Technology by degrees: teaching information technology to tourism undergraduates: a case study

Document Type

Book chapter

Publication details

Weeks, P & Culnane, J 2001, 'Technology by degrees: teaching information technology to tourism undergraduates: a case study', in G Williams, W Chernish, & R McKercher (eds), The internet and travel and tourism education, The Haworth Hospitality Press, New York, NY, pp. 39-59. ISBN: 0789016516

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This paper examines the implications of teaching a 'stand alone' information technology unit to undergraduate students in a Bachelor of Business in Tourism degree program at Southern Cross University. The subject (unit) is an elective unit and is offered in the students' second and third years of study. While the debate rages as to the perspicacity of teaching technology as an independent unit, rather than incorporating technology theory and practice into other subjects as necessary, the authors have made the decision to run such a unit in independent form. The subject has only recently been adopted and 2000 was its second year of offering. Curriculum was created through liaison and discussion between several staff at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management in an attempt to link topics and themes to other subjects across the degree program. The case study explores issues relating to curriculum, extent to which the Internet is used within the subject, as well as staff and student perceptions of the course. Outcomes from evaluation and feedback suggest that Internet-as-resource rather than Internet-as-core provides the most flexible and students- centred learning approach. Students found the unit useful in terms of prospective employment and in broadening their general knowledge of technology in tourism and hospitality.