Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

304247 v.3 Graduate Certificate in Ecotourism Development


Course CRICOS Code: 041927B
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 0.5 Years


Ecotourism is nature based tourism that incorporates interpretation and education as part of the tourist experience. It involves an interaction with the natural and cultural environment within the context of long term, sustainable resource use. This requires a broad understanding of society and environment and the course has been designed for those who have developed such an insight through workplace or educational experience. It recognises the need for cross-disciplinary teaching and learning drawingits educational focus from the Schools of Architecture, Construction and Planning, Management, Social Science and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies. It balances conceptual and applied approaches with an emphasis on case and field analysis to expose thepractice, potential and problems of developing and managing ecotourism projects. The course should appeal to employees and operators within the existing tourism sector seeking to expand an understanding and appreciation of future tourism opportunities based around environmental sensitivity and interpretation.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A degree from a recognised tertiary institution or equivalent, or a minimum five years work experience in the tourist industry.

Specific Requirements

Students are required to undertake field work exercises and site visits.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is of one semester full-time or equivalent part-time study. As an alternative to full or part-time study, the course has been designed to accommodate block (intensive) teaching of units on a short course basis.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

13327 v.3   Tourism Management (Principles and Practices) 560 3.0 25.0
304236 v.2   Ecotourism and Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region 500 3.0 25.0
304237 v.3   Planning for Sustainable Tourism Development 500 3.0 25.0
304244 v.3   Indigenous Heritage and Tourism 500 1.5 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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