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TRV 112: Geography of Tourism II (3 Credits)
Instructor: Talula Guntner


This course focuses on the geographic knowledge necessary to provide effective and efficient service to travel clients. It reviews major destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania with an emphasis on features of touristic importance. This includes documentation required, climate and physical characteristics of the area, accommodations, attractions, and accessibility.

You will learn by studying the text and the online notes, as well as from the research you will do. What you learn in this course will benefit you in your personal travels as well as help you market and sell travel to the destinations studied. By the end of the course, you should have a better understanding of the culture, sites, and climate of the countries studied.




If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the geography of major world destinations.
  2. Identify the main tourist regions of the area based on the physical characteristics, features of touristic importance and transportation patterns and costs.
  3. Interact with clients with confidence and professionalism in preparing itineraries to geographical areas studied as you pursue a career in travel counseling.



The required textbook for this course is:

  • Exploring the World, Geography for Travel Professionals , 2nd edition, by Nona Starr, CTC.
    Published by The Travel Institute), 2005


  • Exploring the World, Geography for Travel Professionals Student Workbook. There are copies of this at the Annandale campus or you can order by mail

For information on how to order your textbooks, go to http://eli.nvcc.edu/books/

Call before going to a campus bookstore to make sure the materials are in stock. If you don't see what you need, ask for assistance. Each bookstore has a separate section for ELI courses. Print this page and take it with you to avoid confusion.



Your course grade will be determined by the assignments and exams, according to the following points:

Assignment Points Percentage of Grade
Worksheets (4)
320 points (80 each)
Exams (5)
600 points (150 each for tests 1, 2 and 100 each for tests 3, 4, 5)
Discussion Board (4)
80 points (20 each)
1000 points

Your final grade will be based on the following scale. Please note that you must also pass al least two of the exams in order to pass the course, regardless of your scores on the other assignments.

Grade Points Percent




There are 5 proctored exams in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

For information on taking exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.



ELI Policies and Procedures

This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Contacting the Instructor


I am here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact me when they do:

E-mail : tguntner@nvcc.edu
Telephone :
(703) 323-3175.
You may also call me to schedule a meeting in person, either at ELI or my campus office in Annandale. 


Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://learn.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.