Courses & Units

Tourism Research Project HGA711



Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2020. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.


The research project will consist of research conducted in a selected area of Tourism or Cultural Heritage. To develop your Research Project, you will work with your lecturer to formulate a consultancy style report that will be based upon a selected research question and a rea-life industry issue. You will learn how to assess available secondary data sources critically and review methodological options for assessing this style of data. You will also learn options for knowledge transfer, pitching research proposals, applying for research grants and appropriate communications techniques. You will collect secondary data and assess the contributions of the thesis research in light of current tourism or cultural heritage literature.

The project will be a written consulting style document of 4,500 words in length and will include:

  • an introduction with clearly defined research questions
  • a critical review of academic and industry ‘grey’ literature relevant to the research question
  • a section that critically reviews options for use of secondary data
  • a detailed methods section that critically reviews options for assessing data sources
  • detailed analysis of results
  • a discussion that assesses the theoretical and practical implications of the findings.

You will also present your research question at a research seminar that will be conducted during your project. This unit is taught in Hobart using blended delivery. There are four compulsory workshops that will delivered on the Hobart campus throughout the semester. The remainder of the unit is delivered online.


Unit name Tourism Research Project
Unit code HGA711
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Can Seng Ooi

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Winter school Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020
Winter school 1/6/2020 10/6/2020 22/6/2020 12/7/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

Design a research project in Tourism or Cultural Heritage Management

Select and evaluate appropriate research methods for a given project

Communicate research findings and their implications in appropriate oral and written formats



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $2,702.00 080323

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

4 x 6hr Workshop


Project plan (20%)

Report (70%)

Oral presentation of project aims (10%)

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