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Course summary

Tourism is a super-growth industry driving the Australian economy. With more than nine million international visitors every year, here's your chance to be a part of the boom.

Whether you hope to pursue a career in luxury travel, resorts, events and entertainment or travel management, this degree gives you transferrable skills for a career rich with diversity.  

A 14-week internship is a key component of the course – you might find yourself doing a placement in five-star hotels across Australia or undertaking an internship abroad.

You'll learn from experts in the field and specialise in either tourism, hospitality or event management. You’ll join your fellow students on projects exploring the environmental impacts of tourism, tourist behaviours, planning music festivals, enhancing customer service designs, streamlining hotel operations, and the most recent innovations in the sector.

This is a truly global degree with career options spanning tourism planning, attractions and theme parks, eco-tourism, festival planning, hotel and resort management, casino management and restaurant operations in Australia and abroad.



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Students complete 16 core units in business operations, marketing, finance, human resources and regulation and select one of the following majors:
  • Event management
  • Hospitality management
  • Tourism management.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Make decisions and exercise judgement in relation to tourism and/or hospitality management

Review, critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge in tourism and /or hospitality management


Demonstrate creative, strategic and critical thinking with highly developed problem-solving skills

Ethical practice

Demonstrate an understanding of ethical standards and professionalism

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical framework/s and sustainable practices

Act with integrity and responsibility in professional practice

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate substantial knowledge of tourism and /or hospitality within both local and international contexts

Have a deep understanding of those skills relevant to working and managing in tourism and /or hospitality settings

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate independent learning skills, reflection in practice, and information literacy skills for lifelong learning

Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly, coherently and effectively, and be self-aware and empathetic

Demonstrate understanding of team dynamics and the ability to be effective team members

Cultural competence

Demonstrate sensitivity and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people in a range of professional and community contexts

Demonstrate awareness of the cultural, environmental and economic impacts of tourism and/or hospitality management

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.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

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

Graduates might seek 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.

A compulsory 14-week internship program, which counts as four core units of the degree, provides students with a block of practical workplace experience 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.


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

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