THE RESEARCH METHODS LABORATORY  

Switzerland

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN RESEARCH METHODS: TOURISM PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT

 

COURSE INFORMATION

Programme Number:            PGD-TP101

Contact Hours:                       240

Number of Weeks:                15  (10 weeks on campus and five weeks independent study)

 

DESCRIPTION

Switzerland provides the ideal environment for study on our Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Research Methods: Tourism Planning & Development. The programme provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to design and conduct research projects with a specific focus on Tourism Planning and Development. The programme comprises a range of taught modules, as well as the opportunity to research topics or areas of special interest. Tourism is one of the world’s largest economic sectors and is the subject of research by both the private and public sectors as investors and governments seek to develop sustainable (economic, social and environmental) tourism. As a result of this global interest in tourism planning and development our programme provides you with an opportunity to gain a qualification which greatly enhances your employability in today’s competitive workplace environment. The special feature of our PGD course is that it provides opportunities for students to gain experience through industry interaction, optional internship and live METLAB projects.

 

The programme aims to:

  • enable you to understand a range of relevant methodological and ethical issues
  • equip you with basic and advanced qualitative research skills (transferable skills)
  • equip you with the necessary resources in order to conduct and evaluate research in academic, commercial or professional environments.
   

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

Module

Contact Hours

Introduction to Research Methods

50

Research Design

50  

Tourism Research

20

Research Populations, Access and Ethics

40

Data Collection & Analysis

40

Communicating Research Findings

40

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirement is a university degree or its equivalent, or significant professional experience. Postgraduate study requires that you have the ability to:


  • write accurately, clearly and concisely
  • read large quantities of text accurately and critically
  • argue logically, consistently and skeptically
  • organize evidence to support a logical argument.
   


ASSESSMENT

Students are assessed at the end of each module. Various forms of assessment are used across the modules. The pass mark for each module is 60%. Any student who fails an assessment will be entitled to ONE resubmission. The table below provides guidance on the general criteria used to assess submitted work. Specific advice on individual modules’ assessment will be supplied by the module coordinators. All assessed work will be double-marked before a grade is awarded.

 

  

Grade %

  

Description

90%+
  

Truly Exceptional/Outstanding demonstration of learning outcomes:  wide, appropriate knowledge and   understanding (and where appropriate effective project work) including   outstanding insight and/or originality

 80-89%
  

Evidence   of reading and thought beyond course/assignment materials appropriate use of   references and exemplars an exceptionally high standard of writing and   communication. Excellent demonstration of learning outcomes:    wide, appropriate knowledge and understanding including insight and/or   originality, evidence of reading and thought beyond course/assignment   materials, appropriate use of references and exemplars, a high standard of writing and communication.

70-79%
  

Good   - Comprehensively Good demonstration of learning outcomes: wide appropriate   knowledge and understanding (and where appropriate effective project work)   with only occasional lapses in detail evidence of reading and thought beyond   course/assignment materials a high standard of writing and communication.

60-69%
  

Generally   Satisfactory demonstration of learning outcomes: sound knowledge and   understanding of essential material (and where appropriate essential project   skills). General accuracy with occasional mistakes and/or uncoordinated use   of information.

50-59%
  

Unsatisfactory   demonstration of learning outcomes: some very basic knowledge and   understanding (and where appropriate basic project skills). Omissions and/or   weaknesses of presentation and/or logic and/or evidence.  Inconsistency in argument and   unsubstantiated assertion.

40-49%
  

Poor performance in learning outcomes: some relevant information and limited   understanding (and where appropriate some project work completed under   supervision). Omissions and/or weaknesses of presentation and/or logic and/or   evidence lack of familiarity with the subject of assessment and/or assessment   vehicle. Inconsistency in argument and unsubstantiated assertion.

01-39%

Very weak performance in learning outcomes.    Little evidence that learning or project work was seriously attempted.   Entirely inconsistency in argument and unsubstantiated assertion

0%

No work submitted for assessment

 

CAREER RELEVANCE AND EMPLOYABILITY

The Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism Planning Research will equip you with key skills directly relevant to careers in public, private, or NGO sector organisations. As part of the programme, in addition to tourism specific skills, you will also develop a range of transferable skills – including the ability to work independently, communicate clearly, and analyse complex information – valued by employers in all sectors.  


PROGRAMME FEE

The fee for this programme is CHF26,500 (including accommodation and learning materials)

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information, or to apply for a place on the programme please visit our website or email us.

Web: www.metlab.ch      Email: applications@metlab.ch