Unit description

Introduces students to hotel operations within the framework of sustainable development. Focussing on a hotel context , topics covered include policy and planning for sustainable business ,the development and implementation of environmental management systems,  and the management of resource consumption.  Strategic considerations for hotels as service-orientated businesses are considered, such as the integration of service quality into environmental performance.

Unit content

Sustainability and corporate social responsibility: The business response
Tourism and the Environment : A two- way relationship
Environmental accreditation and certification
Developing an Environmental Management System: Process , Barriers and Drivers
Water energy and waste management
Integrating service quality and environmental management

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 2

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

Teaching and assessment

Sydney - The Hotel School

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Case study analysis report and presentation30%
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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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