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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 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 overseas. 

Career opportunities

Professional positions in the tourism and hospitality industries, government agencies and other associated services; hotel and resort management; club and gaming operations and management; restaurant and catering management; tourism destination planning and marketing; tourism policy development; ecotourism; sport tourism; visitor management; tourism retail management; and theme parks or other tourism attractions. 

Professional placement

An 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.

Major areas of study

The Hotels and Resorts major aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to successfully work in 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 Health and Wellness major examines the factors shaping the spa experience and the health and wellness industry in both a local and international context. Gaining knowledge through areas such as managing spa properties, health and wellness tourism resources, marketing and special interest tourism, students engage with the complexities of operating and managing within these sectors. 

In each major, students also have the opportunity to select from a diverse range of 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, convention and exhibition planning and event operations management.

Our majors and elective choices introduce students to a range of operational and managerial practices that they may then apply to organisations within Australia and overseas. 

Please note: some units in these majors may only be available to study online.

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 than twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. eight (8) units from one of the majors under Part B; or
    3. six (6) units from one of the majors under Part B and two (2) elective units from the University-wide offerings; or
    4. eight (8) units from Part C; or
    5. six (6) units from Part C and two (2) elective units from the University-wide offerings.
  2. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management, a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. eight (8) units listed in Part A; and
    2. eight (8) units from either Part B or C, excluding MNG73005 and MNG73006.
  3. A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management, may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management following withdrawal from the Bachelor Degree.

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'