Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2019/2020
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on MANAGEMENT DELLE IMPRESE TURISTICHE
Disciplinary sector: 
ORGANIZATION STUDIES (SECS-P/10)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
3
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

Italian

Course description

The aim is to develop knowledge on ways to work and interact by using the new information and communication technologies (ICTs), as well as their impacts on individuals, groups and organizations from tourism industry. The focus is to encourage the understanding of the critical organizational issues arising from the ICTs usage by tourism’s workers and the possible ways enabling organization to resolve them.

Knowledge and understanding: The student should be able to understand the basic concepts of the Management Information Systems in Tourism, with peculiar reference to the adoption of ICTs (for instance the digital marketing platform), as well as their effects on users and organizations operating in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Applying knowledge and understanding: The student should be able to apply the acquired knowledge to tourism organizations that are engaged in the ICTs adoption choices and in their processes of implementation. Similarly, the student will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the information systems used by tourism organizations.

Making judgments: The student should be able to use autonomously the acquired knowledge solving specific issues, such as the analysis of organizational issues arising from the ICTs adoption and the identification of more suitable organizational forms for tourism organizations.

Communication: the student is expected to give clear and in-depth answers to the questions of the written exam and oral exam.

Lifelong learning skills: the student should be able to show a good learning ability, by widening, for example, his/her knowledge with use of relevant bibliographic references. The student will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in previous courses integrating them with the additional professional skills that characterize the course.

Prerequisites

Knowledge and understanding of the main economic and managerial phenomena related to "business organization" course. The student will not be able to take the exam of Turism information systems for tourism if he has not previously passed the exams of Organization of tourism enterprises or, alternatively, Organization of tourism enterprises and events.

Syllabus

Part 1: ICT for workers and organizations (28 hours)
Information Systems. The Organizational Change. The Main Theories and Models on the Technology Acceptance. The ERP systems.
Part 2: The effect of ICTs on Tourism sector's workers and organizations (20 hours)
Information Systems in Tourism. Information Systems for Cruise Terminal Management. Online Travel Agencies. Destination Management Systems.

Teaching Methods

Lectures for developing students' ability to apply theoretical knowledge towards concrete situations. For this reason the teacher will introduce the theoretical issues and he will ask at the students to actively partecipate to discussion, even through the presentation of cases or participation in simulations. Optionally, students can participate in team work for analysing ad-hoc selected case studies.

Textbooks

Part 1:
Piccoli G. (2008), Information Systems for Managers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Part 2:
Pierre J Benckendorff P.J., Sheldon P.J., Fesenmaie D.R. (2003), Tourism Information Technology (2nd Edition), Cabi Tourism Texts.

You can see the recommended books and the teaching materials at the teacher office on appointment.

Learning assessment

Classes are in Italian, but the exam may be taken in English.
A written in class exam of 3 open ended questions (5 points each, maximum 15 points) and an dialogue (maximum 15 points) for those who passed the written exam with 8,5 out of 15 points minimum (18R/30). The duration of the written test is about 40 minutes.
The written and oral tests aim to evaluate the knowledge and organizational skills related to the adoption and use of new ICTs, as well as the impacts on individuals, groups and more generally on organizations operating within the tourism sector.
The final mark takes into account the evaluation of two tests (written and oral), whose evaluation takes into account the efficiency of the methods used, the completeness and accuracy of the answers, as well as the clarity of presentation. Moreover, a part of the final mark (max 3/30) could be also composed of the evaluation of project work (optional).
Attending students can also take an intermediate exam. The intermediate test is composed of three open questions of 5 points each (max 15/30) and focuses on the first part of the course (ICT for workers and organizations). It will be considered for the purposes of the final evaluation if the student obtains 9/15 (or a higher grade) and if they take the written and oral exam within the ongoing semester sessions. Students who pass the intermediate test will be able to take the written and oral exam on the topics included in the second part of the course (the effect of ICTs on Tourism sector's workers and organizations).

More information

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