Unit description

Develops understanding of the importance and application of the research process to tourism and hospitality businesses. Explains, through a project-based teaching approach, how to develop a research question and choose the appropriate data collection, analysis and presentation methods. Students gain skills in the planning, preparation and design of a tourism or hospitality research project.

Unit content

  1. Introducing tourism research
  2. Beginning research
  3. Review of related literature
  4. Research design
  5. Quantitative methods
  6. Qualitative methods
  7. Selecting the sample
  8. Analysing the data
  9. Reporting the research

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Jennings, G, 2010, Tourism Research, 2nd edn, Wiley, Milton. ISBN: 9781742164601.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Singapore - MDIS

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Research proposal and Literature review40%

Uzbekistan - MDIS Tashkent

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Research proposal and Literature review40%

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Fee information


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