocated to the start of this module. The sessions will take the form of briefings and workshop sessions.
Learners are required to attend a minimum number of planned tutorials (7) with their supervisor and are expected to demonstrate learner autonomy by taking the initiative in seeking further support and feedback. Formative feedback will be ongoing via the programme of tutorial meetings. Summative assessment and feedback will be via a process of double marking and external moderation.
Lectures/Workshop sessions = 15 hours
Tutorials = 4 hours
Independent study = 381 hours
Total learning hours = 400 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of a specific International Tourism Management issue
have independently researched and evaluated a relevevant problem or issue
have identified and explained relevant theories, principles, concepts, models and frameworks
have identified, retrieved and utilised relevant source material
|2.||be able to formulate a research question and/or hypothesis||have identified and defined a problem or hypothesis which has been accepted by their disseration tutor|
|3.||be able to plan independent research into a relevant issue and problem
||have presented a research plan demonstrating a coherent methodology using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques|
|4.||be able to demonstrate the use of a range technological applications||have used information technology effectively to complete the project|
|5.||be able to identify strengths and weaknesses through critical self-appraisal and feedback||have critically reviewed own work and have sought and responded to feedback in tutorial sessions|
|6.||set and revise research goals as a result of self evaluation||have made improvements to the the research process|
|7.||be able to demonstrate skills of evaluation, criticism and synthesis in relation to secondary and primary information sources||
have critically analysed relevant concepts, principles, models, etc
have produced a synthesis of secondary and primary information
have drawn relevant conclusions
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||workshop assessment||Reflective/critical research journal||project of 10,000 words||Viva|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Altinay, L. and Paraskevas, A. (2008) Planning Research in Hospitality and Tourism, Oxford: Butterworth: Heinemann
Bryman, A. (2007) Business Research Methods 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Gomm, R. (2003) Social Science Research Methods: An Introduction. Basingstoke. Palgrave.
Long, J. (2007) Researching Leisure, Sport and Tourism: The Essential Guide, London: Sage
Saunders, M. (2006) Research Methods for Business Students 4th ed. Harlow: Financial Times Hall
Veal, A. (2006) Research Methods for Leisure & Tourism: a Practical Guide, 3rd ed. London: Pitman Publishing
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