Assessment 2 – Book Review (20%)
Due Date: 22 MARCH 2019
You will find a range of tourism, hospitality & events related academic books to chose from
in the library. There are also a number of e-books available through Curtin’s library, the
choice is yours! However, your book selection will need to be approved by the lecturer in
Week 2 (this can be done by email).
Your book review needs to be submitted electronically: Save the book review as a Word
document (your name – book title.doc) and upload it onto Blackboard (Assignment Box 2).
During Weeks 6 -11 students are required to make an appointment with their lecturer to
briefly discuss their selected book (5% of mark).
Mark Allocation: Written component – 15%
Presentation – 5%
Before you get started with the actual review, please consider the following:
A book review is different from a summary in that it includes a description but also an
evaluation of the book. In the context of Principles of Tourism, Hospitality & Events
(MGMT2010) this means that you will have to consider if you would recommend the text
you have chosen to review to your fellow students. So when writing the review keep your
audience (i.e. the other class members) in mind as this will help define the emphasis you put
on various parts of the review. Writing a book review does not necessarily mean that you
will have to read the entire book from the first to the last page! But you will have to assess
its structure and get a feel for the author(s)’ writing style, if information is presented in an
easy to digest manner, if the text is well structured with a logic sequence of arguments and
if claims made are well supported (i.e. referencing). This might be done best by reading a
few key chapters.
§ In general, the review should be between 500-1000 words long.
§ The structure is that of an essay (introduction – main body – conclusion).
§ Start with the most obvious information, e.g. author(s) / editor(s), their affiliation,
publisher, year of publication, which edition it is, if it is a textbook or a research text.
§ In an introduction paragraph briefly summarise what the book is all about – reading
the blurb at the back of the book cover might be useful for this …
§ Provide an overview of the structure of the book (look at the content page!)
§ Highlighting particular features, e.g. the use of case studies, the text’s international
focus, the inclusion of review questions after each chapter, if there are many
diagrams / photos / maps, if the book is well indexed.
§ Discuss in more detail a particular aspect featured in the book and evaluate the way
the author(s)’ have approached / presented this aspect. You can, for example, use
quotations from the book to illustrate your point. Remember, you are not to discuss
the content of the book as such, but assess the way it is presented!
§ Summarise your assessment (e.g. appraisal of the book’s strengths and weaknesses)
and conclude with a recommendation or otherwise to your fellow students.
Examples of book reviews can be found in most academic journals. There is also an example
of a review uploaded onto Blackboard