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Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management

2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management 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 by tourism and hospitality employers both in Australia and overseas.

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 ship tourism, coastal and marine tourism, food and beverage management, event management, gaming management and sport tourism), or select one of three majors.

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 can pursue positions in the tourism and hospitality industries, as well as in government agencies and other associated services. They may work in hotel and resort management, club and gaming operations and management, event and convention coordination, tourism destination planning and marketing, tourism policy development, ecotourism, sports tourism, visitor management, tourism retail management and theme parks or other tourist attractions.

Professional placement

An internship program, which counts as four 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.

Major areas of study

The Hotels and Resorts major aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to successfully manage and promote a hospitality organisation or operation. Students study contemporary trends in the industry, and the political and cultural factors that shape the way hospitality organisations are managed. Students in this major will gain an understanding of key functional areas of operating and managing hospitality operations including sales and promotion, food and beverage management and rooms division management.

The Tourism major offers students a complete grounding in tourism management in both Australian and international contexts. This major aims to equip students with an understanding of important concepts related to tourist behaviour and the tourist experience, destination planning, sustainability and the management of tourism operations.

The Casino and Gaming major covers key issues in managing gaming venues, including the basic principles behind game design, utilising new technology, engaging with the community and strategically planning the future of the gaming business.

In each major, students also have the opportunity to select from a diverse range of interesting electives, depending on their interests and desired career direction, such as the cruise business, coastal and marine tourism, wine studies, special interest tourism, sport tourism, special events planning, convention and exhibition planning and event operations management.

Please note: some units in these majors may only be available to study by distance education.

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 Tourism and Hospitality Management, a candidate shall successfully complete not less that twenty-four (24) units comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules (First year core units);
    2. all units listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules (Second and Third year core units); and
    3. Eight (8) units from one of the majors under Part C of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; or
    4. Six (6) units from one of the majors under Part C of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules and two (2) elective units from the University-wide offerings; or
    5. Eight (8) units from Part D of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; or
    6. Six (6) units from Part D of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules and two (2) elective units from the University-wide offerings.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

International students

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

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

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'