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Course summary

If you want to live, work and succeed in the great destinations of the world, this course is designed to place you ahead of the competition.

The tourism and hospitality industry is vital to national and regional economies, a fact we appreciate every day from our campuses located at the centre of vibrant tourism industries.

This flexible course covers entrepreneurship and marketing, accounting and management, tourism planning, systems and contemporary hotel management. You will also undertake research into a topic that particularly fascinates you, ultimately contributing new knowledge and perspective to a diverse and thriving industry.

With employers increasingly on the look-out for innovative thinkers and leaders, our graduates will have opportunities across areas including hotels, airlines, event management, destination marketing and tourism start-ups.

Advanced standing may apply to students who have completed relevant undergraduate and postgraduate study. 



Depending on unit availabilities, previous study or work experience, students may be able to complete their degree in a shorter duration than indicated.

Gold Coast1, 2, 3
Online1, 2, 3


Gold Coast1, 2, 3

The course provides a comprehensive study of aspects of tourism and hotel management from both theoretical and practical 'real world' perspectives taught by academics with industry backgrounds.

You also undertake an independent research project (equal to two units), towards the end of your degree, to focus on an aspect of tourism that interests you.

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 informed decisions and demonstrate autonomous discernment in relation to a range of contexts

Investigate, critically analyse, synthesise and interpret complex knowledge in the field of tourism and hotel management

Justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions


Apply creative, strategic and critical thinking to expert problem-solving and be adaptive to new circumstances

Generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at both an abstract and practical level

Ethical practice

Demonstrate superior knowledge and understanding of ethical standards and professionalism

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

Act with integrity, responsibility and adaptability in professional practice

Knowledge of a discipline

Contextualise advanced and integrated knowledge of recent developments in tourism and hotel management within local and international contexts

Demonstrate advanced and integrated theoretical knowledge in the study of tourism and hotel management

Apply research principles and methods appropriate to the industry

Lifelong learning

Utilize independent and expert learning skills, reflective practice, and a high level of information literacy skills for lifelong learning

Demonstrate expert judgement in planning and decision making

Plan and execute a capstone research-based project and/or piece of scholarship

Communication and social skills

Interpret, develop and communicate complex ideas clearly, coherently and effectively

Be self-aware and empathetic in professional practice

Demonstrate an understanding of team dynamics and reflect on ability to be an effective member of a team and/or community of practice

Cultural competence

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

Justify and interpret cultural, environmental and economic impacts

You 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 more interactive assessments such as blogs, wikis, online discussion boards and multi-media presentations. You 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 are suited to supervisory or management positions in resorts, hotels, government tourism bodies, non-profit, destination marketing, and tourism organisations, airlines, convention and event operators and other special interest tourism businesses. 

As part of this course, you may choose to undertake a 300-hour internship (equivalent to two units) in either a paid or volunteer role. This practical experience, combined with theoretical understanding, enhances your learning experience in this high growth area.

You are responsible for securing their internship placement but 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'