Gold Coast

Unit description

Introduces students to the games, the people and the places associated with modern gambling. A problem-based learning approach is then used to teach students how to create a gaming room floor using both consumer behaviour and harm minimisation principles.

Unit content

Topic 1: Gambling, gaming and wagering
Topic 2: The psychology of gamblers
Topic 3: The gambling environment
Topic 4: Consumer behaviour and servicescapes
Topic 5: Gaming room design
Topic 6: Ethical practices in the provision of gambling
Topic 7: Thinking creatively
Topic 8: Creating a safer gambling environment

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1Describe an aspect of modern gamblingKnowledge of a discipline
2Evaluate a gaming room floor using servicescape principlesKnowledge of a discipline
3Create a harm minimisation strategy CreativityEthical practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe an aspect of modern gambling
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Evaluate a gaming room floor using servicescape principles
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Create a harm minimisation strategy
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Short written response10%
Case study35%
Creative work55%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Short written response10%
Case study35%
Creative work55%

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