TOUR7022 ARTICLE REVIEW: Investigating an issue from multiple disciplines

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Type: Report

Weight: 45%

Length: 2000 words (excluding title page; table of contents; reference list; appendices)

INSTRUCTIONS: You are required to read through and follow the steps below to help you complete this assessment task.


STEP 1 ·         You need to select a tourism, hospitality and/or event issue.·         You may choose to use the tutorial issue of ecotourism as the basis for your report.

·         OR, you may choose to use a different issue e.g. Dark tourism, Host-Guest Relationship, Events & Technology.

Note: the issue must relate to tourism, hospitality and/or events.

STEP 2 ·         Undertake research to identify a journal article on your issue that uses a ‘combined disciplinary’ approach.·         This combined approach therefore requires two (or more) disciplines.

Note: if there are more than two disciplines, then two of these disciplines must be those included in this course, and the focus of your report must be on those disciplines.

For Example: A research paper may use a combined approach that incorporates psychology, geography, and marketing. The article can be used, so long as the focus of your report is on the combination of psychology and geography.

·         There are different ways that disciplines can be ‘combined’, including:

o   Disciplines overlap in their focus, E.g. culture, heritage, environment;

o   Disciplines work together to combine their approaches, E.g. Economic Geography;

o   Disciplines can adopt theories from other disciplines, E.g. Education can use motivation theories from psychology; and

o   Disciplines can adopt methods from other disciplines, E.g. Ethnography, Participant Observation.

Tip: Take time to find the journal article as this will actually save you time. Using the right type of article will make the rest of the assessment task much easier. Use the questions in Step 3 as a guide to whether the article has right characteristics for this task.

·         The journal article is an appendix for your report, but you don’t need to actually copy it into your report as you will upload it into the blog instead.

·         The journal article CANNOT be Walter (2020) or Breakey and Breakey (2015) as these papers are used in the course to assist your understanding of this task.

STEP 3 Note: the different coloured text in Step 3 and Step 4 relate to the different sections of your report.·         What is the ‘research problem’ being investigated in this article?

Note: this will be more specific than the issue.

For example, within the issue of ecotourism, a research problem could be ‘why are ecotourists visiting the Great Sandy National Park causing so much environmental damage?’

·         How is the research undertaken?

Questions to consider:

o   What ‘bodies of knowledge’ are included in the Introduction and the Literature Review sections?

o   What method or methods are used?

o   Is the research qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-method?

·         Consider which way the two disciplines are ‘combined’ (see Step 2 for examples).

·         What does Discipline One contribute?

Questions to consider:

o   What is specific to this discipline?

o   How does it contribute to the research? E.g. Knowledge? Theory? Approach? Method?

o   What does it bring to the research that no other discipline could contribute?

·         Similarly, what does Discipline Two contribute?

·         How does using this ‘combined disciplinary approach’ create real-world outcomes?

Questions to consider:

o   What are the practical / managerial implications identified in the research? Note: Various words can be used to present the ‘implications’, such as contributions, recommendations, and findings.

Note: For this task you are not considering the academic / theoretical contributions.

o   How have the two disciplines contributed to each implication?

For example: Discipline One may be the basis for two recommendations, Discipline Two the basis for one recommendation, and the combined disciplines for the fourth recommendation. Alternatively, there may be only two real-world outcomes and both are due to the ‘combined approach’.

STEP 4 ·         Prepare the report using the structure and format details provided below (page 3).·         Use the answers to the questions provided in the previous step (Step 3) to guide the content for the ‘body’ sections of the report.

Tip: use the Marking Rubric to ensure you address each aspect of the criteria in your report, and note the weightings for each criterion.


REPORT STRUCTURE Title page (including word count) Table of contents1.0  Introduction

2.0  The title for this section should include the ‘Issue’, ‘Paper’ and ‘Problem’

E.g. Ecotourism: Research investigating the environmental impacts of visitors to the Great Sandy National Park

3.0 The title for this section presents the ‘The Combined Disciplinary Approach’

E.g. The combined Psychology and Geography approach to the research

4.0 The title for this section is ‘The Real-World Outcomes’

E.g. The outcomes of using a combined Psychology and Geography research approach

5.0  Conclusion

6.0  Reference List

7.0  Appendices

Appendix 1 – Journal Article name

E.g. Appendix 1 – Walter (2019) Community-based ecotourism projects as living museums

Note: do NOT include an Executive Summary (as this is only a short report) or Recommendations (as they are not relevant for this type of task).

FORMAT DETAILS ·         Document Type: Word·         Font type: Calibri, Times New Roman or Arial

·         Font size: 11 point

·         Line spacing: 1.5 spacing

·         Referencing: APA7 or APA6 – The UQ Guide to APA7 reference format is available at:

SUBMISSION Your report must be submitted as a word document through the Turnitin link, and the journal article must be loaded into the Blog.Note: Your assessment cannot be marked until both the report and the journal article are loaded through BlackBoard.

These links will be provided in Blackboard, in the ‘Article Review’ folder under


You can check your Turnitin originality report, and then make changes and resubmit your report if required. This process can be done as many times as you like, up to the due date and time, when your most recent submission will be saved as your submission for marking.

A blog will be provided for you to upload a pdf of the journal article. Ensure that it is clearly labelled, E.g. Walter (2019) Community-based ecotourism projects as living museums.

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