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TOUR7052 - Travel Distribution and Transport Systems

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TOUR7052 acquaints students with international, regional and local transport modes, networks and patterns, passenger flows and regulation. This course has been developed using a 'flipped teaching' model in the form of blended learning that includes the use of technology to leverage learning during class time, so the lecturer can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. Students spend their class time working in teams on a simulation or problem-based learning activities. TOUR7052 is a small postgraduate coursework subject with about 90 students.

A range of technologies (padlet, simulation, online lectures) are used and students work their way through authentic learning experiences aligned to the assessment. The best dates for visits would be review weeks (when the students use padlet to generate questions about the course content) and practice weeks (when students apply their learning by working on problem-based learning activities). Review weeks are 7/3, 28/3, 16/5. Practice weeks are 11/4, 9/5, 30/5.

Dr Pierre Benckendorff has more than 15 years experience in education and research in the tourism field. His passion for travel and tourism has taken him to some of the world’s leading theme parks and airports, the major cities of Europe and North America, the African Savannah and the bustling streets of Asia. He has also travelled extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand. His research interests include visitor behaviour, tourism information technologies, and tourism education and training. He has authored over 80 publications in these areas in leading international journals and is a regular speaker at tourism research conferences. Pierre is actively involved in a number of national projects totalling over $700,000 in grant funding. He is on the editorial board for the Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research and is a regular reviewer of papers published in some of the world’s leading academic tourism journals.

Pierre is also an award winning university lecturer and has held several teaching and learning leadership positions at both The University of Queensland and James Cook University. In 2007 he received a national Carrick (now Office for Learning and Teaching) citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. He has developed and taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in introductory tourism management, international tourism, tourist behaviour, tourism and leisure futures, tourism transportation, tourism operations, tourism technologies, tourism analysis, business skills and marketing communications.

He is currently the co-chair of knowledge creation for the BEST Education Network and in this capacity has worked with the World Travel and Tourism Council to edit a book of international cases based on Tourism for Tomorrow award finalists and winners. He has also co-authored one of the leading textbooks on tourism and information technology.

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