Unit description

Provides the theoretical and technical skills to apply the principles and concepts of special events planning. Examines the nature and characteristics of events, their positive and negative impacts on the economic, environmental, socio-cultural and political environments and associated implications pertaining to the sustainable planning and management of events in the global and local marketplace.

Unit content

Topic 1            Festival and special event definitions and categories, event tourism & sustainability

Topic 2            Impacts:  economic, environmental, socio-cultural & political

Topic 3            Organisational structures, administration and governance

Topic 4            Financial management and contracts

Topic 5            Programming concepts, and core values

Topic 6            Site and venue selection

Topic 7           Design feasibility

Topic 8           Sponsorship

Topic 9           Grant proposals

Topic 10         Evaluation and acquittal processes

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 3

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

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hr (Weekly for 12 weeks)
Practical skills35%
Exam: closed book30%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hrs (weekly for 12 weeks)
Practical skills35%
Exam: closed book30%

Singapore - MDIS

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Practical skills35%
Exam: closed book30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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