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Bachelor of Business in International Tourism Management

About this course

This course will be replaced by the Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management in 2015.

The Bachelor of Business in International Tourism Management prepares students for a career in the tourism industry by providing a global perspective and understanding of the industry. The course provides students with a thorough understanding of tourism management at both the domestic and international levels, underpinned by core business skills. They gain a balance between research, theory and application to provide relevant skills and knowledge highly sought after by tourism industry employers both in Australia and overseas.

This course offers an optional international exchange program for second year students to study in the United States, Canada, England, Austria, the Netherlands or Hong Kong.

Career opportunities

Graduates typically pursue positions in a wide range of tourism, hospitality, leisure and events industries, as well as in government agencies and other associated services. They may work in hotel and resort management, tourism destination planning, ecotourism, sports tourism, visitor management, international destination marketing, and theme parks or other tourist attractions.

Professional placement

An internship program, which counts as four units of the degree, provides students in their final study session with a block of practical workplace experience in a hospitality, event or tourism organisation in Australia or overseas. Students also have the option to undertake a research-based project.

Major areas of study

There are two pathways in this course. Students can either study elective units from a broad range of industry-specific topics (such as international destination management, cruise ship tourism, global politics in tourism, Asia Pacific tourism and sustainable tourism), or study the Sport Tourism and Enterprise major at the Lismore campus.

The Sport Tourism and Enterprise offers students a complete grounding of sport tourism in the global and Australian contexts, covering the entrepreneurial functions of the industry and the issues confronting it. This major aims to equip students in the management and promotion of sporting events, and includes studies such as sport public relations, policy and planning, business development for sport tourism, international transport and tourism, and international tourism destinations.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed in each unit on the basis of written and/or oral assignments. These may include researched essays, reports, presentations, case studies, portfolios, online discussions, tests and exams. Students may also be asked to participate in group work as well as individual assignments. The weighting of assessment marks between assignments and examinations varies.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Business in International Tourism Management, a candidate shall complete twenty-four (24) units comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
    2. all units listed in Part B of the Schedule attached to these Rules; or
    3. eight (8) units from one of the two (2) options under Part C of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; or
    4. six (6) units from one of the two (2) options under Part C of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules and two (2) units from the University-wide offerings.
  2. To be eligible for the Award of Associate Degree of Business in International Tourism Management, a candidate shall complete sixteen (16) units comprising:
    1. eight (8) units from Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
    2. eight (8) units from Part B or Part C of the Schedule.

International Exchange Program

Candidates permitted to participate in an exchange program at an approved partner university overseas shall:

  1. undertake units at the partner university which have been approved by the Course Coordinator;
  2. successfully complete the equivalent of a full time student load at the partner university in order to receive a maximum of four (4) units recorded as “Satisfied Requirements” at Southern Cross University; and
  3. abide by the rules and conditions of the partner university and the exchange agreement.

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates who have successfully completed the requirements of the Associate Degree of Business in International Tourism Management at this University, may be granted advanced standing for up to sixteen (16) units towards the Bachelor of Business in International Tourism Management.
  2. The School Board may grant advanced standing of up to sixteen (16) units, provided that:
    1. a maximum of four (4) units are counted towards Intern Study; and
    2. a maximum of twelve (12) units are counted towards units other than Intern Study.
  3. Advanced Standing of up to eight (8) units may be granted to candidates who have completed another undergraduate award of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. In addition, a candidate may apply to the Head of School to substitute other units for those previously completed. Unit substitution does not reduce the number of units required to complete the course. Advanced Standing in excess of eight (8) units may be granted by the Head of School in exceptional circumstances.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

Applications for this course are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'