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Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management

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About this course

The Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University prepares students for a career in tourism and hospitality, providing a thorough understanding of tourism and hospitality management underpinned by core business skills.
 
This course combines a rigorous and contemporary curriculum with practical industry-based experience and the opportunity to develop professional networks. Students will graduate with the skills and knowledge sought after in the tourism and hospitality industries. 
 
A compulsory internship is a key feature of this course and counts as four compulsory units of the degree. During this internship, students establish valuable industry experience, confidence and networks. 
 
There are two pathways within this course. Students can either study elective units from a broad range of industry-specific topics (such as international destination management, cruise tourism, coastal and marine tourism, food and beverage management, conference and event management, gaming management and sport tourism), or select one of the three majors.
 
This course offers an optional international exchange program for second-year students to study overseas.

Career opportunities

Professional management positions in a range of tourism and hospitality operations including hotels and resorts; clubs and gaming operations; restaurants and catering; tourism destination planning and marketing; tourism policy development; ecotourism; visitor management; tourism retail management; tourist attractions and theme parks; conference and event operations.

Professional placement

A compulsory internship program, which counts as four core units of the degree, provides students with a block of practical workplace experience during their final study session that involves working in a hospitality, event or tourism organisation in Australia or overseas.

Students are responsible for securing their internship placement and are given extensive assistance in interview and application procedures, access to an extensive database of potential employers and roles and ongoing support from the dedicated Work Integrated Learning team.

Major areas of study

Students complete 16 core units and select one of the following majors:
  • Event Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Tourism Management.

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, as well as interactive assessments such as blogs, wikis, online discussion boards and multi-media presentations. 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.

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Course requirements

To be awarded the Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management, students must successfully complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points) comprising:

i.  All core units; and

ii. 1 major; or

iii. 8 elective units

Exit Award

Students can exit with the Associate Degree of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management if 16 units (192 credit points) have been completed.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

SCU STAR Early Entry applications for current Year 12 students

Important: if you are attending Year 12 at a SCU Partner School, you're eligible to apply for STAR Early Entry. This gives you the opportunity to receive an early offer based on your Principal's recommendation.

On-campus Session 1 and 2

On-campus applications for this course are made through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

On-campus Session 3

Applications to study this course on-campus commencing in Session 3 are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

Online Sessions 1, 2 and 3 (external)

Applications for this course to study online 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.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

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